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Discussion Board / Re: Seatruck Ferries model
« on: August 24, 2019, 09:44:11 PM »

I was very impressed with your model well done,i hope that isnt your last model to make

Thanks Alfie.
No not atall.. Looking for inspiration for my next one.. Maybe WB Yeats, we'll see!!
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yes or maybe the Oscar Wilde

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Discussion Board / Re: Seatruck Ferries model
« on: August 24, 2019, 10:19:32 AM »
Hello All,

I've been a member on here a while and enjoy reading the discussions. What I've noticed is that there's very little discussion of Seatruck Ferries.

Though predominantly a freight service and not carrying foot passengers, they do offer a limited availability for Car / Motorhome drivers at very reasonable prices. I've travelled with them a few times and cannot speak highly enough of them.

As an enthusiast its a great experience travelling by Seatruck. They have friendly laid back crews who don't mind you 'mooching' around the ferry taking photos etc. On a crossing in 2017 I even got a guided tour of the Bridge and Engine room (one email to Heysham head office a week before and they arranged it for me!!). Give them a go!

Anyway after a recent voyage on Seatruck Progress I was so inspired a spent 6 months building a Model of her. Thought you'd like to see it (attached).

Hope you like it

Seatrucker (Peter)

I was very impressed with your model well done,i hope that isnt your last model to make

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Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: August 19, 2019, 12:39:04 PM »
Came back on the WBY from Cherbourg to Dublin on Friday night, our  third trip on the ship. This was the first trip in rough[ish] weather. There was a gale blowing up the channel so most people ate early and retired to their cabins. Sea state was 3 metres + going down to Lands End and quite choppy going around the tip of England. The ship handled the sea pretty well, there was an occasional sigh from the bow as it headed into a high wave and a comforting roll but everything was very manageable, I think the ship is designed well from that point of view.

Regarding the on board facilites it is all rather open plan which you either like or don't like. Personally I preferred the Oscar Wilde's separate bars and eateries.

In terms of what we liked: the twin level loading worked well, a lot of motor vans and cars were loaded in an hour flat.The ship is easy to navigate and does not get so crowded  especially during the race for the car decks when embarkation is announced. The Wild Swans eatery is quiet and more intimate than the cafe and the Boylan's Brasserie. The cabins are well appointed and designed and fine for two-I cannot comment on having four in such a confined space.

What we didn't like was the bar- basically an L shaped corridor, the aforementioned open plan design of deck 10 and the grey decor with the carpets that have been commented upon by others.

The ship arrived on time despite the weather and embarcation was straightforward. One further point occurred to me; back in 2007 I recall the Normandy running late on account of the adverse wind and tides in the English channel, the WBY seems to have much more powerful engines so that it can compensate for such things.

All in all a very acceptable if quite expensive  trip.

good post i would agree with all of it
i really think IF have dropped the ball with internal design of the ship which is a great shame.i have travelled with Irish Ferries all my life but next year i will try the pont avan to roscoff which is a real cruise ferry and a slightly cheaper opition

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Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: August 04, 2019, 10:13:45 PM »
what happens when IF new build arrives and links up with the ulysses. does the WB stay on the french route for the full year?

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Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: August 03, 2019, 12:15:59 PM »
i recently travelled across on the WB Yeats, as i wouldnt class her as a cruise ferry defo ro pax but i did find her comfortable and i had no issue with cabins found them very comfortable and spacious, the only issues i had was the lack of cruise ferry feel and the general layout of boylans Brasserie she is def design more for the short crossing being more open than overnight crossing and the bar was smaller,they did have live music which was good but the full lights were left on in the bar which kinda killed the relaxing mood.i found the food excellent in boylans and only had breakfast as a treat in the Lady Gregory as its very expensive.
there was a issue with bad vibrations a couple of times and it seemed to be when she was slowing down and one bad vibration about 2 in the morning which woke us up.the staff did not seem to enjoy working there as a smile or personality was a rare commodity. i know she is new and has no character yet even like the simple things charts showing the ships journey up would be nice. The WB Yeats is a fine big ship but i dont think she is a patch on the oscar wilde and its a shame that irish ferries didnt learn or take ideas from her,i love the promade on deck 7 on the OW that ran between the two bars fore and aft and beside the piano bar and restaurant and steakhouse and the bar on top of deck 10.i feel this is what the WB yeats lacks,she does not follow in the feel of previous ferries on the run paddy killian normandy and the oscar wilde

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The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries HUll 777
« on: July 08, 2019, 04:39:28 PM »
Assuming the shipyard does not go bust Keel Laying could as early as  Friday 1st November 2019.

As Hull 777 is strategically important to Irish Ferries, I see there being a deal done to keep it at FSG.

Given the learning experience on WB Yeats a 12 month lead time should be achievable , if FSG has the cash to pay suppliers on time.

Hull 777 is more RO-Ro with less cabins , the remaining interior should be similar to WB Yeats. This should lesson the fittout time.

There are rumours circulating in Pembroke that as soon as Hull 777 is delivered an order will be placed to replace Isle of Inishmore.

