Originally Posted by Holden West
Anyone remember the original groovy 1970s dark orange paint scheme? I wish they'd go back to that. The current colours are too generic.
*shudder* Please, no. Even though I lived in New West, I rode the Seabus from time to time and I remember the old interiors and paint scheme. It was quite simply ugly. I think it was around Expo 86 that the the interior of both vehicles was completely redone and the old seats ripped out along with a new exterior paint scheme. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
I do know that the Seabus terminal is in dire need of either a radical face lift or complete replacement. Before the plan was scrapped, that was the one feature of the original convention centre project for which I was most excited; a new Seabus terminal.
I have a few Seabus stories. Like Rusty Gull, I once saw a man running for the Seabus get caught in the doors, forcing them open. He was on the receiving end of a pretty severe tirade from staff and security and they refused him boarding. During Expo 86 I also witnessed a rather unusual circumstance where either the passenger ramps or doors got stuck and would not close. The ship was delayed for about a half hour while they fixed it. I've never seen or heard anything like that happening before or since.
I will say that there is nothing like Seabus in all of Canada (that I know of). The vessels were made in BC and are apparently unique in that they are constructed of aluminum (extremely rare at the time) and employ four diesel engines on each vessel to drive four independently steerable propellers. They've also had an unparalleled level of reliability for a passenger ferry over the last three decades. Regardless of the technical aspects to Seabus, there is nothing like sailing into downtown and North Vancouver on a clear night when the lights of the city sparkle across the water. Truly stunning. Happy Birthday, Seabus.