b'MEMBER NEWSMEMBER NEWS Comfort and ResponsivenessLead to Ferry Contract for UES Marine W hen Kitsap Fast Ferries wanted to refurbish one of its commuter ves-sels, it chose to partner with UES Marine, which was able to deliver a customized solution that met rider comfort requirements whilebeingdurableandlowmaintenance. Both companies are PVA members. The project focused on the MV Finest, which carriescommutersfromKitsapCountyto Seattle through the Puget Sound. The Finest isa350-seataluminum-hulledcatamaran purchased by Kitsap Transit in 2018 and went into service after a full refit that year. The refit includedreplacingallofthepassengerseats and about a dozen tables. Ray Scott, marine services director at Kitsap Transit, says UES Marine was recommended by their boat builder, Nichols Brothers, a memberL-R Deckhand Kyle Arbour, Kitsap Fast FerriesMarine Services Director Ray Scott, and the late Darrell Bryan, of PVA. UES Marine offers fitouts for commut- past PVA president, at the grand opening of the Kingston route on the MV Finest. er vessels, fast ferries, and more, with a range that includes passenger seating, marine tables, captains seating, and marine furniture. For thiscustomers want a pleasant travel experience,The seats are available in a range of configura-project, UES Marine supplied high back Seawhichmeansacomfortableridewithergo- tions, including a number of seat widths and Force seats and customized slim leg tables.nomic seating that is not too hard. And forback heights, and every product in the range is us, we need marine furniture that is durable,designed to be lightweight, have a low fire load, Wewereveryimpressedbytheproducteasy to maintain and made with materials thatand meet top ergonomic guidelines. solution they came up with, Ray says. Ourwont fade or rip. Customizationisavailableforallproducts, including working within existing layouts and elements of fitout that will be retained. One of the requirements of the refurbishment was that the tracks from the original furniture be kept. It lowers the cost but it is not just about that, Ray says. Its also an environmental consider-ation. We try to keep things out of landfill, so if we can retain or refurbish components, thats very much our preferred approach. Kitsap Fast Ferries found itself with another challengewhentheyneededanewhelm seat for a ferry that required a specific design incorporating the rudder control in the seat. UES Marine was able to retrofit a Lux Helm seat to include the rudder controls and have it PHOTO COURTESY OF UES MARINEinstalled in less than a week. Kitsap Fast Ferries is now looking to have UES Marine replace the other helm seat in the cabin. Based on the experience with MV Finest, Kit-sap Fast Ferries has now specified UES Marine seating for two additional vessels. FOGHORN 28'