By Terry Kovarik
Joel Gunlaugson became a deckhand with the Washington Island Ferry fleet in 1993. He just wanted to earn enough money to buy a car. 25-years later, Gunlaugson is still with the fleet as a ship’s pilot or captain. The Washington Island native went to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and earned an associates degree in electronics repair and servicing. But Gunlaugson says he just couldn’t keep away from the ferries.
Gulaugson says his electronics repair training has come in handy for helping keep the fleet going.