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Old 05-11-2016, 12:32 PM   #81
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So.... the ferry from the Canadian mainland to Vancouver Island isn't roll-on roll-off (i.e. drive-thru) like the Washington state ferries? Hmm....
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:33 PM   #82
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Our decision to take our new 21 on the Alaska Marine Highway is now seeming not so well planned. Well, we will either learn how or our new 21 won't be so new at the end of a week!
Having used the Alaska ferries I wouldn't hesitate to use them again. I guess I was expecting the more common drive in one end, exit straight ahead from the opposite end situation. And some are. It's all part of the travel experience and, hey, it makes for a good story later.

Yup Myron, our ferry fares are grim. But we gotta pay for things like the former million dollar a year salary for the x-CEO in New York with his outrageous pension for a few years service. Washington State ferries are such a bargain by comparison.

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Old 05-11-2016, 12:59 PM   #83
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So.... the ferry from the Canadian mainland to Vancouver Island isn't roll-on roll-off (i.e. drive-thru) like the Washington state ferries? Hmm....
They are roll on and off.
The ferry fare is the scary part.
Last time I took the ferry to Nanaimo it cost me $170 each way. That's vehicle and trailer ( 34 feet total ) and driver and passenger.
But, the clam chowder is really good.

I believe Ron was describing Alaska State Ferry.
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Old 05-11-2016, 01:01 PM   #84
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So.... the ferry from the Canadian mainland to Vancouver Island isn't roll-on roll-off (i.e. drive-thru) like the Washington state ferries? Hmm....
The BC ferries going between the mainland and Vancouver Island are all drive-thru. The ferry that goes between Victoria (Vancouver Island) and Port Angeles (Washington State) is a different company, Black Ball Ferry and you may have to back or maneuver.
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Old 05-11-2016, 01:04 PM   #85
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So.... the ferry from the Canadian mainland to Vancouver Island isn't roll-on roll-off (i.e. drive-thru) like the Washington state ferries? Hmm....
Roll-on/roll-off just means that you drive on and off, and any ferry any of us would use (including all BC Ferries vessels) are this type. Driving straight through (no turning or backing) means ramps on both ends, and most ferries that I've seen (including in B.C.) have this feature. One shown by Ron above appears to has ramps on the sides (rather than the ends), so only some vehicles go straight through - hopefully all the ones with trailers, but apparently not in this case.

B.C. has a substantial ferry fleet, with various designs, but most (perhaps all) have you drive straight through. If you look at the fleet description online, the ramps on each end are apparent in the silhouettes.
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appears to has ramps on the sides (rather than the ends), so only some vehicles go straight through - hopefully all the ones with trailers, but apparently not in this case.
Yup, that was the Alaska State Ferry that goes from Haines, AK to Prince Rupert, BC

Getting off was horrid, but the scenery, priceless.

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Yes practice is necessary!

And for some of us whose brains are not naturally inclined towards spacial intelligence (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spat...ce_(psychology) such as my poor brain need lots and lots and lots of practice.

Our brains work different ways. This whole trailering thing puts me into a way of doing and moving that is not an area where I am naturally gifted. This old grumpy dog is proving the saying wrong - I can learn new tricks. Unfortunately, I often have to take the same lesson and keep relearning the same trick.

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They are roll on and off.
The ferry fare is the scary part.
Last time I took the ferry to Nanaimo it cost me $170 each way. That's vehicle and trailer ( 34 feet total ) and driver and passenger.

But, the clam chowder is really good.

I believe Ron was describing Alaska State Ferry.
That's not scary - try taking just a RAV4 to Nantucket Island, MA. $487.00 round trip for the vehicle & driver. Add a bike to the front or rear & it goes up by $75.00! It is drive on drive off...
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Nantucket is too popular and they don't want anyone bringing cars or even bikes. We walked off. BC can be bad also as people here attest.

While traveling through Canada, however, we took ferries with the Escape and they were free. The ferries are considered an extension of the highway system in the middle of the country, so no charge. That was nice. I can hardly believe those other prices.
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Summer of 2007. I think I paid about $3000 to ferry from Skagway to Bellingham with stops in Juneau, Ketchican and Sitka including a stateroom for the overnight legs.
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