The inaugural run of a much-anticipated 50-passenger ferry running between St. Croix and St. Thomas is brought one step closer with the sea trial last week of QE IV, designed by entrepreneur Warren Mosler and built by Gold Coast Yachts of St. Croix. This is a labor of love for Mosler, who is not relying on any governmental support for the venture. QE IV is a 103-foot vessel, a prodigious “tandem” catamaran with 4 hulls for a smoother ride over the some 40 miles of ocean that separate the St. Croix and St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island districts.
Regular ferry service between “The Big Island” and “Rock City” as St. Croix and St. Thomas are affectionately called, has been non-existent since the grounding of the Royal Miss Belmar five years ago. Comfort rather than speed will be key as QE IV is slated to operate between Gallows Bay (St. Croix) and the Charlotte Amalie Harbor (St. Thomas). Read articles about the QE IV on Gold Cost Yacht’s web site. View video of the sea trial below!