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Comment posted Dunoon ferry services: facts and fancies by Robert Wakeham.

What on earth is this rabid allergy to pontoons? anyone would think they were an untried novelty, or an invention of the devil, rather than a proven answer to a very real problem.

Robert Wakeham also commented

  • If (and it’s quite a big ‘if’) your supposition were to be correct, it would be to do with this particular boat and nothing at all to do with a pontoon. You’d be doing yourself a favour by staying within the realms of credibility, if that’s possible.
  • Pontoons can be designed to ‘go up and down’ within strictly defined limits, such that it does not compromise their effectiveness – and gangway movement would be so small as to be almost un-noticeable. I can’t help thinking that there’s a common perception of pontoons in terms of the structures in yacht marinas – which tend to be in sheltered harbours, much lighter and more buoyant, and thus sometimes capable of quite lively movement when hit by the wash of a boat.
  • I’ve got good reason to, if you absorb all the criticism of the ferry service.
  • This makes it sound as if the only sure long-term solution is a tunnel, but I’ll doubtless be shot down by the usual suspects for saying so.
  • The Argyll Ferries website isn’t ‘reporting it as a problem’, it’s your misinterpretation of their use of the term ‘disruption’ that’s the problem. There does seem to be a pattern in your comments of misinterpreting other points of view to put them in a bad light when in fact they’re perfectly reasonable comment.

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