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December 6, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Kalakala update: $1 with conditions; Coast Guard wants it gone

We said earlier today that the old ferry Kalakala is for sale for $1, but the sale has some strings attached.

The U.S. Coast Guard has sent a letter to Steve Rodrigues, who owns the Kalakala, that he must let the Coast Guard know by Dec. 19 where he plans to tow the boat because it can’t remain in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway, where it’s been parked for the past six years.

The Coast Guard said the boat is listing and is in danger of capsizing. Rodrigues has been told he must make improvements to the hull, patch holes on the boat and have a tow plan in place, as well as a plan for heavy winter weather.

The landowner on the waterway has given an eviction notice to Rodrigues, said the Coast Guard.

That’s not exactly true,  said Rodrigues. The property owner, Concrete Tech, has terminated the Kalakala’s lease and it must move by the end of the year.

Rodrigues said he has sites where the boat may move, but won’t identify them. “The Kalakala has rights and privileges,” he said. “Everything will be done properly.”

“We’ve been talking over the last nine months,” said Regina Caffrey, with the Coast Guard. “By Dec. 19 we need to see action taken. The hull must be repaired, and he must submit a tow plan and a heavy weather plan to make sure the mooring lines are strong enough for inclement weather.”

Rodrigues has appealed the Coast Guard order, arguing he’s made improvements. The Coast Guard said they’re not adequate.

Meanwhile, he said offers are flowing in with the $1 offering, “with qualifications.”  He won’t say what those qualifications are, but the offers are from outside the Seattle area, and he wants to keep the boat near Seattle.

“The person who purchases this will be credible,” he said. “I’m selling it for $1 to the right person. Then it’s closed, it’s their story. The most-treasured world-class vessel will become one person’s yacht.”

 

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