The FVF Fairweather is named after the Fairweather Glacier, located in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Mount Fairweather, the glacier's namesake, was named by Captain James Cook in 1778 for the unusually good weather encountered at the time. The vessel was designed by Nigel Gee & Associates, a British naval architecture firm that has many years of high-speed ship design and build experience. It was constructed at Derecktor Shipyards of Bridgeport, Connecticut at a cost of $36 million; she began service in 2004. The FVF Fairweather is powered by four diesel engines and four water jets, making it along with its sister ship the FVF Chenega, the fastest vessels in the fleet. FVFs Fairweather and Chenega were the first all-aluminum high-speed vehicle and passenger ferries built in the United States, as well as the first vehicle ferries built in the U.S. to comply with stringent International High Speed Craft code.
FVF Fairweather is 235 feet long and 60 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 1,280 and a service speed of 32 knots. The FVF Fairweather is designed to carry 210 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 620 linear feet, which is equal to approximately 31 twenty-foot vehicles. View our Vessel Information Table for more statistical information.
The interior space has a combination of reclining airline-style seats and table arrangements. Large windows provide excellent opportunities to view the passing scenery. Onboard amenities include a covered solarium, a snack bar, study area, and a child's play area. Microwaves are also available for passenger use. Click on the image to start a slideshow of all deck plans on the FVF Fairweather.