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Condor only bought Rapide a few years ago at vast expense - why would it have done so if the ferry was nearing the end of its useful life? Also, they reduced the operating speed of their fast ferries a couple of years ago on the apparent basis that this would extend the life of the engines - why bother if the ferries were nearing the end of their useful lives anyway? Something doesn't quite ring true. It wouldn't surprise me if they kept Rapide to run permanently between Jersey and St Malo, ditch the other fast ferries, and shove fast conventional ferries on the UK, Guernsey and Jersey route. I think they should stop going to St Malo altogether and go to Cherbourg instead, which is much closer and would save huge mileage.