Ferry ramps - overhang issue?

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  1. sciac2001

    sciac2001 Funster

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    Although we were thinking of going over to Espana via the Chunnel in December because we are told that there are no steep ramps imvolved, having looked at the new Poole/santander LD service which is local to us, the ferry option is becoming quite overpowering.
    But with my scooter rack, i have an overhang which from the end of the rear tyre to the end of the rack is 8ft/2.45mtres.
    I have asked LD whether they can safely accomodate and await their response. Luckily too, I know one of the stevedores at Poole who will have a look at the ramps actually in use on their vessel and will let me have some feedback.
    In the meantime, does anyone have any tips/experiences please?
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    Is the scooter rack likely to bottom out? If not then the overhang will be considerably less, possibly by as much as the .45 metres or a tad more.
     
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    Thanks for response.
    Bottoming out is a concern. The steep angle of some of the ferry ramps means that it may well strike the floor. I will have to go in ultra slowly if it looks like it will bottom out. I am hoping that the ferry company may be able to shed some light.
     
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    On my last van which was a bit low with longish overhang I used to approach and leave the ferries at an angle of about 45 degrees if I thought I might bottom out. Also tide height I found made a difference in some places. At high tide the ferry was almost level whilst at low tide there was a dip between the ramp and up on to the ferry ramp.
     
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    Mine has a long overhang without any racks - 2.27m. I did worry at first but have not had any problems in practice.
     
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    Just looked up the model you have, the overhang is not so much at all, shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    I had a "B" class yank with an overhang of approx. 10ft and it was fairly low to the ground... and only ever ground out once...

    So you should be OK...:thumb:

    You could always ask to go on last, when the ship will be lower in the water... :Wink::BigGrin:
     
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