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Refurbished MV Cape May about to join Twin Capes as DRBA's premier ferries When the Motor Vessel (MV) Twin Capes debuted in 1996, the public flocked to see one of the world's most "fitted out" ferry vessels. People raved about its posh in- terior, its bars and dining rooms. They enjoyed the variety of decks and the dramatic glassed-in areas that allowed them to be out of the elements while never losing sight of the fact that they were making a short ocean cruise. But most of all, the public mar- veled at the drama of the Twin Capes' pilot house - the room where the captain and operating crew stand to operate the vessel. Glassed from floor to ceiling on three sides, the pilot house of the Twin Capes thrusts the crew into the sky and sea where the vessel operates. Since it went on duty, the Twin Capes has averaged 50 more walk-on passengers than any of the other four ferries in the Cape May-Lewes Ferry fleet. On Friday, July 3, the next edi- tion of the Delaware River and Bay Authority's ultraferries will leave Cape May at 6:20 a.m. to begin transiting between Lewes and Cape May. The MV Cape May will join the Twin Capes as the fleet's premier vessels carrying the bulk of the summer's passengers. All the glass and high metal su- perstructure of the Twin Capes shows up in the refurbished Cape May. And the designers of the re- modeled vessel didn't forget the reaction of the public to the dra- matic bridge of the Twin Capes. The main restaurant on the Cape May has been moved up a deck and forward of where it is on the Twin Capes. The effect is the same achieved in the pilot house of the Twin Capes - it puts diners and passengers out in front of the vessel so their view is all water and sky. Brian McEwin, a former ferry captain and now superintendent of vessel maintenance, has been overseeing the Cape May work since it began last fall. "Now the restaurant's up over the bow," said McEwin this week. "There's seating for 105 diners and it takes better advantage of the views available from the vessel. The BAREFOOTIN' Dennis Forney restaurant essentially mimics the pilot house on the Twin Capes." A battalion of carpenters, painters, electricans, welders and cleaners is working around the clock in Cape May to finish the refurbishing job that began in September i 997. While this week's heavy fog cast a dark gray along the water- front of Delaware and New Jer- sey, painters worked steadily at spreading bright white paint over the new steel added to the vessel over the winter at a shipyard in Norfolk. The high-pitched whine of carpenters with power routers and sanders sliced through the fog. Men stood on ladders in- stalling glass, moved new chairs in place to be bolted to the new decks, and ran wires to the audio- visual system that will provide a steady flow of information and entertainment for the passengers aboard the vessel. The crew of employees assem- bled from the DRBA's New Cas- tle County Airport, Delaware Memorial Bridge and ferry opera- tions has taken on much more of the task of outfitting the Cape May than it did on the Twin Capes. "When the Twin Capes came back from the Norfolk ship- yard, all that was left to be done by us was polishing some brass and cleaning some carpets," said Jim Salmon, public information officer for DRBA. "It was basi- cally ready to go. We've done far more on the Cape May." DRBA employees ripped out at least 20 tons of steel from the Cape May last fall as well as the existing equipment and passenger Continued on page 8 Finish work on the dramatic refurbishing of the MV Cape May is being completed at the Cape May ferry terminal. CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, June 26 . July 2, 1998 - 7 POPULAR NANTUCKETT MODEL KINGS CREEK - This "big, little home" has just been completed for your inspection. The home features 3+ BR, 2 BA, greatroom with fireplace, huge master bedroom with cathedral ceilings, din- ing room, private nook, screened porch, sun deck and 2 car garage. Full golf membership included in selling price. KCCC's BEST BUY at $289,000! 123 BREEZEWOOD DRIVE. Four bedroom - two bath Cape Cod on large lot. Two car garage & studio. $149,900 57B DELAWARE AVE. REHOBOTH Three bedroom condo, second floor. Recently redecorated. $124,500 114 COLEMAN AVE. LEWES Near hospital. Five year-round apartments. 100'x125' Lot $299,900 I LEWES OFFICE REHOBOTH BEACH "'--'- I00I:/AAKV 3o2.227.48oo Cm'! 800-244-2501 ',w--- 800-955-6350  ,t