Windy ferry travel

Jun 10th, 2006, 02:23 AM
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Windy ferry travel

I just saw the forecast for the Isle of Lewis. It is supposed to be very windy on the day our ferry leaves Lewis. It says there are gusts of 71 mph predicted. Do ferries still run with this type of weather. When it is rainy, will the ride be a rough one? Has anyone out there used seabands?
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Jun 10th, 2006, 03:01 AM
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I wouldn't, myself, trust any weather forecast more than 5 days out, and tehre's certainly nothing like this showing on the met office site; or even on Yahoo's extended forecast, so
a)don't worry. It's probably not going to happen.

Ferries can run across the Minch in 80mph ie, gusts of well in excess of 100mph. Realistically anything about Storm Force and they're not likely to sail. I've done the Islay crossing in a Gale Force and it wasn't much fun.

Rain and wind don't necessarily come together, and summer gales are unusual.

Seabands I know nothing about. I tend to use whisky.

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Jun 10th, 2006, 04:13 AM
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Ginger's quite good for general stomach upsets in my experience. Scots may disapprove of mixing, but try whisky and ginger ale - and lying down in the lowest possible part of the ship.
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Jun 10th, 2006, 04:29 AM
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I tried seabands when I was pregnant- didn't do a darn thing! What about some dramamine?
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Jun 10th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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Thanks for the response. I was on They have a 15 day forecast, which isn't always reliable, but just wanted an idea of what it may be like.
I bought some stuff like Dramamine and some sea bands just in case. I usually don't get sick, but I'm not sure about the size of the ferries and the motion.
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Jun 10th, 2006, 10:25 AM
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"which isn't always reliable" Now that is an understatment for sure. Weather in the UK is very changeable. I wouldn't put any stock in a weather forecast more than maybe 4 days out. And even then don't bet anything valuable on its accuracy.
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