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10-23-2009 08:22 PM
Waltthesalt In Washington state ferries the interior arrangements are set up not to be mirror images fore and aft. Galley at one end and the heads at the other. These and other arrangements are to prevent riders from becoming disoriented. The boats are operated so the same end is always pointing to the same destination. For example on Puget Sound the galley end is always pointing towards the Seattle side.... except in the old days when capitans would switch ends on April Fools. As has been said the polit houses on each end are identically equipped. If you want lots of info on this subject google "50 years of double-ended ferry design" along along with EBDG for a paper on the subject.
10-23-2009 07:43 PM
Waltthesalt I just rode the Bainbridge ferry and there's a sign inside on each end that says "nd 1" or "End A" (I don't recall which) and "End 2" or "End B" The pilot house on each end are identical and the bridge crew shift ends and controls at the dock. Inside designers try to make the arrangements such that passengers arn't disoriented by mirror image arrangements i.e. the galley and heads are on opposite ends of the intreior island. As you know the boats are always operated with the same end being in the front on the same leg of the trip. i.e. the Galley always is heading towards Seattle. In the old days on April 1st some captians would switch ends. There's a paper "50 years of double-ended ferry design" that goes into all the detail you could ever want. Google that with EBDG.
04-09-2009 06:22 PM
artbyjody The end that is the front is the end that doesn't rear end ya....
04-09-2009 06:16 PM
blt2ski Moonfish,

Now that I think....OUCH...about it,,, note to self, do not thing, pulls brain muscle......

Anyway, it is #1 and 2 end. I should know, seems like I've spent 1of the last 4 yrs commuting to Vashion, Bainbridge via Edmonds Kingston and up to Orcas to get to Crane island. It also seems like the restrooms are on the west end, mens south and womens north side of boats. Not sure why, that is also IIRC the #2 end too! hmmmmmm better not try to figure that one out eh.
04-09-2009 02:09 PM
AE28 This doesn't answer the question either - I just wanted to share the juxtaposition.
04-08-2009 11:13 AM
Moonfish On the Washington State Ferries I've been on (mostly on the Anacortes-San Juans route), they are marked "No. 1 End" and "No. 2 End" in various places on the vessel.

And, no, that does not describe the heads and their use...

For anyone interested, we did a video story on the recent first sailing of the year of the WSF ferry that connects the US and Canada. It's for our web site up here that is dedicated to the San Juan Islands. That's my wife on camera...

04-07-2009 05:16 PM
blt2ski Here in Washington, the ends have an A or B end. The marker lights get switched around based on which direction the boat is going. I would assume that the A end is the presumed bow per say, the B the aft. But when they probably spend half the time going A end first, the other half B end first..........does this argument really have any meaning?

My 02 for what little it is worth these days!:d

04-07-2009 05:12 PM
Boasun Check the numbering of the Life rafts/boats... Odd to starboard and Even to Port. This will point the way toward the actual bow of the double ended ferry. The numbering of the compartments will help here also, using the above system of Odd to stbd and Even to port.
04-06-2009 08:49 PM
bubb2 Good question, If you look at the ferry one would think that lettering would give you indication of which end it the real "bow".

But then again the lettering would be just the opposite on the starboard side!
04-06-2009 08:11 PM
peikenberry I was stationed at Governor's Is. NY on the Coast Guard Base and got to know the Ferry Boat crews very well. I was even allowed to take the boat across several times. ( Of course the captain was looking over my shoulder) As was said they switch ends, so which is front depends entirely on which way it's going. In fact they lock the rudder and prop on the "front end" and then switch at the dock and lock the rudder and prop at the other end. Each pilot house has a complete set of controls and so where the Captain is the front end.
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