Ferry service in the San Juan Islands has hit another speed bump as the Hyak will be pulled for up to two weeks while Washington State Ferries replaces its generator.
Beginning Thursday, Aug. 31, the Kitsap to move from Mukilteo/Clinton to replace Hyak on Anacortes/San Juan Islands. This will result in a capacity decrease of 20 vehicles. Due to the reduction in capacity, reservations on some sailings may be booked over the capacity for the smaller vessel. WSF will identify and work with reservation holders on these sailings. In order to accommodate those reservation holders, standby space may be very limited or unavailable on some sailings. Customers are advised to make reservations where possible and travel on the sailing as reserved.
Scheduled to be out just for the day on Wednesday, Aug. 30 for “routine maintenance,” WSF crews discovered that the service generator which provides electricity to the ferry has a problem. Earlier this month, crews on the Hyak discovered a coolant system failure after noticing oil and water mixing in one of its engine generators. After conducting an investigation early morning on Aug. 30, WSF maintenance crews determined that it would take longer to repair the generator than to replace it.