Post by whidbeyislandguy on Jan 17, 2011 19:39:35 GMT -8
As for the list, I would think that the outside lane on the north side of the vessel would allow for taller vehicles. It holds the bike area and is limited in height. I have not been on the boat during a crossing, but I would think that they would want the heaviest vehicles closer to the north side, as it would settle the list.
Does anybody know if the three new boats will have controllable pitch props?
I rode on Chetzemoka again this afternoon from Keystone to Port Townsend. This is the 4th time I've been on the new vessel, and the third time I have ridden it. I have yet to ride on Chetzy as a walk on passenger. All three times I have driven on the boat. Anyway, today there was enough traffic that they loaded me into that single outside lane below the mezzanine. To answer your question about the narrowness of that tunnel lane, there's actually more room to open your car doors in that single lane than in the other 5 lanes. you are correct in that they only load vehicles into that single lane when they have enough vehicles to fill the vessel. The rest of the time, they keep the cars to the other side of the fidley for balancing purposes.
Today was a rough crossing. They ended up heading way south of Keystone before crossing Admiralty Inlet, but Chetzemoka handled it well, much better than Steilacoom II would have.
She really is a great boat! she handles well and as long as you know what you are doing she give more then enough power when needed. I am still amazed at her over all tone and sound level. she thankfully is far more like a Jumbo in her cabin, then she is like and Issy...