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#261 Sparky

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:08 AM

^ all good points.

 

Hence my reference to the back story.

 

How could two operators survive?...especially now.

 

There is another pot on the stove.



#262 mbjj

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:20 AM

Speaking just as a resident, I find it a shame the little ferries will disappear. They were charming. We used to take my daughter for little jaunts around in the summer because for kids, they're cute. Some kind of electric boat probably won't have the same charm. I would have to see them, but if I were a Victoria grandparent looking for something to do this summer, the little ferries were right up there on the list, not used to "go" anywhere but riding them because they're cool. Will the new electric boats be performing to classical music?


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#263 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:29 AM

Will the new electric boats be performing to classical music?

 

no.  they are set to only perform to bon jovi.

 

let's face it barry hobbis dug his own grave when he objected to the boob cruise.  which is essentially the pride parade on water - for heterosexuals.  j/k.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 27 June 2020 - 07:31 AM.


#264 Rob Randall

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:29 AM

The ferry docks themselves--who built and paid for them? 100% GVHA or does Hobbis have or claim equity in them? 


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#265 Rob Randall

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:31 AM

they are set to only perform to bon jovi.

 

Bwah wahh wah wah bhawp wap whah
Barry used to work on the docks...


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#266 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:33 AM

we need less harbour ferries and more bbq boats!

 

did the victoria operation close up?  it would not surprise me.  ever seen 6 victorians together?

 

 

 

https://joesbbqboat.com/pages/about-us


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#267 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:45 AM

The ferry docks themselves--who built and paid for them? 100% GVHA or does Hobbis have or claim equity in them? 

 

except for the ocean pointe one aren't they all multi-purpose?  some outlying ones they use are not ha.


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#268 todd

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 09:25 AM

^ all good points.

Hence my reference to the back story.

How could two operators survive?...especially now.

There is another pot on the stove.

false creek has multiple operators (or did)

Maybe focus less on the tourists more on the transportation?

Maybe more open air boats.

Edited by todd, 27 June 2020 - 09:26 AM.


#269 spanky123

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 09:43 AM

^ all good points.

Hence my reference to the back story.

How could two operators survive?...especially now.

There is another pot on the stove.


My first thought when I saw the article was that it was too bad Barry didn’t have other business with the GVHA he could bundle in.

Just thinking aloud.

#270 Nparker

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 09:46 AM

...Maybe focus less on the tourists more on the transportation?...

For everyone who needs to commute from one side of the harbour to the other?



#271 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 09:50 AM

My first thought when I saw the article was that it was too bad Barry didn’t have other business with the GVHA he could bundle in.

Just thinking aloud.

they tried a (larger) harbour ferry to the cruise ships once. did not work for whatever reason.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 27 June 2020 - 09:50 AM.


#272 todd

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 09:52 AM

For everyone who needs to commute from one side of the harbour to the other?



Down the canal up the canal across the canal

#273 Greg

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 09:55 AM

It would be nice for locals to have it function as a water taxi instead of an overpriced tour boat. Folks at Fisherman's Wharf using it to get downtown. Folks who live downtown using it to get to Fisherman's Wharf, or Spinnaker's, or Glo.

 

But I imagine there isn't really enough business to make that viable. At least not if the Harbour Authority is still pricing dock access like we have thousands of cruise ship passengers walking around.


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#274 todd

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:04 AM

Remember you should be able to get a boat at least up to the reversing falls. (I can get my boat through the reversing falls and when you shoot out at certain tides it’s like an amusement park ride).

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:06 AM

It would be nice for locals to have it function as a water taxi instead of an overpriced tour boat. Folks at Fisherman's Wharf using it to get downtown. Folks who live downtown using it to get to Fisherman's Wharf, or Spinnaker's, or Glo.

But I imagine there isn't really enough business to make that viable. At least not if the Harbour Authority is still pricing dock access like we have thousands of cruise ship passengers walking around.


The Wilsons still plan to run their electric harbour ferry service right?

#276 todd

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:21 AM

BC Transit?
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Posted 27 June 2020 - 12:42 PM

The Wilsons still plan to run their electric harbour ferry service right?


https://youtu.be/zaQa4ttIyNo

#278 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 05:37 AM

“We are grateful to have Ralmax’s interest and professionalism to help move us through this challenging season,” said Victoria Harbour Ferry chief executive Barry Hobbis. “From crisis to opportunity in a weekend. This is a new day and we are all in this together.”

 

 

John Wilson, chief executive of Wilson’s Transportation, said the confusion resulting from Victoria Harbour Ferry’s decision last week did get him thinking about bringing forward his new electric boat business this year.

 

Wilson had originally planned to launch the Victoria Electric Boat Company in 2020 with a small fleet of electric boats ferrying people around stops on the Inner Harbour and beyond.

 

Those plans were shelved with the dawn of the pandemic.

 

“Our plan since COVID hit was to delay the Victoria Electric Boat Company to a 2021 start given the impact on tourism this crazy season has had to date and expected for the rest of the year,” he said.

 

Wilson said he was caught off guard by the Harbour Ferry story and had contacted his partners to see if they should start this year if Victoria Harbour Ferry did indeed shut down.

 

https://www.timescol...s-in-1.24162247


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 30 June 2020 - 05:37 AM.


 



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