Golden Gate Ferry's New Water Jets Spin in Wrong Direction: Report

Riders of the Golden Gate Ferry from Larkspur to San Francisco were supposed to see their high-speed service restored this winter. Instead, they'll have to wait until next spring, thanks to a botched renovation.

Water jets on the Golden Gate Ferry M.V. Mendocino are circulating water in the wrong direction, which also sends the boat in the wrong direction, propelling it backwards, The Marin Independent Journal reports.

"The ferry was put in the water for sea trials and it did not perform as expected," a spokesperson for the ferry district told the paper.

Attorneys for the ferry reportedly said they've contacted the Australian company that did the work, Incat Crowther Ltd., and it is "too soon to tell" whether Incat will foot the bill — or if there will be a lawsuit.

They'll be asking the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District board for Federal funds to help in the meantime.

All Ferry service in Marin will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years' Day.

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