Canal Boats launches fourth
Canal Boats. Inc., Ft Lauderdale, Fla., has launched the Michele, a hybrid-electric small ferry utilizing a steerable drive system able to run on batteries or on power from a biodiesel-fueled generator. The 460 volt AC drive system turns a single propeller, which can be steered 360 degrees continuously in either direction.
The Michele is extremely maneuverable, quiet, fuel efficient and comfortable, says Canal Boats.
Michele is climate controlled, with outdoor and convertible indoor seating, and ADA accessible.
The Michele is the fourth in a series of eight hybrid electric small ferries being built for Broward County Mass Transit through an earmark of the Ferry Boat Discretionary Fund section of TEA 21. The vessels are leased to Water Taxi, Inc. and employed in Fort Lauderdale, FL. in a scheduled waterbus service. The remainder of the vessels will be placed in service by July 2002.