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The annual Guemes Island Ferry haul-out will take place starting Wednesday, from September 24 through October 14.

The M/V Guemes will depart Anacortes for Foss Shipyard in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at approximately 9:00 p.m. The car ferry’s last run will occur Tuesday, September 23 at 8:30 p.m. The vessel is scheduled to return to regular service Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 a.m.

To improve reliability, lower costs, and protect capital improvement, Skagit County adopted a maintenance program that includes an annual dry-docking of the Guemes Island Ferry. Work to be done on the vessel during the haul-out period includes hull cleaning and painting, zinc replacement, UT shots of the hull and fire system piping, replacing hydraulic and oil lines for main engines and outdrives, removing, re-conditioning and re-installing propellers, replacing seals in outdrives, piping modifications and steel renewal in the engine rooms, painting of the house, car deck and voids and other maintenance items.

In addition, the M/V Guemes will be inspected by the US Coast Guard for its required dry dock credit.

Arrow Launch will provide passenger-only service beginning September 24, 2014 at 6:00 a.m. that will operate according to the regular sailing schedule. This service will operate from the ferry’s regular docks in Anacortes and on Guemes Island. Please note the passenger-only service will operate on the peak sailing schedule through September 30, 2014.

Beginning October 1, 2014, the service will operate on the non-peak sailing schedule. The sailing schedules and passenger fares can be found at The passenger-only vessel accommodates 49 passengers and carries both bicycles and small motorbikes. Skagit Transit will provide a bus on Guemes Island to provide transportation to and from the ferry dock.

More information, as it becomes available, will be published on the Ferry service website.

Photo: "Guemes Ferry" by Dustin Creviston Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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