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Old 30 April 2010, 14:03   #1
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Mont St. Michel - Thursday 30 April

I had another great day at Mont St. Michel yesterday. I arrived early in the morning, dried out for the day and managed to get back just before it got dark. I've recorded a fews short video clips of my trip:










I'll try and get these spliced into a video diary when I get a chance.
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I had another great day at Mont St. Michel yesterday. I arrived early in the morning, dried out for the day and managed to get back just before it got dark. I've recorded a fews short video clips of my trip:










I'll try and get these spliced into a video diary when I get a chance.
looks a fantastic place would love to visit there one day great video...
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Old 30 April 2010, 16:43   #3
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looks a fantastic place would love to visit there one day great video...
Thanks Tony. I'll try and get them all into one shorter clip over the weekend. I was doing the commentary for my wife in case you were wondering; she couldn't come with me. Oh, and the title of the thread should have been "Mont St. Michel - Thursday 29 April" Doh..
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Awesome. I'm really looking forward to getting out there
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Awesome. I'm really looking forward to getting out there
Thanks Matt. It was all going ricky ticky until the tide came in at it's usual insane speed. The side of slipway slopes and, as I thought would happen, the fenders kept riding up over the sponson. I had to hold the boat away from the wall by myself for about 20 minutes until there was enough water to leave, all the time being pushed about by the current. I was knackered after that. I think you'd need a couple of helpers in Martini II!

The scariest moment of the day was the quicksand. It was well iffy and is everywhere now the river has widened with the flushing action of the new dam. I reckon that in thick fog it would be possible to get stuck in quicksand 100 metres from Mont St. Michel and no one be able to find you.
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Scary thought! I wonder if it would help to set an anchor upstream away from the slip while the tides out, give yourself something to pull the boat away from slip until sufficient depth?

Or a set of rib fenders
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Scary thought! I wonder if it would help to set an anchor upstream away from the slip while the tides out, give yourself something to pull the boat away from slip until sufficient depth?

Or a set of rib fenders
Great Vids and nice commentary!

Another suggestion is to use the round fenders still, but instead of hanging them vertically down the side try attaching a warp at either end of the fender and hanging them horizontally just under the tube rubbing strake.
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Old 01 May 2010, 04:51   #8
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Thanks guys, sound ideas. The anchor thing did occur to me as I was struggling with the boat; I'll certainly think about it next time. The RIB fenders look nice, I'll have to speak the Captain about those. I'll try the horizontal fender trick in the meantime.
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Yes it really does look fantastic arriving by boat, although I've been many times by car, I think it would be a hundredfold more interesting going by boat. Unfortunatly I probably won't be able to get the boat on the water until early July now, but over the summer I hope we can meet up and do some cruises to there and others. How regularly do you go now, I've seen your Avranches videos, but I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to attempt that!
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Yes it really does look fantastic arriving by boat, although I've been many times by car, I think it would be a hundredfold more interesting going by boat. How regularly do you go now, I've seen your Avranches videos, but I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to attempt that!
I go fairly regularly; maybe every eight weeks or so. The tides over the next two months are fairly small but from July onward they start increasing again. There are a couple of local ribbers who want to go to Mont St. Michel so perhaps we could organise a trip later on in the summer.
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