I knew there was a reason I dont use Ferries (1 Viewer)

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Jim

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I've often laid awake at night on rough crossings knowing how close other vans are to mine! At the merest hint of bad weather in a forecast you'd think every lorry would be chained down.
 

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Who would you claim from, insurance wise if yours was to get squished..?

Most ferry company`s have a get out clause for any such incident..:(
 
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My main fears have always revolved around inattentive car/motorhome drivers parked around me who might not have applied full handbrake and/or leave in gear. This item has added another tier to my fears.
 

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All the gear, and no idea!
I was on a ferry with my Harley and the bike next to me wasn’t strapped down at all!! I summoned a crew member and told him I’m not leaving cargo deck till that’s strapped down (it was a sh1tty Yamaha FJR). They summoned the rider via tannoy and down and told him it had to be strapped down, he said “I thought the crew did it” ???

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I was on a ferry with my Harley and the bike next to me wasn’t strapped down at all!! I summoned a crew member and told him I’m not leaving cargo deck till that’s strapped down (it was a sh1tty Yamaha FJR). They summoned the rider via tannoy and down and told him it had to be strapped down, he said “I thought the crew did it” ???
I’ve never had to strap down my bike on ferry crossings, the crew always did it? I always waited for mine to be done to give it a little test though.
 
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I've often laid awake at night on rough crossings knowing how close other vans are to mine! At the merest hint of bad weather in a forecast you'd think every lorry would be chained down.

As far as I know they are chained down on all crossings.
 
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Definitely not, I've seen lorries unchained umpteen times

I don't recall seeing them unchained but I only use longer crossings these days.

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Minxy

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... definitely sticking to the tunnel for crossing to mainland Europe ... imagine if you'd left your do in one of those cars :eek: ... whilst it may have survived it would be totally terrified. o_O

We'd love to go to Ireland again but would certainly take the dogs up with us (in carriers) ... no way would I leave them in the camper.
 

WESTY66

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All the gear, and no idea!
I’ve never had to strap down my bike on ferry crossings, the crew always did it? I always waited for mine to be done to give it a little test though.
Hull-zeebrugge crossing, always had to strap my own bike down, I think crossing to Ireland the crew came to do it, I politely declined saying I’d do it myself (always have my own straps) as I’d seen all the other seats squished down flat, and thought that’s not happening to my leather and snakeskin custom seat(y)
 
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We have travelled extensively by Ferries around Europe, even a force 11 in the North sea back from Norway.

Never had any problems.

But looking at that, its down bad management (captain and Crew).

Much prefer Ferries to Eurotunnel, all the time and money in the world, would never fly to Europe again.
 
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On the Cairnryan - NI crossing all trucks are lashed, sometimes they fail, or, the dockers don't fit them correctly. Trucks go over every winter somewhere in North West Europe. On our ferries we always asked bikers to lash their own bikes, much easier and faster when you have 600+ on a crossing.
 
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On the Cairnryan - NI crossing all trucks are lashed, sometimes they fail, or, the dockers don't fit them correctly. Trucks go over every winter somewhere in North West Europe. On our ferries we always asked bikers to lash their own bikes, much easier and faster when you have 600+ on a crossing.

A thought has just occurred to me regarding air suspension on trucks, which virtually all have these days.
Is the suspension lowered prior to lashing? If not could progressive deflation during a crossing make any lashings ineffective?

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Minxy

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I think you meant "dog" but you wrote "do" which could be interpreted as something else :rolleyes:
Ah, yes I see now ... yes I did mean dog ... in my defence I was chomping a nice hot 'pain au chocolate' at the time so was a bit distracted! :D
 
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Yes the drivers are supposed to isolate the air, and engage gear and use handbrake. We lost a couple off the stern over the years, no gear or handbrake. No accounting for idiocy, happens again and again.
 
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If damage to MHs on ferries was a problem it would have been reported on here.... can't recall seeing anything.....
 

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I thought I was on the wrong forum with all this talk of lashing and being chained down! :whistle:

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We were advised that if you strap your own bike down and there's a problem then it's down to you.
If the crew strap it down and there's a problem it's down to them.
 
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Way back in 1971 on a ferry from Southampton to Le Havre we had a very bad crossing, 3 lorries broke their chains and a car that was 1 week old was absolutely crushed. Everything was chained down that day. We should have docked at 10pm but didn't dock until 7.30 next morning we were hove too most of the night
 

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Dont worry about it,,accidents happen even on roads ,,BUSBY:D2:D2:D2

Yes, but the insurance will pay on the road, they do not cover you on a ferry unless you pay extra. The shippers pay a stupid amount. I had a lorry on the Herald of Free Enterprise, and got NOTHING for the rollover and sinking at Zeebrugge. The driver was crushed in the bottom of the Wreckage and mud, he was the last body found on board when it was recovered.

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