Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Jan. 31, 2023

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Winning bidder for Washington ferry says deal is off


OLYMPIA — The winning bidder for a former Washington ferry that has been docked at the Port of Olympia for nearly two years said Tuesday that the seller has decided to sell it to someone else.

Nathan Altman of Los Angeles reached out to The Olympian and said he was the winning bidder for the 310-foot ferry on the online auction site eBay. The bidding started at $100,000 and eventually grew to $205,100.

He said for this type of sale on eBay there is no binding contract between buyer and seller. Once the bidding closes, the two parties have to work out the details on how to close the transaction.

Altman asked for documentation about the vessel, including proof of ownership, but he claims Greg Jones didn’t want to provide any of that until he transferred the money. Altman found that disconcerting, so he reached out again to Jones on Saturday after the auction closed Friday night, only to be told that Jones had found a different buyer.

“I wish them the best,” said Altman about the other buyer.