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Wight light ..Wight sun

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This is a legacy of the three engine fires on the ‘W’ class. Apparently the ships will not run in winds stronger than 20 knots (gusts to 25 knots), presumably because that would involve the engines working harder, with an increased fire risk. Wightlink were reported as looking at technical fixes that would solve the problem, but appear not to have found any.

If the restriction is permanent, it will not do anything to improve the viability of the Yarmouth-Lymington route. I for one will not be using the route if my plans are liable to be upset by what is no more than a strong breeze, and in the windy periods of the year there will be more cancellations than crossings. Good news for Red Funnel.

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Big Investment in what seems to becoming a bit of a lame duck of a route. Could have spent more elsewhere but guess that's hindsight for you. Shame really as quite a quaint route and by far most relaxing.

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Was on Victoria so Wight today 9th August and got to go up to the bridge with a friends 11 year old. Very nice bridge while chatting to the staff I was informed that Wight sun and light are currently only running on 2 engines (that would explain the mid Solent hiccup last week) and can't be certain but sky is on 3 or 4 hence why it's the only one that can still work in more than a knats fart of a breeze.

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If they take the engines out of the light and put in the sun they got two boats ..which they might of done as the sun is running in these very high winds 😂 

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