She sits on Lake Union, primed to party! 162 feet of floating fun and entertainment!
"We purchased it about February last year and it's been a crazy ride ever since," said new owner Jeff Wilson. "[I] definitely got a lot of pushback when I first saw the boat. It was that big project to take on!"
Of course a boat would be a huge project, right? That makes sense. But Wilson isn't talking about just any boat...he's talking about a ferry.
Yup, Wilson is the proud owner of The Hiyu, an iconic ferry loaded with history. Built in 1967, she retired two years ago from the Washington State Ferry system, carting passengers all around the Puget Sound.
"When and I walked on this for the first time I was like 'Oh my gosh are you kidding me? There's no way I'm gonna get involved in this boat,'" he said. "[There] was rust everywhere. It was not in the cards for me. I didn't want to do it."
But Wilson rolled the dice, and took a year to get The Hiyu in ship shape for all kind of events, like corporate parties, birthdays and it's a hot ticket for weddings. The ferry holds 350 people, and there are two passenger cabins.
"There are two bars, there is a food trailer on board," said Wilson. "You have everything. It's totally self-contained."