Repairs needed in WA state's most expensive ferry

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The state's most expensive operating ferry will need $76,000 in replacements after a hairline cracks were found on two propellers.

The Everett Herald reports that (http://bit.ly/tWgyZE) the cracks were found during a routine maintenance of the ferry Chetzemoka. The cracks have been built, but the propellers will need to be replaced in three to four months. The ferry began operating about a year ago.

State officials have filed a claim with Vigor Industrial, formerly Todd Shipyards, of Seattle, which built the boat. The propellers were made by the marine division of the Rolls-Royce company.