Securing bike on ferries.
I travelled on the Newcastle ferry two weeks ago, and the crew give out two ratchet straps per bike to secure it. But be quick as I saw some of our foreign bretheren grabbing 3 or 4 for their bikes.
Its best to check out your bike now for suitable places that a strap can go!
I find it better to leave the bike on it's sidestand, lock the steering and if possible applying the front brake is a good idea.
On my X11 I can pass one strap through over the top of swing arm pivot just behind the rear wheel and in front of the shock absorber, I have a hugger fitted but it isn't in the way at all. When this one single strap is tensioned up the bike is securely planted to the deck for the trip.
If your really worried fix another strap but make sure it's somewhere safe!
My return journey was the worst crossing I have ever had 21 hours, we docked in Newcastle at 2pm should have been 9am, the seas were breaking over the 9 storey high ferry all night this was Monday 25th / Tuesday 26th June when Yorkshire was getting all the floods. On getting to the car deck the bike was still securely held in place.
Some people attach straps from the rear carriers which I don't like, as all that pressure eventually gets transferred to the rear subframe of the bike and these ratchet straps can exert some force. A mates rear subframe snapped a couple of years ago when a DFDS deckhand decided to help him out! That's why the crew no longer help to secure bikes, in case of a claim!
Hope you have a calm crossing!