It's Rocking and Rolling in the Bay (1 Viewer)

Oct 20, 2010
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Burry Port South Wales
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A Class
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Since 2003
:sick: On the Bilbao run, the new boat is creaking and bouncing well. All the outside decks are closed and passengers advised to remain in the cabins. They even cancelled the fitness class.:LOL:
Should be an interesting night in the restaurant serving the 3 course meal, it may yet be cancelled.
We are ok, got the travel kettle and a full packet of Choc digestives. (y)




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Sep 23, 2011
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Ingleby Barwick,,Teesside
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We always booked inside cabins on the lowest decks possible, took a kettle and plenty of sarnies and snacks. We wouldn’t emerge until breakfast. Sometimes it was flat calm sometimes it was a bit hilly.
 
Apr 12, 2012
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N/E Lincs
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Autosleeper Rienza
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as above
Not as long a crossing but when we left Germany we crossed from Rotterdam to Hull in a force twelve. The Hook to Harwich ferry that night was canceled.
We were lucky but some cars were damaged and a couple of trailers had moved damaging trucks next to them.
I thought a drink before tea would be nice. By the time we got to the bar the rocking and rolling started so we retired to the cabin and stayed there until we got to Hull. The smell walking down to the car was horrible. Another driver said the dinning area was a mess and not fit for serving food.
 
Nov 3, 2013
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Portugal
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Fiat Ducato Auto Wildax
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C/van since '73 .M/h.2009
Hi.
Repeat story. I was CONNED by our daughter to go on the " Bargain ferry " ( Cheaper but SMALLER ) She said... " Its the same as the bigger boat,but you do not get carpets in the rooms.........."
The poor little boat met the waves head on ( The noise of the bangs and jerky moves going ahead,i honestly thought it would have a FLAT PROW/POINTY bit at the front when we arrived and docked ) I had to award it 10 out 0f 10 for its heroic efforts that night.
You could have carpeted all the inside and outside PLUS underneath and it still only weighs a fraction of its bigger sisters .
Jennifer. Mira/Meera. and myself returned to travelling "Through the tunnel". Usually make it to Buchy for the first night going back to Porty land.
Jennifer Mira/Meera. and myself.
PS. I have saved a fortune,not having to buy three dozen packs of Sturgeron / Tabs...But they did work while playing silly sods on the ferry.
 
May 14, 2021
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East Yorkshire, UK
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ADRIA Twin 640SLB
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Sorry to reminisce, but it is about bad weather at sea, my newly married wife’s first proper trip to sea with me was Sheerness to Jamaica in 1979 sailing Christmas Eve on the MV Jamaica Priducer. As soon as we were out into the Atlantic the storms came.

Gale force 10 westerly gales coming straight across the ocean meant for heavy seas and big big waves. We ended up having to steer 90 degrees off course, due north , but into the waves for 4 days!

I used to get up to go on my 0400 watch and tuck the life jacket under the open end of the mattress so she didn’t roll out of the bed. The dining chairs were roped down in the dining salon, the chairs swung around like a swing but never across the room.

We made it there safely, as you‘d expect on a large cargoe ship, and she soon got her sea legs and was never sick. I think it took us 14 days rather than the 10 it should have done.

Then to cap it all before we left Jamaica we had to leave port for a day to sail around in the Caribbean to weather out a late hurricane class storm rather than risk damage tied up in port.

We had the First Officer’s wife and two young children on their first voyage with us too. It must have been frightening for them to look out of the cabin window and see a wall of sea as the ship heeled over and hung there before coming upright again.

Fond memories 😊 thanks for indulging me.

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Oct 22, 2019
1,680
4,676
Hampshire
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65,995
MH
Chausson 640 welcome
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Since October 2019
:sick: On the Bilbao run, the new boat is creaking and bouncing well. All the outside decks are closed and passengers advised to remain in the cabins. They even cancelled the fitness class.:LOL:
Should be an interesting night in the restaurant serving the 3 course meal, it may yet be cancelled.
We are ok, got the travel kettle and a full packet of Choc digestives. (y)




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My worst nightmare :-(
 
Nov 6, 2012
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Guildford
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3litre Bessacarr 765
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Restarted 2012
I had better think myself lucky as I came back on the Salamanca on Tuesday and the Bay was like a mill pond and only got a bit lumpy when we turned into the Channel. Mind you it did take 1 3/4 hours to disembark as there was a problem with the berth.

