The M/V Hiyu, the smallest ferry in the Washington State fleet, is retired and going up for sale.
Need a floating home? Or a boat to commute to work? The M/V Hiyu, the smallest ferry in the Washington State fleet, is retired and going up for sale. It’ll be on the state’s surplus list at the end of the month. Bids will then be taken; no minimum has been established. The Hiyu launched in 1967, when Lyndon Johnson was president and the average cost of a new car was $2,750, compared with more than $33,000 today. “The Graduate” was the No. 1 movie, and the Supersonics came to Seattle. The Hiyu ran on the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route from 1967 until the mid-1980s. It then moved to the San Juans as the inter-island boat. Now considered too small with a capacity of only 34 cars and 199 passengers, its last sailing was July 23, 2015. The 162-foot “baby Hiyu” has no elevator, galley or Wi-Fi and cruises at only 10 knots. If no buyer is found, it could be sold for scrap, but officials say they already have interested parties.