Washington State Ferries Hyak turned 50 years old this week. It was the first of four Super Class Ferries built in San Diego in 1967-68. The Hyak was one of five ferries that achieved 100 percent mechanical reliability in 2016. It sailed 51,000 nautical miles without breakdowns or missed trips. Hyak has not been rebuilt since it was constructed. The three other Super Class ferries - Kaleetan, Yakima, Elwha - have been rebuilt.
Amy Scarton, Assistant Secretary, WSDOT/Ferries Division toured the Hyak on March 9, 2017 and wrote about it in this week's ferry update.
She said, "I enjoyed touring the Hyak and seeing its original engine room and wheelhouse, and galley tables with native motifs. I also heard quite a few sea stories from crew members and retired engineers and now can truly understand why it is such a beloved ferry. Congratulations and thank you to all of the WSF team members that have kept the Hyak maintained and one of our most reliable boats for the past 50 years." To see more of the Hyak over its 50 years with WSF, visit the WSF Flickr album.