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  1. Definitely worth a try, especially if you are flexible on days.
  2. Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week I have commitments and off to Düsseldorf Boat Show Sunday to Thursday. Sorry.
  3. Inter island service. Look up the surf and turf project and other developments. Eday already exporting hydrogen. Shapinsay ferry earmarked for conversion.
  4. Sadly the Orkney hydrogen hybrid ferry project is probably gummed up in the Ferguson's debacle.
  5. Flagship can be used as simply meaning newest, shiniest toy.
  6. OK Jonno, looked at those. The ramp goes up flush and watertight(ish) all the way up to and including deck 5, with the tilting fingers above. There are no inboard facing openings, but the open areas each side immediately fwd of the quarters where lines are handled, are open internally to deck 5, and there are two fairleads/hawse pipes for aft warps at Deck 5 level on the stern which would leak light. Perhaps what we see is from these? There should be no noticeable light leakage from the car deck.
  7. I thought Pont Aven was still the nominal flagship? Not sure who is the senior Commandant referred to as Commodore sometimes.
  8. colin

    BF Refit Season 2019-20

    I recommend Pierre Daninos's novel "Major Thompson lives in France" Les Carnets du Major Thompson in French, with a sequel Tout Sonia (not sure if it is translated). dated perhaps but just brilliant in poking fun at both nations. For the younger at heart, Asterix of course!
  9. The bright lights on both quarters are where the guys are working mooring lines, Deck 5 level I think, and there may be openings in the recess for the ramp, for vision of same in operation? Someone must have a good photo.
  10. If nothing more suitable turns up .... subject to date of course, let me know. Cost you fuel St Malo-Josselin-St Malo and decent lunch!
  11. I don't think the ramp is open. Just light reflection. It is in a recess.
  12. And the CGT have called tug crews out on strike 16-19th....
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    BF Refit Season 2019-20

    I would be surprised if insurance covered a mechanical failure without outside cause.
  14. I don't think that cows or sheep are to blame. I was sparing blushes and avoiding naughty words....
  15. I have previously pointed out how easy for BF it would be to install a "Magnus Lounge" type area as per the Northlink Hjaltland and Hrossey. Separate off an area stbd side fwd of the self service area, add some decor? and offer table service, a comfy lounge area? and a few frills, albeit serving the same food as available in the self service. Quick, cheap, easy, classy. Last time I think I paid £18 for this with Northlink, and always use it. https://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/on-board/magnus-lounge/
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