We've spent a year planning our all electric water shuttle service. Little did we expect traffic to worsen, the Sumner Tunnel to close, the MBTA's issues to compound and vehicle disruptions to mount.
We intend on working with everyone who has a vested interest in the river on a balanced approach to this concept.
As a new concept, we expect lots of questions. Here are a few of the primary ones people ask
We will use a custom designed, all electric, wakeless, shallow draft, boat.
As soon as possible. Our initial goal was this summer, but as soon as the boat is finished and regulations allow.
It is not. This is a privately crafted solution aimed at tackling three public problems: the lack of reliable transportation into and out of the city; decreasing traffic congestion; and decreasing traffic related C02 emissions.
We are keenly aware of this. Wada Hoppah will be professionally operated by hand picked captains with the appropriate maritime licenses, and strong river, rowing, or coaching experience. Every captain will be trained in the etiquette, and rules of passing or approaching other craft so as to minimize waking even though our boat is the same hull design as the present coaches launches, which are wakeless.
Absolutely! A major goal is to use it to help people go places along the Charles to eat, drink, shop, or hang out on the weekends and evenings, too.
We also want to act as a Freedom Trail extension, helping people come to Watertown by water to learn how important it was during the British occupation of Boston and as a primary commerce hub in Boston's early years. And who doesn't want to go see a Red Sox game using a boat to get to Kenmore?
You bet! Hit us up, there's a lot of parties that will benefit from this after it launches.
Preregister and explain a bit about what you're thinking and how to contact you.
If the Charles is ice-free, safe, and there's enough demand, as long as possible.
More than likely, from March or April through November. We should be able to operate longer than other (public) ferries because it'll have heated seats besides windows that enclose it. Got to stay warm!
See our home page image. Red dots are our planned dock stops initially and blue, potentials we'd love to have in the future. We are also planning express trips, and not just dock-by-dock stops.
We encourage it! The Charles is super special to us and lots of parties. We'd love to help spread the word and do our part to keep it healthy and to future proof its resiliency.