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high speed ferry an ocracoke possibility?

During the summer the wait for the Hatteras/Ocracoke ferry can be up three hours. But what if there was a high speed passenger only ferry connection that could alleviate much of the day-tripper congestion at the terminal? Sundae Horn, over at the Ocracoke Current, explores these burning questions: is it feasible and would YOU ride it?

Mary D Odyssey by Austral Industries. High speed ferry with 138 passenger capacity and speeds of 36 knots.

Mary D Odyssey by Austral Industries. High speed ferry with 138 passenger capacity and speeds of 36 knots.

“We could put 150 people on a fast ferry and put them in Silver Lake where they don’t need a car,” he said, referring to Ocracoke Village’s walkability, not to mention the golf carts, scooters, and bikes ready to rent.

Goodwin thinks many visitors would choose to leave their cars behind on Hatteras if they could get to Ocracoke faster. Facing a three-hour wait to take your vehicle over on a slow boat versus a 40-minute ride to the village that you can board right away – which would you choose?”

 

To read the rest of this story and see the answer to this question on the Ocracoke Current, go HERE.

 

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