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Old 01-09-2013, 03:26 PM   #11
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I know some of the more modern ferries have the ability for reverse thrust with those propeller pods (not the correct industry term) that can turn 360 degrees, so maybe that's what she was referring to? Even though, saying it had no brakes is pretty typical of most TV reporters. Their sole job is to look nice and read off a teleprompter. Not employ critical thinking skills...

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:36 PM   #12
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Even a crash of 5 miles an hour with people sitting around wearing no seatbelts, drinking a cup of coffee or daydreaming will send people flying all over the place. Hitting a pier is a definite SUDDEN stop.

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:39 PM   #13
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If anyone has ever been on a subway they will tell you that if the train slows down suddenly people go flying into each other. Its actually less likely to injure someone on a crowded train as we just bump into each other and exchange "sorry" and "whoops" but on a mostly empty train the guy not holding the bar goes bumping around like a bowling ball. I think the same sort of physics applies here.

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:44 PM   #14
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It's not like being in a car accident. You're not wearing a seat belt, there are no air bags, and there are no brakes on the ferry. When it hits the dock, everything including passengers become a flying, dangerous object. I hope everyone is okay.
I was in a school bus crash that happened around 30mph (thankfully there were brakes and not a complete sudden stop involved) in middle school which gave me a black eye and bloody nose, so I have a rough idea of what it's like to come to a near stop with no safety equipment to speak of. It's no fun, and I wouldn't suggest trying it to anyone. I have no idea how ferries work, but wouldn't the captain have given a "brace for impact" order in some shape or form once they realized the pier was going to be their means of stopping?
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:44 PM   #15
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Hope that everyone is fine. I think Creamy got it right though with the physics. A slow crash can really injure folks if they cannot brace for it and end up rolling around

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I've done it with my boat before. My motor shut down while I way pulling into a slip, so my brakes stopped working.

Even going 1-2 MPH you feel it. A boat that size has a lot of momentum.

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Old 01-09-2013, 05:00 PM   #17
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I'm ashamed to say I sighed with relief when I heard the ferry was coming out of Highland NJ. I know plenty of people who take the Staten Island ferry, but no one from Highland NJ. Lots of police and other emergency boats visible from my window at the office at the moment.
I feel the same as my sister and a lot of my friends take the ferry into the city from Rockaway.
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/09/us-usa-newyork-ferry-idUSBRE9080O920130109

Not sure what is worse, the fact it hit the dock at 14 mph or the fact it cost $655/month to use the ferry.
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The ferry's name was "Wall Street"....

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Not sure what is worse, the fact it hit the dock at 14 mph or the fact it cost $655/month to use the ferry.
Yeah... considering my mortgage, truck payment, and fuel cost for my 60-mile round trip commute each month is less than that....
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