It turns out that Washington State Ferries has no plans to send the 90-car Sealth to the San Juans, confirming its position stated in the June public meeting. As I had found, the reservations system was incorrectly showing a series of vessel changes and service reductions beginning next Monday.
After two unanswered emails, I contacted a member of WSF’s planning staff who confirmed that two 144-car Super/Olympic Class boats plus one 124-car Issaquah Class ferry will remain here through the end of the current peak season. I advised him of the discrepancy in the reservations system and he promised it would be updated, which it now has been.
So, for those islanders who may have had difficulties getting a booking, my suggestion is to try again.
And thanks to Justin Paulsen, Orcas Island’s member of our county Ferry Advisory Committee, for his help with this effort.