Ferry Company Plans Eco-Tours of Cape Cod Wind Farm
If a Cape Cod islands ferry service couldn't beat the Nantucket Wind Farm it figured it might as well profit from it. Hy-Line Cruises, a longtime opponent of the energy project is now planning eco-tours to see the turbines.
Artist rendering, Hy-Line Cruises
In an abrupt about face, the Hyannis, Massachusetts-based ferry company joined wind farm developer Cape Wind this week in announcing plans to create eco-tours of the 130 wind turbines to be erected off the coast of Cape Cod. Hy-Line's current offerings include ferry service to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
"It's fantastic," Massachusetts state Senator Bob Hedlund told AOL Travel News. "We need the wind farms. We need the tourists. We are all gratified that Hy-Line is joining our efforts."
Back in 2001, Hy-Line was an opponent of the proposed wind farm saying that the turbines would make navigation difficult. Others have complained the turbines would be an eye sore.
The project is America's first off-shore wind farm.
Cape Wind President Jim Gordon has said that trips through the wind farm will be "awe inspiring."
In a statement to AOL Travel News, David Scudder, Hy-Line vice president of operations, said that he envisions the wind farm as a "world class tourist attraction." The ferry company plans to build a hybrid boat to take visitors to the area.
The tours could begin as early as next summer, when the offshore construction of the wind farm is scheduled to begin.