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# 181150 4-Oct-2015 20:15
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Stuff article 

Shame to see the last of the old girl. I personally had many trips across the straight in her over the decades.





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  # 1399838 4-Oct-2015 20:50
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ive spent many an hour watching it get fixed and painted

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  # 1401097 6-Oct-2015 15:56
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She was the only properly built boat that company had.  Bluebridge will eat them for reliability now.




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  # 1401107 6-Oct-2015 16:11
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I remember going to the open day as a kid when the ship first arrived in NZ. It isn't that old compared to the age of previous ferries. Some of Wellingtons electric trains still on the line, date back to the 1940s. So we do get good value out of hem I can't see the current ones lasting 70ish years due to the electronics in them. Keeping them as simple as possible pays off.

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  # 1401135 6-Oct-2015 16:47
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MikeAqua: She was the only properly built boat that company had.  Bluebridge will eat them for reliability now.

 

 

There's no question the Aratere is a dog, but Kaitaki has an excellent operational history and it's a bit early to write off Kaiarahi just yet.

 

 

Having said that, you rarely ever hear of any problems on Bluebridge and they have two very nice vessels on offer since the Strait Feronia entered the fleet.

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  # 1401428 7-Oct-2015 03:41
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alasta:
MikeAqua: She was the only properly built boat that company had.  Bluebridge will eat them for reliability now.
There's no question the Aratere is a dog, but Kaitaki has an excellent operational history and it's a bit early to write off Kaiarahi just yet. Having said that, you rarely ever hear of any problems on Bluebridge and they have two very nice vessels on offer since the Strait Feronia entered the fleet.


Maybe it is because BB do  not have to also run a railway system badly as well....!





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  # 1403101 9-Oct-2015 14:58
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Oops I forgot about the Kaitaki.  That's a good ship.

However the Kaiarahi (Stena Alegra) was built in the same place as the Aratere.  Expect problems to continue.


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MikeAqua: She was the only properly built boat that company had.  Bluebridge will eat them for reliability now.
There's no question the Aratere is a dog, but Kaitaki has an excellent operational history and it's a bit early to write off Kaiarahi just yet. Having said that, you rarely ever hear of any problems on Bluebridge and they have two very nice vessels on offer since the Strait Feronia entered the fleet.




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