The Water Taxi docks in Seacrest Park in West Seattle. The park is easy to reach by bus, neighborhood shuttles, and waterfront pathways for walkers and bicyclists. Visitors to West Seattle will find easy access to waterfront trails, Alki beach, fishing piers, restaurants, and shops along California Avenue.
A new floating dock was installed at Seacrest Park in early 2010.
1660 Harbor Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98126
Ticket vending machines
Scuba diving launch
A very limited amount of short-term parking is available at Seacrest Park. On-street parking is available along Harbor Avenue SW.
Passengers disembark from the King County Water Taxi at Pier 50 in Downtown Seattle.
801 Alaskan Way (at the foot of Yesler Street)
Seattle, WA 98104
Pier 50 has ticket vending machines, snack machines, a covered passenger waiting area, and portable restrooms. Pier 52, a Washington State Ferries terminal one block to the north, has many additional amenities including an indoor passenger waiting area, restrooms, restaurants, espresso stand, and an ATM machine.
There is no parking available at Pier 50. There are paid lots available in the area, and metered parking on nearby streets.
There is one three-minute load/unload zone across from Pier 52, under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, where you may pick up or drop off passengers. When using this loading zone, drivers must remain with their vehicles.
The Spirit of Kingston is a foil-assisted catamaran that holds 147 passengers, 16 bicycles, and a crew of three. With a cruising speed of 24 knots, she crosses between West Seattle and downtown Seattle in about 10 minutes.
Inside, the Spirit of Kingston has a combination of theater-style seats, bench seats with tables, and facing seats on two interior decks. She also has one interior accessible restroom, two exterior restrooms on the rear of the first deck, and outdoor seating on the rear of the upper deck.
The Spirit of Kingston has four 740-horsepower propulsion engines that meet Tier 1 pollution standards. The vessel is also equipped with two radar systems, a GPS plotter, a depth sounder, a wired remote steering and propulsion controller, and an automated information system transponder. She is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The King County Ferry District acquired the eight-year-old vessel at no capital cost through an agreement with the Federal Transit Administration for the West Seattle/Downtown Seattle route.
Length: 65 ft.
Beam: 25.6 ft.
Draft (deepest): 3 ft.
Weight: 70 tons
Diesel oil: 1,400 gal.
Potable water: 150 gal.
Holding tank (sewage): 150 gal.
Holding tank (bilge water): 50 gal.
At cruising speed, the Spirit of Kingston uses about 80 gallons of fuel per hour.
The Rachel Marie currently serves as the back-up vessel for both the Vashon and West Seattle routes.
The Rachel Marie is a catamaran that holds 172 passengers, 18 bicycles, and a crew of three. Her cruising speed is 24 knots.
Inside, the Rachel Marie has a combination of theater-style seats, bench seats with tables, and facing seats. She also has an air conditioning/heating system, two restrooms on the main deck, and some outdoor seating on the rear upper deck.
The Rachel Marie has two 900-horsepower propulsion engines that meet Tier 1 pollution standards. The vessel also is equipped with two radar systems, a GPS plotter, a depth sounder, and an automated information system transponder. She is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The King County Ferry District is leasing the MV Rachel Marie from Four Seasons Marine Services.
Length: 77 ft.
Beam: 29 ft.
Draft (deepest): 5 ft.
Weight: 51 tons
Diesel oil: 1,100 gal.
Potable water: 250 gal.
Holding tank (sewage): 200 gal.
Holding tank (bilge water): 50 gal.
At cruising speed, the Rachel Marie uses about 70 gallons of fuel per hour.
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