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Jun 29, 2015
3,516
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Southampton
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caravan (for now)
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on and off since 1984
We did the ferry a couple of times when we had the Harley, but changed to the tunnel and the long ride to Spain. We have never used the ferry with a MOHO or even a car. I found the ferry more expensive than driving although that may not be the case with the higher fuel prices now.
 
Jun 29, 2015
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Southampton
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caravan (for now)
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Gulp, how do you sort this lot out with insurance claims 🙄

1:17 in theres a Frankia A class but no sign of it being damaged and if not, then how lucky are they, looking at all the other vehicles.

Looking at that I'm glad we only went with the bike that got roped down
 
Dec 6, 2011
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South Wales
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Coach built Adria
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Since 2007
Gulp, how do you sort this lot out with insurance claims 🙄

1:17 in theres a Frankia A class but no sign of it being damaged and if not, then how lucky are they, looking at all the other vehicles.

I had the wonderful job on one occasion of supervising them removal some 30 military vehicles that were all Huddled together in one corner of the vehicle deck on arriving back in Southampton from northern Norway.
There was as much damage done pulling them apart as by the rough seas 🤭
 
Apr 17, 2016
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White One..
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Gulp, how do you sort this lot out with insurance claims 🙄

1:17 in theres a Frankia A class but no sign of it being damaged and if not, then how lucky are they, looking at all the other vehicles.

They will buff out ok😁

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Feb 2, 2019
1,085
2,565
Norfolk
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58,334
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Pilote G740C
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2018
Gulp, how do you sort this lot out with insurance claims 🙄

1:17 in theres a Frankia A class but no sign of it being damaged and if not, then how lucky are they, looking at all the other vehicles.

Nothing like trying to reassure the OP :oops::X3: I bet the Frankia driver was petrified in case he got a puncture while trying to avoid the debris when he was disembarking
 
May 23, 2008
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Near Durham City
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2,787
MH
Carthago
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After suffering extensive damage a few years ago on the Spanish ferry we now drive down. Total hassle sorting it out but ferry never coughed up. They parked us on the outside deck so the storm did its best on our van.

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Aug 26, 2008
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B&NES
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My ex FIL had his Saab 99 Turbo destroyed on a rough ferry crossing.

I'm thinking we'll Chunnel again. Doobeedoobeedoo.
 
Jun 30, 2010
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1992 VW Auto sleeper Mono
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Berthed in Newark New Jersey in the mid 60s longside a car carrier, they were dragging brand new E-Types from the hold using 1 wire strop. Don't know what she went through getting there, but Boy! it sure damaged a hell of a lot of cars.
 
Oct 12, 2009
10,836
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SW London, Poland and all Europe
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8,876
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A Class N+B Arto 69GL
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When I was flying the car ferries we chained down all 4 wheels of every vehicle on even the shortest trips, e.g. Lydd-Le Touquet (20 mins.) and we as pilots checked the tensions on the chains.

I am surprised the sea ferry companies do not do the same, especially on the long crossings.
 
Jun 5, 2020
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1,177
New Forest, United Kingdom
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71,462
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Hymer Exsis-I 414
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4 years, travelling to Greece each year and exploring on the way and back
:sick: On the Bilbao run, the new boat is creaking and bouncing well. All the outside decks are closed and passengers advised to remain in the cabins. They even cancelled the fitness class.:LOL:
Should be an interesting night in the restaurant serving the 3 course meal, it may yet be cancelled.
We are ok, got the travel kettle and a full packet of Choc digestives. (y)




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That is because there is a humungous storm sat right over the area....
 
Oct 29, 2016
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Nottingham
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Laika kreos 5010
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I'm a newbie
:sick: On the Bilbao run, the new boat is creaking and bouncing well. All the outside decks are closed and passengers advised to remain in the cabins. They even cancelled the fitness class.:LOL:
Should be an interesting night in the restaurant serving the 3 course meal, it may yet be cancelled.
We are ok, got the travel kettle and a full packet of Choc digestives. (y)




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I was on the Ancona to Patra boat one time. the water broke the windows and sea water was coming down the passages when we got into Greece the tv crews were waiting 40ft containers that were two high had gone over. Very scary

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