No off-sea­son for ferry

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By DENISE S. CAHILL

ROTTNEST Fast Fer­ries will run all through win­ter af­ter adding a sec­ond boat to their oper­a­tion.

The Hil­larys-based busi­ness pre­vi­ously had to shut down for six weeks in win­ter to ser­vice their boat but re­cently pur­chased a $3 mil­lion cata­ma­ran that will en­sure ser­vices to and from Rottnest are not in­ter­rupted in win­ter.

Co-owner Luke Crispin said the fer­ries would now op­er­ate 365 days a year with up to seven ser­vices a day in sum­mer.

Mr Crispin bought the busi­ness with James Mul­hol­land nearly four years ago af­ter start­ing in the in­dus­try as a deck­hand.

The Hil­larys ferry ser­vice started in the 1980s but has gone through a name change since then.

Mr Crispin said the new cata­ma­ran was the only one of its kind on the Rottnest run.

“It’s renowned for its sta­bil­ity and sea keep­ing and it’s very spa­cious.”

Picture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d452246

Rottnest Fast Fer­ries co-owner Luke Crispin.

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