Windermere ferry set for refit later this month

The Westmorland Gazette: Windermere ferry set for refit later this month Windermere ferry set for refit later this month

THE Windermere ferry will be taken out of the water later this month for its five-yearly refit and full inspection.

Mallard, a vessel that can carry 18 cars and more than 100 passengers across England’s longest lake between Bowness and Far Sawrey, is due to be out of service from Monday 28 April and is scheduled to be back in service on Saturday 24 May.

In common with other passenger-carrying vessels Mallard, operated and maintained by Cumbria County Council, is required to have a periodic out of water inspection by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

This inspection has been timed to coincide with a full refit and the county council is investing £300,000 in the planned work, which will involve rebuilding the engines and servicing all hydraulic, mechanical and electrical systems on the ferry. In addition, the ferry will be fully repainted and improvements will also be made to vehicle barriers and security during the refit, which will be carried out on the slipway at Lakeside.

While Mallard is out of the water, the county council has arranged for Windermere Lake Cruises to provide an alternative passenger launch service, which will have limited space for up to two bicycles at a time. The service will operate between Ferry House jetty and Pier 3 in Bowness Bay, subject to weather and other safety considerations. The replacement service will operate throughout the day between 8am and 5.40pm.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience the inspection and refit may cause but this is essential work which will ensure the ferry undergoes a thorough inspection and is in top condition and ready for the busy summer season.”

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9:56am Tue 15 Apr 14

loughrigg says...

Before I ridicule the organisers of the maintenance and refit, can one of them explain why this has been arranged April - May and not when it's quieter in Dec - Jan ?
Before I ridicule the organisers of the maintenance and refit, can one of them explain why this has been arranged April - May and not when it's quieter in Dec - Jan ? loughrigg
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10:40am Tue 15 Apr 14

mintcakeminer says...

I use the ferry a lot, will it still cost 50p on the launch and can I use my yellow tickets?
I use the ferry a lot, will it still cost 50p on the launch and can I use my yellow tickets? mintcakeminer
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7:23am Wed 16 Apr 14

life cycle too says...

loughrigg wrote:
Before I ridicule the organisers of the maintenance and refit, can one of them explain why this has been arranged April - May and not when it's quieter in Dec - Jan ?
Since they are using the slipway at Lakeside, I assume the slipway is not available during that period, as the owners of the slipway have their own vessels on it.
Mallard was launched at White Cross Bay, which used to be closed in Winter, but perhaps the facilities there are inadequate or more expensive.
[quote][p][bold]loughrigg[/bold] wrote: Before I ridicule the organisers of the maintenance and refit, can one of them explain why this has been arranged April - May and not when it's quieter in Dec - Jan ?[/p][/quote]Since they are using the slipway at Lakeside, I assume the slipway is not available during that period, as the owners of the slipway have their own vessels on it. Mallard was launched at White Cross Bay, which used to be closed in Winter, but perhaps the facilities there are inadequate or more expensive. life cycle too
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5:56pm Sat 19 Apr 14

blade stall says...

You got there before me, can someone please tell us why this has been scheduled now as opposed to dec/jan???
You got there before me, can someone please tell us why this has been scheduled now as opposed to dec/jan??? blade stall
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11:29am Sun 20 Apr 14

ab oatman says...

The only location on Windermere capable of taking the Mallard off the water is the Steamer slipway at Lakeside. As this is used by the owners during the winter period it is only available to the Council during the summer months. The slipway at White Cross Bay is now covered in lodges and no longer used for larger vessels
The only location on Windermere capable of taking the Mallard off the water is the Steamer slipway at Lakeside. As this is used by the owners during the winter period it is only available to the Council during the summer months. The slipway at White Cross Bay is now covered in lodges and no longer used for larger vessels ab oatman
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