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Ocracoke Passenger Ferry




My Rotary club had a presentation from Jedd Dixon of NCDOT. This has probably already been posted however, there will be a passenger-only ferry from HI to Ocracoke starting sometime this summer. It will hold about 100 passengers but has a max of 150. I believe 4 trips a day.
Check it out.

www.ncdot.gov/ferry/passengerferry.html


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There must be a different ferry terminal than what they have there now because it's 15 miles from the ferry dock to the town (or close to it). Where is Silver Lake Ferry Dock ? Is the the one in town on Silver Lake? How would the passenger ferry get to it?





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Seems like a long trip




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So who's going to use it? Is their a major parking issue in downtown Ocracoke?


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According to research many people don't go to Ocracoke because of the long wait for the ferry to take their passenger car to Ocracoke. This ferry will take them right to the Silver Lake area where they don't need a car. Pretty good for a day trip or a weekend trip to just walk the island. The ferry ride should take 70 minutes for the passenger Ferry as opposed to 60 minutes and a 20 minute drive for the automobile ferry. The businesses are screaming for it and they are being heard. I think plenty of people will use it and yes even the locals.


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Seems like a long trip

Tim-OBX


It will actually be more of a rectangular trip straight out to deeper water, straight down off the coast and then right up to the Silver Lake area. Jedd showed us a slideshow so I'm sorry I can't make it more clear.

www.ncferry.org


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Great new service. I first thought it would be probably a longer overall trip but sounds like it will be 10 minutes faster and without the waiting and the looking for parking in the village. Maybe not for everyone because if a couple is going with 3 children it will cost you $75 round trip (children under 5 are free).


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It will be interesting to see how things are handled when the weather turns bad and they can't get the folks who came on that ferry back to Hatteras.


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Why would the weather issue be any different from the current Vehicle Ferry? Wouldn't they have the same problem for Day trippers


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Bobby,
How are they going to deal with parking at the ferry dock? I have not been down that far in months - are they going to build a garage? Parking there is tough in the summer as cars wait for the ferry.


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They are adding at least a hundred more spaces including a large gazebo to wait under for the ferry to arrive. I don't know all the details other than Jedd educated as on during his presentation yesterday. It appears to me though that this is a carefully planned venture with its sight on success

www.ncferry.org


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Why would the weather issue be any different from the current Vehicle Ferry? Wouldn't they have the same problem for Day trippers

terpsno1


Our summer squalls with associated lightning can come on pretty quickly. Have you ever run off the beach and jumped into your vehicle to get out of a lightning storm?

I’m imaging folks will take cover in nearby shops and restaurants. At some point NPS really needs to address an in town rest area. Not just the bathhouse at Lifeguard Beach and the ferry terminal(s). Too bad the park service won’t do something with the gas station...


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Great new service. I first thought it would be probably a longer overall trip but sounds like it will be 10 minutes faster and without the waiting and the looking for parking in the village. Maybe not for everyone because if a couple is going with 3 children it will cost you $75 round trip (children under 5 are free).

Robert


$15/person is kind of expensive, in my opinion.

Y Cow


Ocracoke Passenger Ferry




I don't think anyone that visits the Outer Banks and wants to experience Ocracoke would consider $15 expensive. You can make a reservation so you don't wait in line with your car for hours or turn around when you see the backup. It's convenient and turnkey with a concession area. And you just spent hundreds of dollars just traveling here and several thousand for a home to stay in. To me, it is kind of like the Chesapeake Expressway. Some think it is worth the cost to bypass the toll and others don't. The ferry will most likely cater to someone that doesn't mind paying for convenience and a guaranteed trip to Ocracoke. Sounds like a cool experience to me. I think it will be met with overwhelming success. Wink smiley


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Jed just gave us his presentation last night and discussed some additional issues of concern to locals. Initially they’ll have one boat with 3-4 round trips per day. Contingency plans are in place to get folks back to Hatteras in case the boat is down; buses to the car ferry. Isn’t going to happen until about the first of August. Hyde County is doing a free tram that loops through the village. That will start around July 1. Passenger waiting shelters are currently under construction in both Hatteras and Ocracoke. Potentially the biggest benefit to visitors is the ability to make reservations on particular runs.


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Maybe I'll apply as a tram driver. Big grin


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I don't understand why people still take the ferries. The tunnel is so much faster and the permit isn't that expensive.

John


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I love your comment John just like the old days keep it light. How well it works out remains to be seen everyone will have their own comment but let's give it a chance.


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What about departures? Do they give you a set time to leave Ocracoke? With only 3 or 4 trips daily, what would they do if everyone waited for the last run? Thats they only downside I see..if I were given "X" amount of time and had to leave whether I was ready or not.




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I don't understand why people still take the ferries. The tunnel is so much faster and the permit isn't that expensive.

John

J4yDubs




Shhh that's a secret


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"Okay let's give it a chance"! Well, I'm going to give it a different take. I think it's a novelty and a real "touristy" thing. I think once someone tries it it will not be a big "Repeat" business. The Ferry operation and the Village/County is not prepared to provide transportation to the good beaches. So we have eliminated anybody seeking a Beach or Fishing Trip of which there is a lot. I also think people carry bicycles and coolers amongst other supplies in their vehicles. Carrying any amount of stuff on the ferry would also be a downer. That comment about everybody trying to catch the last boat has to be dealt with. The Ferry has a certain capacity and you don't want to mess with Coast Guard Regulations. Lastly, the cost! I've always said "If its free its for me" The car ferry for me. If somebody wants to take a boat ride, okay, but I don't think it's going to generate the VOLUME that has been predicted and will be an anchor around the neck of the State. Just saying.


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Why would the weather issue be any different from the current Vehicle Ferry? Wouldn't they have the same problem for Day trippers

terpsno1


If you don't have your own car to get in and it starts raining that might create a problem. Also, the actual ferry ride, even though time wise isn't much longer, the route is. What happens if the passenger ferry can't run due to weather and take the folks back to their cars on Hatteras? Where do the tourist go to then?


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Exact times are yet to be set and may change with time. First will be around 9:30am. 4 trips is much harder than 3 because it will require a second crew. Crews can only work 12 hours per day. I mentioned contingency plans previously. This service is really designed for day trippers.


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I feel that it could work nicely for those that don't have patience for the vehicle ferry lines. Most of the people i know choose a cloudy day to go to Ocracoke, and know nothing of the amazing beaches there, assuming they're no different than any other beach. They go to eat and shop and see the lighthouse. If they want to book a fishing trip, there are docks within walking distance, all around silver lake. i'm sure if the weather acted up they would take cover in shops and restaurants and that would bring them more business. Cape Lookout has the passenger ferries, and they don't even have shops and restaurants there and manage to get plenty of business. As someone who takes the vehicle ferry over to spend the day at south point, I would welcome the hopefully shorter lines from all the people that just wanted to take a daytrip and see the town, which really isn't set up great for vehicle traffic, and is much better suited for golf cart and bike rentals. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.


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Most of the people i know choose a cloudy day to go to Ocracoke, and know nothing of the amazing beaches there, assuming they're no different than any other beach. They go to eat and shop and see the lighthouse.

AmyS


AmyS you're right about the food, shops and the lighthouse, they're the best, everyone should spend a day in town! But the island's beaches are overcrowded, full of sand snakes, mosquitoes the size of birds, and the water is freezing Wink smiley