LaCrosse, Wis.-based SkipperLiner was awarded a $1.7 million contract to deliver a new tugboat and ferry barge for the Cassville ferry service, the state's oldest operating ferry service.
SkipperLiner will construct a new 78-foot barge that can carry about 12 typical vehicles, as well as a 45-foot tugboat to push it. Although the company has built numerous commercial and industrial vessels, this is its first ferry to transport vehicles.
The new Cassville ferry will replace the existing Charlie D, which carries as many as nine cars. Charlie D has been crossing the Mississippi River at Cassville since 1966. Ferry service here dates from 1833.
The Cassville ferry provides seasonal service between Guttenberg, Iowa, and Cassville, Wis. It operates from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, making an average of 45 trips a day.
SkipperLiner builds custom houseboats and yachts in the 40- to 120-foot range, and Coast Guard-certified passenger vessels in the 40- to 200-foot class. The company also custom-built workboats and government-class vessels.