Off-Island Boat Operator Increases 2014 Fares As Passenger Numbers Fall

st martins hotel quayOff island boat passengers will face increased fares this season.

St Martin’s Boatman Terry Perkins has written to residents to explain that the closure of the Island Hotel has meant fewer passengers, while his fuel and maintenance costs have increased.

Terry told Radio Scilly that the last six years have been the most difficult in his 42 years on the water.

Terry says he understands that a £41 special boat can appear costly, but it costs around £20 to operate to and from another island before accounting for wear and tear and repairs.

Users sometimes want to take a return leg of someone else’s special for the normal ticket price, but Terry says they should think of a special as a taxi and not a bus service.

He’ll continue to operate the service but is looking at ways to increase efficiency.

Terry has written to islanders to advise that he’s talking with Bryher Boats about setting the level for 2014 fares.



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