It's still a long way from home, but the first new boat in the upcoming Citywide Ferry Service fleet has set sail for the city.

The new vessel has departed from the shipyard in Bayou La Batre, Alabama where it was built.

Depending on weather conditions, it's expected to complete the 1,800 mile journey to the city by early next month.

The boat is just one of 20 that will be used as a commuting alternative to the subway and buses.

New ferry routes go into service this summer connecting the Rockaways, Astoria and South Brooklyn to existing East River Ferry routes.

Trips from Soundview in the Bronx and the Lower East Side are scheduled to begin next year.