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Hawaii Superferry

The Hawaii Superferry, called Alakai, is an $85-million vessel with cruising speeds at 35-knots and an advanced stabilization system. At 349 feet, it’s more than twice as long as the Catalina Jet, the biggest catamaran in the Catalina Express fleet, which ferries tourists from Southern California to Santa Catalina Island. The ferry has been embroiled in controversy since its launch. (Annie Wells / LAT)
The massive ferry can carry 866 passengers and haul cars and freight. (Annie Wells / LAT)
The inside of the enormous ferry features comfortable chairs with tables and expansive views of the ocean. (Annie Wells / LAT)
The inside of the ferry is designed for enhanced comfort, featuring comfy chairs for passengers to sit back and relax on. (Annie Wells / LAT)
A view of the lower decks where cars and freight will be loaded. The ferry can carry up to 282 cars. (Annie Wells / LAT)