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  1. cvabishop

    (Yet) Another Red funnel crash

    If you check online you will find that the Raptors are well over twice as large as the Wight class and 50% longer! They carry 3 times as many passengers and cars too!
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    Brexit effect on BF

    Whilst it is understandable that people will have some uncertainty concerning future travel arrangements I doubt very much if regular tourism will be much affected if at all.Tourists will have valid passports and normally return tickets as well. The French are pragmatic, they may go along with something that hurts us and not them but not the other way round especially when incoming tourism must represent a healthy boost to their economy. We have booked two European trips for next year, one through Inghams in Italy, the other in Greece on a DiY basis and there has been no hint that anyone is worried about the situation. I would think carefully about visiting France again though, firstly because we perceive it as being an expensive destination and secondly because of the risk of wildcat industrial action by French workers, unfortunately now including BF crews it would seem.
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    (Yet) Another Red funnel crash

    Red Falcon ran into the adjoining yacht anchorage which is why at least one boat was sunk, I wasn't suggesting it was in the main channel but the yacht moorings are very close by. So only a relatively small course deviation would have been sufficient. The ferry was clearly off course but the reason remains to be seen.
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    (Yet) Another Red funnel crash

    Not quite fair Gareth, there have been plenty of incidents over the years, many of them caused by pleasure boats getting in the way of the ferries. I have been in and out of Cowes on numerous occasions in my own boat and it can be very tricky with the narrow entrance channel, nearby yacht moorings and other hazards. Also the tide across the entrance can be really fast. On passage from Chichester to Yarmouth in my 25ft yacht, which cruised at around 4.5 knots on engine, it was common for the GPS to show us doing well over 8 knots over the ground when passing Cowes entrance, it literally doubled our speed. There are navigational warnings that the ferries are constrained in their ability to manouevre and that small craft need to keep out of their way although this would not have applied today. We don't actually know what happened here but the Red Falcon should certainly have had electronics aboard which would have shown its position to within a few feet on the chart. There coulkd have been a number of reasons for this situation but it is a bit early to expect any useful information to be made public just yet especially when there will be a MAIB investigation pending with potential consequential liability issues. One owner at least has lost their boat!
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    (Yet) Another Red funnel crash

    Presumably not too badly damaged then. She will be undergoing an urgent underwater inspection no doubt.
  6. cvabishop

    (Yet) Another Red funnel crash

    Yes, you can see the mast sticking out of the water in some images.
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    (Yet) Another Red funnel crash

    That's a big change of course. Maybe there was a technical fault?
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    (Yet) Another Red funnel crash

    Could be expensive given the way the Voith drives stick out beneath the hull.
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    (Yet) Another Red funnel crash

    Reports that Red Falcon hit two yachts and ran aground this morning (21/10/18) whilst trying to berth at East Cowes in fog. BBC report here, others online. You can see on Marine Traffic that she is well off course! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-45932147
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Personally I don't think it was explained because the people at the top had no comprehension of the complexity of the process they would be setting in train. Johnson, Davis and Fox et al don't do detail, they just grandstand and leave the bothersome complicated bit to lesser beings to sort out as being beneath them.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    I think it should have been quite obvious to anyone with a modicum of intelligence that you can't just walk away from a situation as complex at this with a cheery 'byeee'... What Cameron or any other politicians may have said to the contrary is totally irrelevant! People should engage their own brains rather than borrow somebody elses. I voted to remain because it was perfectly obvious to me that the process of disengagement would almost certainly cancel out the putative benefits and so it is duly coming to pass. Things might sort themselves out in ten years or so but I will be past caring by then and suffering the consequences in the meantime!
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Anyone who thought that was unfit to vote which probably explains a lot...
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    It's my copyright Jonno! Feel free to use it but I demand royalties. 😀 Incidentally I think the most horrid thing I have ever eaten was a chicken sandwich bought from a cafe in Central Park, NY. It was truly awesomely bad. It must have been reconstituted in some way as any chicken with a breast that size has no right to exist and the taste....😝
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    There was an interesting report in yesterday's Times by Jenni Russell entitled 'No one knows what Brexit means any more' It referenced a study by Kings College which attempts to turn things around by looking at public expectations of Brexit and what things are actually most important to people rather than the top down views and entrenched dogma emanating from the political hierarchies. They conclude that the politicians generally are out of step with what a majority of the public would like to see in tems of our connection with the EU. It appears that most people's aspirations would be most closely satisfied with membership of the European Economic Area - basically the Norway option. Yous can see some of this by googling Kings College Brexit and a summary here: https://www.rand.org/randeurope/research/projects/brexit-preferences.html The Russell report can be read here but you have to register: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/no-one-knows-what-brexit-means-any-more-vch6l2trh
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