they might have to splash the cash and invest in a stern thruster
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They also said WB Yeats would not fit Pembroke Dock.
We might find out more tomorrow morning.
Dont think WB yeats fitted perfectly in pembroke dock
Oscar Wilde is still Irish Ferries until the last installment is paid.
WB Yeats was Built to replace Epsilon and provide freight and passenger capacity on both Dublin - Cherbourg and Dublin Holyhead.
It was never intended to operate it out of rosslare unless due to drydock cover or weather.
Its too big for Rosslare - Rosscolf which also has a summer market.
I was very impressed with your model well done,i hope that isnt your last model to make
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
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.