News 12 gets first-hand look at NY Waterway's newest ferry, the F.D.R.

The F.D.R., NY Waterway's newest ferry, is set to begin service sometime this fall across the Hudson River, and News 12 went to Cape May County to get a first-hand look at the newest ferry.

News 12 Staff

Oct 4, 2019, 11:17 AM

Updated 1,699 days ago

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The F.D.R., NY Waterway's newest ferry, is set to begin service sometime this fall across the Hudson River, and News 12 went to Cape May County to get a first-hand look at the newest ferry.
Yank Marine is a New Jersey-based shipyard in Tuckahoe.
For more than 40 years, Yank has constructed over 100 new vessels, including NY Waterway's Betsy Ross and Molly Pitcher -- which are now being joined by the newest ferry in the fleet, the Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The F.D.R. is a 500-passenger ferry that stands 109-feet long, 32-feet wide and draws just 6 feet, reducing the need for dredging.

Large windows let in a fresh breeze for 300 passengers on the lower deck, traveling at 24 mph across the water, along with plenty of amenities onboard that help make for a comfortable commute.

The upper deck has bench seating for 200, along with The Pilot House -- where the captain sits to control its twin EPA "Tier 3" compliant engines, the cleanest-burning marine diesel engines currently available in America that are capable of a service speed of 21 knots, or about 24 mph.


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