Without the hard work and seafaring skills of our Bike Ferry Crew, the famous Island Line Bike Ferry just wouldn't be possible. Meet the friendly folks who make the magic happen.
Ed Champagne, Boat Captain
Ed has been with Local Motion since 2010 as a Captain. During the first 30 years of his life, he was a professional photographer in Connecticut. He took photos of corporate events, weddings, and products, one his favorites being Ben and Jerry's ice cream. He loved all the free ice cream. In his spare time, he enjoys refurbishing boats. Presently, he lives and works on his 15th boat, a Bayfield 36 sailboat. Ed hopes to sail south for the winter months. Ed has two adult children living in South Burlington. You’ll always find Ed working on the Bike Ferry with his trusted dog Molly, a 14-year-old golden retriever.
Brian Zabel, Boat Captain
Brian Zabel is a Captain for the Local Motion Bike Ferry. He obtained his USCG 50 ton Masters license in 2012 in Vergennes, Vermont. He also maintains certifications for SCUBA and First Aid. He has been sailing since the age of ten on the Great Lakes, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, St. Lawrence River and Lake Champlain. A former resident of New York and Colorado he now enjoys the island way of life and resides in Grand Isle, Vermont.
Chip Kruger, Boat Captain
Chip Kruger lives in Colchester and is a professional ferry boat Captain. He serves as a backup crew member for Local Motion.
Frank Malaki, Deckhand
Frank has been a Deckhand on the Local Motion Bike Ferry since 2014. A native of California, he resides in Sacramento in the fall and winter, and since the summer of 2012 has worked on Lake Champlain. Frank is retired from the City of Sacramento and the U.S. Coast Guard and has taught sailing, windsurfing, powerboating and stand up paddleboarding. While in Burlington he commutes by bicycle and lives by the motto: "Every day an adventure!"
Pat Nagy, Deckhand
Pat Nagy is a Deckhand on Local Motion’s Island Line Bike Ferry. She retired from the Vermont Department of Labor in July 2013 after 39 years of service. She lives in Hinesburg with her husband, Andy, and her beloved pets. In addition to being an avid cyclist, she enjoys gardening, cooking, knitting, reading, cross-country skiing and yoga. Pat feels very fortunate to be a member of the Bike Ferry crew!
Larry Kuperferman, Deckhand
Larry retired from CVOEO, Inc. and the City of Burlington after working primarily in Burlington for the past 40 years. Larry has been a supporting member of Local Motion since the initial efforts such as the bridge over the Winooski River and the bike ferry installation. Larry has volunteered for the past three years supervising bike ferry volunteers shifts, and as a Deckhand when time allows. This season, he has joined the crew as a part-time ferry Deckhand.
Brendan Adamczyk, Deckhand
Brendan is going into his senior year at Colchester High School. He works as a Deckhand on the bike ferry and first heard of the job when his mom volunteered years ago. He loves to bike, but his real interest with Local Motion is the ferry itself. Boating, especially sailing, is Brendan's favorite hobby. He also plays tennis and is currently the #1 player on the Colchester High School team. Brendan lives in Colchester with his parents.
Ben Steele, Deckhand
Ben Steele joined the Local Motion team in July 2016 as a dockside ambassador. Cycling, running, cross-country skiing and rowing are some of his favorite hobbies; however, currently, he's most likely to be found at his desk studying. Having developed a lifelong passion for sports and human-powered movement, Ben hopes to become a physical therapist. Having lived near Bremen, Germany, Ben is especially excited to welcome any German-speaking visitors to the bike ferry.
Phyllis Tiffany, Dockside Ambassador
Phyllis joined Local Motion this season as a part-time Dockside Ambassador. She recently completed the Triple Ferry bike ride and is having a great time meeting cyclists using the bike ferry. Living near Quebec, she uses Route Verte cycle paths frequently. When not cycling, she enjoys singing, kayaking, playing the French horn, and spending time with her two chinooks, Spirit and Miles Davis.