Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by User, 6 Jun 2008.
It would be interesting to learn the equivalent fuel consumption of the channel tunnel trains. I would expect the train to be more fuel efficient.
There is too much friction in water to make ships efficient users of fuel.
That sounds like a high speed one, I'd think a standard ferry would be much more efficient.
With 170 cars and maybe 500 people perhaps they could row some of the way to save fuel. They might have to change their cororate name though to something like 'Quiteslowferries'.
In that case, why not more hydrofoil ferries?
About 25 miles. 5 mpg. You'd do better giving it the gun in a 4x4.
Isle of Wight ferry has gone up by £2.00, but it’s still good £12 return mid week off peak
Is this for a car or for a foot passenger ?
Or just leave the cars off, then they'd use less petrol!
We may have the wrong sort of waves! That may sound stupid, but the waves in the Eastern Atlantic and off the UK generally have short periods and displacement hulls are better under typical conditions. As the wave period extends, such as found off the US coast and in the Pacific, hydrofoils and hovercraft are ideal. The hovercraft is often cited as being a British invention exploited by others, but as the size increases, you need longer waves, hence the US Marines were able to build very large hovercraft when we couldn't.
Of course, I could be wrong.
Maybe, but you sound infinitely better briefed than me!
Nice ferries though and Boulogne is so much easier to get in and out of than Calais About 50 min crossing time.
Gosport Ferry has bikes free this week!
..........sucking fuel through at an astronomical rate.
Do you feel the same way about the space shuttle lifting off ?
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