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Comment posted Possible weather disruption to Gourock ferry services 14th and 15th June by ferryman.

Why should somebody need to lease the Waverley?
Should we not expect the current contract to be adequate?

You are perfectly right of course the Waverly is a passenger only paddle steamer built in 1947 yet it is perfectly able to paddle up and down the Clyde in the totally extreme, exceptional, horrific, normal weather that prevents our ferry service from running!

The current vessels are simply not fit for purpose.
The people who accepted these vessels were not competent to do so.

ferryman also commented

  • To Robert Wakeham

    You need to take a sharp step back from your posts and consider them in the cold light of day.

    Piers are fixed. Tides go up and down. Boats have used gangways since … well boats.

    They are not ideal. However a boat that sails is worth 1,000 that do not.

    Perhaps somebody can come up with a better solution but if the boat cannot sail I am not even going to get as far as trying to get on it.

    As to your question “Why is the fact I didn’t regularly use the service important?”
    you go and have a think about that.

  • Robert what are your constructive comments on the gangway that ceased to be used a year ago?

    Did you dislike the colour?
    Was the finish on the handrail not to your taste?

    My recollection was that the handrail at least remained attached to the boat which does not appear to be the case presently (unconfirmed).

    If you wish to submit comments then at least say you are referring to something in the past, and that you don’t actually use the service. That way people can indeed put your comments into perspective and assign the appropriate weight.

  • Er.that handful would be 60,000 vehicles!
    Perhaps that would be why people in Gourock are getting so upset?

    Perhaps that is why on Friday 15/June all 10 lanes at Western were full?

    DunoonLad do you use the ferries? Actually do you live in Dunoon?

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