These date back a bit, but here are a couple of photos of Sunset Gondola's "first gondola", which I took during a visit in winter.
One of the reasons I like to visit other gondola operations, is to see how they do things. We all seem to have our own approaches to certain things.
As I've said before:
"When gondoliers get together and talk, it's almost always a fun and healthy exchange. Everyone comes away with great stories and new ideas"