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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    There's no difference in the schedule, both ships alternate. All modern RoPax are built larger now to accommodate more freight. Honfleur has less pax capacity as the route has seen a drop off of nearly 200,000 over the past few years whereas others have seen a increase.
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    Well yeah, received and understood Colin, I've been known to don the odd sou'wester from time to time! Maybe the BFE bods could begin a new sub title named "The Anorak Angle"?
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    Forum Content

    How are the E-flexers peripheral to Brittany Ferries when they are having at least two of them in order to expand their Spanish services? Apart from Honfleur it's the only factual news regarding BF there is. It seems there is a greater appetite for rumour regarding a sale of Cap finistere and Pont Aven switching to St Malo. I also think that the interest with Irish Ferries is more to do with FSG and the dogs dinner they are making of their new build which has obviously created a bit of concern regarding BF's Normandie replacement. Aren't you interested in whether the two UK based charters which are critical to BF's sailing schedules and capacities are to be extended or not?
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    Le Boat / Canal Du Midi

    I've always felt that the idea of "easydock" and a stern thruster as a bit of overkill on a hire boat. The bow thruster makes a big difference especially guiding a 44ft flying bridge job into a tight stern on mooring. The pressure pad variant tend to break far easier than the joystick type.
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    Le Boat / Canal Du Midi

    Interesting, I wonder what engines Le Boat have specified? The Nanni's in Lens Broads hire boats are bomb proof.
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    Le Boat / Canal Du Midi

    On some of the German waterways you need a licence regardless of length or power, the yard usually sorts this. Here in the UK most of the inland waterway hire craft are fitted with 50hp Nanni Marine diesels plus there's a length limit on the Norfolk cruisers of 13.4m. The owners aren't licensed although the craft must be registered for the specific inland waterways you intend using.
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    Le Boat / Canal Du Midi

    We've used Le Boat in Germany, Wolfsbruch-Plau on their "Clipper" which is based on the Aquafibre/Broom hull and France on their "Calypso" based on the Bounty hulls which were built in Brundall, cruising from the Camargue to Narbonne. Everywhere is stunning along the route. You'll not want to leave Béziers and the lock descent at Fonsérannes is amazing. Le Boat are very similar in set up to those found in the UK, the only difference being the large security deposit. We sold up on the Broads in 2015 as it became far too expensive justifying the cost for the amount of use but we still hire every year (just returned this weekend). Le Boat are one of many who have pulled out of Norfolk over the last five years. Their new hull supplier for their premier "Vision" class is Len Funnell based in Horning with the "Horizon" class designed by Haines so you can be sure of the quality. Go for it, you won't be disappointed.
  8. Stena are planning are large overhaul of their Baltic capacities, I think they'll head up there although having them as charter replacements for Connemara and Etretat would be a step forward for BF's Economie offering. They are far superior to the Visentini's they currently have. I wonder what they'll do with Superfast X when the E-Flexer arrives as opinion suggests she'll partner Adventurer. Will DFDS return Stena Nordica when they receive E-Flexer V?
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    BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    Obviously there is still plenty of time for BF to negotiate extensions for both Etretat and Pelican. As I've suggested earlier in the thread, it seems realistic to assume these two would be retained for a further two years. From June next year when Normandie takes over at Le Havre, Etretat would be the ideal 2 year gap filler for BDS, she's actually an upgrade in terms of capacity. There's even scope for Etretat to cover Spain as soon as BF hand DFDS the keys back for BDS next April. They could use NEX in the interim covering Portsmouth-Le Havre.
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    BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    2020? April 2019 you mean, DFDS are getting her back a year early. Etretat goes back early in 2019 so too does Pelican. Ok, one more time. BDS, Etretat and Pelican return to their owners during the first quarter of 2019. Without any further announcements there'll be no freight only service from Poole, no vessel for Le Havre until June and no BDS replacement for two years.
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    BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    That's right hence now the year delay. Originally it was believed that 1 & 2 would replace the Liverpool Visentini's, 3 would head to BF and 4 would be used on Holyhead.
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    Should I be worried?

    Ed let's not forget that time isn't a constant, it's relative and can vary depending on your speed through space. Usually we live in a three dimensional world with length width and height defining a location. Time provides us with an other coordinate, direction. It's the direction of travel BF use which is the key... I mean you are a frequent traveller on BF, you maybe 97 years old but due to the Time direction you don't look a day over 31... This is where Normandie's missing years have gone. Comprendez?
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    BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    Tony both E-Flexer 4 and E-flexer 6 are due in 2021... so far. The latter during Q3 of that year. It's on page one here. https://www.ferryshippingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180530_Ferry-Shipping-News_On-order.pdf It's interesting that a pax number is given (1000) for No6 but not No4.
  14. Stena Line confirm that the first of their three E-flexers will be deployed on the Holyhead-Dublin route from 2020. Stena have also confirmed that both Visentini's, Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey will be replaced on their Birkenhead-Belfast route by E-Flexer's 2 and 3. http://news.cision.com/stena-line/r/stena-line-confirms-plans-for-its-3-new-irish-sea-ships,c2546004
  15. Is that a bit like a wailing threnody being a eulogy for the damned?
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