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On the Ferry with Fullers: Graham Turley

Surely there can be few better ways to commute to work than sailing to the city. In each issue, Channel’s Heather Vermeer catches ‘five minutes on the ferry’ with a regular ferry commuter. This month, it’s the turn of Devonport Dad Graham Turley who relishes the chance to take to the water each working day…

Name and rank?
Graham Turley, Managing Director Commercial & Agri, ANZ, New Zealand.

Where’s home? Glen Road, Stanley Bay, Devonport - a nice 500m stroll to the Stanley Bay ferry.

Why the ferry? It is a simple decision to take the ferry. Either a nice relaxed and enjoyable stress-free trip to work, with interesting and friendly people, which is, at most, 20 minutes door to door and is nearly guaranteed to be on time, versus a stressful, long drive combating traffic along Lake Road and then Esmonde Road, even before you have to take on the motorway and always wondering whether you will get to your meeting on time!

Which ferry? I generally catch the 7.10 Stanley Bay ferry in the morning with my daughter Paige, who then jumps on a train up to Dio School for Girls, and my son Hamish, who works in town. The trip is just 10 minutes. On the way home I generally get the Devonport Ferry, as the Stanley Bay Ferry only runs at high peak.

Top deck/bar/outside/below deck - where is your on-board spot of choice?
We mostly sit up on the top deck outside with a bunch of other regulars in the morning. The ferry trip is very social with general chatter, laughter and, if you like, you can sit back and enjoy the lovely sunrise, view of the city or watch the activity on the harbour such as fishing boats, other ferries, paddle boarders etc.
On the Devonport Ferry, I generally sit with friends and have a chat about the day, the world or whatever is the topic of the day. Every now and then this is complemented by a beverage from the bar upstairs. On a nice evening, sitting outside watching the city disappear in the distance is a fantastic way to drain all of that work stress out so that when you get home you are relaxed.

Wish you were getting off (the ferry) in? Imagine if you could replicate the Devonport ferry experience in a city like New York…?

And an all-time favourite captain?
Scott Crighton - he lead by example, he was monster on the field and gentleman off field and his intervention when I was pinned at the bottom of a ruck once saved me a lot of potential facial restructuring.

by Heather Vermeer

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