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'W' Class, first day with all three

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Wight Sun officially entered service for the first time today, making this the first day with all three ships serving the route.

 

I made a return crossing from Lymington on Wight Sun

 

A few pics.... (sorry, I can't get the thumbnails to work on my pc.)

 

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Apart from a slight delay off Yarmouth, waiting for the other ferry to vacate the berth, all seemed to run smoothly on my crossings.

 

Something that I did notice (and chuckle at), was that I saw people trying to sit down at the little clusters of four seats with a table, but I couldn't understand at first, why they shuffled about and seemingly couldn't get comfortable, and then got up and walked off......

 

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...then I realized that the seats were so close together that you could not get more than one person (adults at least) to be able to sit straight, as opposed to sideways.:D!......

 

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Apart from that amusing observation, a pleasant and uneventful round trip!

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Re: 'W' Class, first day with all three

 

I travelled over from Lymington on Wight Sky on Friday night and have to say that I too was impressed with the new ferries, although they seem to take a huge amount of time to unload and load, even at Yarmouth where passengers can disembark from the side.

Nevertheless, this afternoon, on a day when they were running a two ferry service, they still found the time to get the hose reel out and give Wight Sky a quick clean ....

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About the time spent on docking... Isn't this a bit much?..

Are the new ones that way too?

 

Worst than above are the new ones that replaced Cuthred, among others:

The docking system is tricky. Used to watch Cuthred approaching these seem sluggish on the approach/docking... The advantage are the large ramps that allow 2 cars running parallel. Great time savers indeed...

That's something that I don't get... why so narrow linkspans on the Wightlink ferries? 8-) No money for other things than new ferries while keeping the infrastructures?

 

Pedro

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Re: 'W' Class, first day with all three

 

Portsmouth's trouble is the sharp turn for cars to get round onto the linkspan if they are in lanes 1-10 and also when they double deck trying to move high vehicles out the way. It all goes a bit wrong on a double hence why most Saturday's in Summer they run late.

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