What would be the rationale for replacing the Innishmore? She is hardly sailing full at present. Why would IF saddle themselves with the, unncessary, costs of paying off a new ship?  The Innishmore has plenty of years left in her yet. 

Matt
are IF very quieton the pembroke run

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Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: June 17, 2019, 12:54:59 PM »
When I was on her the Lady Gregory had max 8 people, looked depressing for the staff. Boylans seemed to be constantly busy, but was coping easily. Food in there seemed fine, and pricing was fair. I found the ship decent, always be a few niggles, seat fabrics and carpets already quite stained and dirty looking.

Had an internal 4 berth cabin, was very nice if quite narrow compared to Stena on return. Sound-proofing in cabin was poor.

Will be in the Deluxe cabins and lounge and next trip this week, will be interesting to compare.

Overall nice new ship, quiet and fairly well laid out.

Do you think she is an improvement on the OW?

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 07, 2019, 12:28:37 PM »
There is demand for seasonal operation out of Rosslare

Lets wait and see how the court case is settled.
#BRINGBACKOSCAR

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 07, 2019, 11:09:09 AM »
How could the Irish government legally provide any "support" to a private sector company which operates in competition with othe private sector companies? And why would they bother given the company's approach to flagging out and foreign crews?
that is a fair point which i never thought of why would they bother iven the company's approach to flagging out and foreign crews
but then again it is the irish goverment you just wouldnt know
as regrds legally provide any "support" to a private sector company  they did previously "support" IF when they threaten to pull out french run but IF were flagged in ireland then

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 06, 2019, 12:37:44 PM »

mark my words IF will be back in rosslare next year

They never left Rosslare - they’ve 2 departures a day still!

Assuming you meant the French service - what’s your basis for this claim? I’ve heard nothing from my contacts in IF that would indicate any considerations of switching WB Yeats or Epsilon to Rosslare in the next 18 months.
Indeed.  There's also the fact Yeats won't even fit Roscoff so if they are going to sail there they need another ship (and a port agreement of course).
yes im aware that yeats is to big for roscoff and i do think they are finished in roscoff unless they throw a curve ball and charter/buy a ship for cork-roscoff in rival to BF.but that is very very very doubtful.
I have no basis for any of the claims just going on my past knowledge/experience with IF that its never the full story with them.
if get help from goverment which they have already succeccefully got help when  they threaten to pull the french completly a few years ago,you very well could see them bk in rosslare alternating between there and dublin to cherb,i was a bit strong in saying mark my words but a  of lot of things have to line up like rossl mprovement road improvment and aid/pressure from goverment
and there is a lot people in the south who would rather use rosslare so the customer base is still there
anyway its a specuation from me and is this notwhat forums are for too FACT and FICTION nothing wrong with opinions

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 06, 2019, 12:03:31 PM »

mark my words IF will be back in rosslare next year

They never left Rosslare - they’ve 2 departures a day still!

Assuming you meant the French service - what’s your basis for this claim? I’ve heard nothing from my contacts in IF that would indicate any considerations of switching WB Yeats or Epsilon to Rosslare in the next 18 months.
Of course i meant french service,with my experience with IF i think they are playing a waiting game/hardball to see what happens if goverment steps in to help them financially.it is quite possible in a couple of years that they could run dub- cherb and alternate to ross-cherb, like years ago when they done ross-cherb/le harve/roscoff and cork-cherb/le harve/roscoff.
there is after all a wealth of people in south east/south/south west who rather use rosslare to france
 and if rosslare is too being improved and with new roads it is a possibilty,i am specualting and going on past experience with irish ferries you never know.

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 05, 2019, 07:23:35 AM »
Let's hope somebody steps in to provide a Rosslare-Roscoff next year, at least for the summer. From our experience many of the Irish holidaymakers head for the west coast of France, and Cherbourg ain't a good point to start from. Whilst we used to head for the Med, we rarely saw an Irish numberplate after Rennes. Had hoped Brittany Ferries might have moved in, but after their problems this year perhaps Stena might beef up their French fleet (they've got enough vessels)

mark my words IF will be back in rosslare next year

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:53:36 PM »
The purpose of WB Yeats was for freight primarily. Thats why she sails from Dublin and not Rosslare due to customer preferance???.

They could operate Epsilon Dublin - Cherbourg once a forthnight if they have the loads.

My guess is as soon as the compensation issue is put to bed Oscar will reappear next Summer on Rosslare - Rosscoff after all she is still on IF books until 2025.

i find it hard to believe she will return she is fully painted in GNV colours although i did read her interior is being kept the same as when she was OW
as regards still on IF books was she not sold?

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 02, 2019, 06:49:20 PM »
She and her half sister were fine ships.

what ship is her half sister?

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: May 29, 2019, 09:18:27 AM »
I have trawled around the internet looking for Pictures of  the Now named GNV Allegra (ex Oscar wilde) and have found an image of her here https://www.olbianova.it/notizie/trasporti-marittimi-attiva-la-nuova-olbia-genova-della-grandi-navi-veloci/.
I must say the ship looks better in white however whoever designed the Logo ?? well it speaks for itself,I leave it for everyone to decide themselves.

yea the LOGO is terrible

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