... sounds familiar. Here in British Columbia, we had a socialist Premier (= State Governor in the US) who personally decided (against all advice) the Province would build aluminium hulled, 'state of the art', fast catamaran ferries for our fleet. What a disaster! Three have been built at MORE than double the projected cost, and the project scrapped. One is running (at the same speed as a conventional hull ship because the giant wake produced at more than 20 knts. causes too much damage to wharfs and shorelines), and two have been 'mothballed'. They are all for sale on the international marktet at less than 10% of the cost to build, OBO. There are no takers.