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Fast ferries look the part but evidence suggests are unreliable in our waters. Conventional ferries take longer but are more likely to run in all weathers. I suppose if a boat took 4 hours instead of 2.5 and I knew it was going to be reliable I would probably prefer that option. I reckon it would also be better for our tourist industry, after all it's a matter of expectations. If people know it's going to be 4 hours they'd accept it; if they're told it will be 2.5 hours on a state of the art boat and then turn up and find their trip cancelled or heavily delayed it's going to look worse.