turn off the ferry option, unless you need it

 

On a recent trip from Charleston SC to Williamsburg VA I put 100% faith into my 265WT. I found myself routed to a ferry terminal as I approached Jamestown VA. We sat back and enjoyed the 15 minute crossing while I poked around the GPS and found the setting to turn off the routing using ferry boats.

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John from PA

That's a pretty nice ferry

That's a pretty nice ferry ride. Pls is free.

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Setting

Did you have the GPS set for Shortest Distance? Avoid highways?

Strange that you were sent that way on that route.

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shortest time

diesel wrote:

Did you have the GPS set for Shortest Distance? Avoid highways?

Strange that you were sent that way on that route.

Shortest time, and set that way for many years. I would also say that the calculated arrival time did not include waiting for the ferry and the duration of the ferry ride. In the long run, it didn't matter.

My 265WT "traffic cable" was acting up, hence the reason I purchased a 2689 on return home.

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John from PA

Ferries

It may be fine to leave the FERRIES unchecked in areas where the water does NOT freeze, but where it does check to avoid ferries.

Happened to someone I know where the GPS sent him to a ferry crossing which is out of commission when the water freezes.
Had to make a long detour back to where he could cross via a bridge.

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Ferries are great!

phranc wrote:

That's a pretty nice ferry ride. Pls is free.

Ferries are great. We live on Long Island, about 120 miles long. All the bridges are at one end. There are ferries at the other end and in the middle. The traffic on the bridges is a nightmare. We take the ferries whenever we can. It's fun!

On vacation, we went to the Seattle and Vancouver area where there are more ferries than anywhere. It was really enjoyable.

dobs108 smile

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John from PA wrote:

Shortest time, and set that way for many years. I would also say that the calculated arrival time did not include waiting for the ferry and the duration of the ferry ride. In the long run, it didn't matter.

You can cut that shorter if you drive agent 007 amphibious Lotus Esprit. No need to wait for ferries.

Not a great trip

dobs108 wrote:

Ferries are great...

This story just came to mind:

About 20 years ago we took the ferry from Orient Point, Long Island, NY to New London, CT. The trip was in November, which is coming very soon. Remember that Gordon Lightfoot sang about "...the gales of November." We were in such a gale.

The usual boat was a converted WWII LST Landing Ship with four decks, but because of low customer demand in November a much smaller boat was in use. All vehicles were on the outside main deck and all passengers had to exit their cars and ride in the enclosed cabin on the second deck up forward.

The piece of water we had to cross is called The Race, about 7 miles wide, which carries all the tidal current from Long Island Sound into and out of the Atlantic Ocean. Wind plus current is worse than wind alone. The gale was from the northwest and our course put the wind and waves 45 degrees on the port bow.

The boat was pitching and rolling quickly. In the cabin, no one could walk around. As boaters, we did not become seasick but others did. It was all we could do to hold on to our seats. Luckily, all seats, tables, and galley were thoughtfully bolted to the deck. The worst was over after a half hour.

As the ferry entered the harbor we headed for our cars and saw that they were all white, as if they had been spray-painted. The salt-water spray coming off the bow crashing into the waves had coated our cars in salt. We had a bottle of window cleaner and with a great deal of work had the windows clean enough to drive, but we went to the carwash first thing.

It was an experience...

dobs108 shock

Lake Champlain

I crossed Lake Champlain on a ferry in Dec-Jan time frame. There were huge slabs of ice all across the lake. I could feel the boat being thrust side-to-side by the slabs as we crossed.

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Normally

Normally I have ferry option turned off but for some reason it had been enabled during our recent trip. Fortunately it saved us over an hour of time as a result of taking the ferry. I didn't realize until we were told to turn toward the river that we were being guided to the ferry. A short wait and $15 saved us lots of miles and time.

I wonder if it doesn't use a

I wonder if it doesn't use a defined speed (slow) for a ferry thus calculating it as the shortest time.

Ferry option

John from PA wrote:

On a recent trip from Charleston SC to Williamsburg VA I put 100% faith into my 265WT. I found myself routed to a ferry terminal as I approached Jamestown VA. We sat back and enjoyed the 15 minute crossing while I poked around the GPS and found the setting to turn off the routing using ferry boats.

I didn't even know there was a ferry option.