Taking the 'Wing on a ferry


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Taking the 'Wing on a ferry

Post by dtrider » Tue May 01, 2018 8:55 am



For our summer trip my wife and I will be riding up the Olympic Peninsula in WA, then taking the ferry from Port Angeles over to Victoria for a couple days followed by another ferry over to San Juan Island and then back to the mainland. I've seen a couple posts on the site about bikes on ferries, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to throw it out for some more advice if available.

To start it sounds like it would be a good idea to bring my own straps to tie the bike down. Any other suggestions? Should I be looking at making reservations for the ferries and buying tickets in advance? Anything special about the loading / unloading procedures for bikes?

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Re: Taking the 'Wing on a ferry

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue May 01, 2018 11:38 am

Definitely take your own straps.
also make sure you have the short double loop strap extenders to go over the bottom triple tree.

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Re: Taking the 'Wing on a ferry

Post by Mh434 » Tue May 01, 2018 3:14 pm

I don't think I'd bother. I've personally traveled that exact ferry on my GL1500, many times, without issue. They'll put you right at the very front of the boat, in an area specifically for bikes.

There are dozens of heavy-duty rope tie-downs, already attached to steel railings, for this purpose.

Additionally, the strait is quite protected, and only rarely gets rough enough to move the ferry around. I was aboard during one of those rare rough crossings and, being a bit OCD, was concerned about the bike, so I went down and checked it. The two ropes I'd used were solid & secure and, despite the ferry's rocking, the bike didn't move a hair during the entire crossing.

The same goes for the other 20 bikes that were in my group on that crossing - not a single one of them moved.

BTW - great duty-free booze & tobacco prices on that ferry, if such things interest you...

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Re: Taking the 'Wing on a ferry

Post by brettchallenger » Thu May 03, 2018 4:52 am

It very much depends upon the ferry, the sea and the crossing. My local ferries go from Hull to Rotterdam (Holland) or Zeebrugge (Belgium) each about a 12 hour crossing and the ships now have special bike bays which are quite secure. The seas can sometimes be rough, especially in winter but the ships are very big, 700 ft long and weighing 60,000 tons. Other vessels I have been on differ widely. Some want you to put the bike on its centre stand (unusual) and others on its sidestand. Nearly always against the side of the ship where it can be tied down. I have had some rough crossings but never really had a problem. Make sure you tie down using the frame and not the crash bars, or worse, the passenger grab handles.
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Re: Taking the 'Wing on a ferry

Post by minimac » Thu May 03, 2018 7:03 am

If you know where you'll be crossing, call and ask. Every one can be different, so that way there are no surprises.

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Re: Taking the 'Wing on a ferry

Post by Mh434 » Fri May 04, 2018 1:11 am

minimac wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 7:03 am
If you know where you'll be crossing, call and ask. Every one can be different, so that way there are no surprises.
There IS only one, single ferry (Black Ball Lines, the M.V. "Coho") from Port Angeles Wa. to Victoria BC - the one I was talking about above. No surprises.

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Re: Taking the 'Wing on a ferry

Post by PileDriver » Fri May 11, 2018 4:28 pm

I agree with Mh434. I live on the Kitsap Peninsula and have never had any issues on the ferries in the Puget Sound and Straights. Bikes are first on and first off.

There is a lot of good riding up here. 101 Loop around the Olympics, the North Cascades, etc. If you have time, head up the hill out of Port Angeles to check out Hurricane Ridge.

Depending on which ferry run you're taking, it's a good idea to get reservations ahead of time. Not to overstate the obvious, but you'll need a passport or enhanced ID to go the Victoria and back.


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