Spirit of Tas.

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  1. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Four blokes in a cabin..:knary
    Porthole or inner cabin, overnight sailing?
    :snore

    Cheapest is inner, facilities the same, no view out the porthole overnight anyhow, but is there a difference if it's a rough sea?
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  2. scottdug

    scottdug Adventurer

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    Do an overnight sailing, save wasting a day! : )
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  3. Dave Ward

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    Earplugs !
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  4. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Overnight and earplugs is already in the plan. If you mouth breathe, can you still smell flatulence?
    :hmmmmm
    More asking re: the roll of the boat, the nausea etc...I doubt I'll want a lower bunk if someone is gunna bark from above? But a lower one would work if I wanted to phone god on the big white telephone.
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  5. Richarde1605

    Richarde1605 Been here awhile

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    The nearer the COG, the smoother the ride.
    I have been on the Spirit a few times, once was a bit rough, but nothing compared to the ferry crossing back from the IOM in '89, spew sloshing up and down the aisles. Fortunately I don't get motion sickness...
    Have fun :-)

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  6. Out6ack

    Out6ack Whale Rider

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    The boat is great but the rooms are crazy small. Just get well pissed and u won't care. Have a cupla motion sickness tablets when you board and you'll be fine :thumb
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  7. boxerboy81

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    ^^ that's not like the picture on the website! They show parallel bunks. Travel is a few months away yet...but planning ahead
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  8. Phil_Fong

    Phil_Fong Over Regulated

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    The stink inside the boat is just awful if it's rough enough for spewing. Most people head for the fresh air outside, but usually you have to go up a few decks to escape getting wet from the waves.
    The real trouble is getting from your cabin to an exit without slipping over in the soup moving across the vinyl floors of the corridors. It's as slippery as ice and no where to wash the vomit from your hands and arms because every urinal, hand basin and dunny will be over-flowing with spew.

    Bonus is, there is no queue for breakfast, as much egg and sausage as you want.
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  9. Mouse

    Mouse I'm only smelly

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    Don't forget the coffee and donuts...
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  10. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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  11. Dave Ward

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    Collapsible bowl...

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  12. Russ

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    Book an inside cabin, when going to bed wedge the door open at about 30 degrees to get more fresh air and a bit of privacy, it's only a few hours don't waste the money on an outside cabin, they call it a porthole, you will be traveling at night nothing to see and the "porthole" does not open.

    And they wake you up abut 3 hours after you went to bed.
    No one has a good restful night on the S.O.T
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  13. Rocking Horse

    Rocking Horse Self funded bludger

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    The roll is really only apparent as they get close to port - Devonport. Through the night they might shudder and shake a bit but stabilisers counter most of the roll until they slow down. Strong westerly in winter can be a worry as you enter the river - announcements like "We suggest you find somewhere to sit down" can be worrying but seeing kids walking around like they are drunk is fun. Then you think "I hope the bike is OK". All good - head wind and rain for 50 minutes and into a hot shower at home again.
    Last rough one I had was with a porthole, shared cabin but I was the only one there. Rolling to the pothole side was somewhat "exciting" but we were only about 30 minutes late. The next day, that ship spent about 3 hours cruising along the coast waiting for the wind to drop.

    Port hole is overrated and the odds are there with be deck access outside so the curtain will be shut. My last trip was back with a car and I had to have an IPod playing music under the pillow to drown out the rattles. But it is all a part of the adventure. Better to have a clam crossing this way and the rough on the way home. Devil and the deep blue sea and all that eh what...
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  14. wi11iamson

    wi11iamson Been here awhile

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    The bike will be fine, unless it's not ........

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    Closer the centre of the hull, less roll and pitch, if that's a concern. Done plenty of trips, never had a problem, perhaps I don't get sea sick.

    It is fun walking back to your cabin with a skin full, bouncing off the corridor walls, you don't know if it's the piss or the boat roll.
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  15. Vince

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    Been over and back, the 4 birth cabins don't have enough room for 4 people to stand at the same time. I was concerned about sea sickness after 1 nightmare fishing trip years ago but it was fine. Don't worry about everyone needing to spew in the same dunny at the same time. There are sick bags. BTW there is a toilet near the Dinning area, the ones in your cabin are really small as well. I carried the pills and luckily didnt need them, be prepared before you load. Once the bike is lashed down you must leave the vehicle deck carrying what you need, no access to the bike till its time to get off. Strap your helmet on the bike and have a tiny bag with anything you need that night. Bear minimum as carrying crap about isn't fun. In the end, it was fun, would have been even better with a closer view of the MOTO GP on the TV.
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  16. Paul124ac

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    Best bit of advice, remember where the fuck ya bike is. You go on in Melb via the bow, off in Dport via the stern, so you get turned around and when they call you to go down to G5 you'll be confused. So just remember Port,G5,blue lift or whatever, type it in your phone. Funny as shit -last trip I took 3 mates with me, I've done 36 trips, 37th will be next wed, prolly a hundred bikes on the boat, 2 full lanes bow to stern. They called the deck and 96 blokes walked to the wrong end of the ship, my mates gave me hell and told me I was wrong all the way down the companionway. We strolled out straight to our bikes and had our helmets on by the time 96 blokes had walked the length of the boat.
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  17. JBtourer

    JBtourer Been here awhile

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    I just got a recliner chair. Good enough for an overnighter. Cabins are overrated.
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  18. a2zworks

    a2zworks Want to be a better rider

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    I'm going in a fortnight, never had a problem on the SPOT.
    I only get a cabin if I'm with the family, on my own I go on a recliner and it's good enough for me.
    Don't like the idea of sharing with 3 unknown drunks in a small cabin.
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  19. Just Dan

    Just Dan Bugger, Burnt toast

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    I have only done about 26 or so crossings. Inside 4 berth is good if you know the other three or sleep really well. There is no room for 4 people to be in the room at the same time.

    I am sure climbing Mt Everest is easier than trying to climb onto the top bunk in the dark. If you are travelling by yourself. You can request a 4 berth cabin to shared by 2 people. Works out cheaper than having 2 people in a two berth cabin.
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  20. FLICKIT

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    I cant stand the recliners, twice I've ended up in them because the boat was totally booked out and both times I didn't get any sleep at all... They kill my back, I dont think they're designed for 6'+ broad shouldered people ... I dont mind the shared cabins but there's usually at least 1 drunk that wants to come in late at night, have a shower and then pass out with the light on, or such, lots of inconsiderate fuckers out there... Headphones and some music helps...

    I'll be on next Thursday, escaping another Tassie winter :D

    Edit: For those that dont know: Spirit 2 had an eventful life before it came to Tassie:

    The Superfast III entered service on 16 March 1998 on Superfast Ferries' PatrasAncona route. On 1 Nov 1999 en route from Patras to Ancona a fire broke out in a freezer trailer on the vehicle deck, most likely in the electrical system. The ship's vehicle deck drenching system along with crew put the blaze out. All 307 passengers and 106 crew were evacuated and picked up by nearby ships.

    The ship arrived back in Patras the day after the disaster, and investigations began. 14 dead bodies were found in a truck. These bodies were later identified as refugees from Kurdistan. After the investigations had concluded, the Superfast III set sail for the Blohm + Voss shipyards in Hamburg, Germany for repairs, arriving there on 3 December.

    The repairs took 71 days during which 450 tons of steel, 84 km of cable, 1,200 m2 of insulation material and cladding were replaced, and a new tilting ramp and new public areas were installed. The cost to the underwriter (Attica Enterprises) was US$26 million.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Spirit_of_Tasmania_II
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