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Old 03 March 2007, 17:55   #141
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Is it really necessary to fly the Q (yellow) flag on return to the UK and fill in the customs forms?
No.
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Old 04 March 2007, 05:43   #142
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I used to be based in Plymouth. First trip out was to go to the Eddystone (9ish miles).
Then longer trips to the Lizard, and eventually to the Scilly's.
Each trip took me no more than 10 miles from the shore (including the Scilly's). So I felt quite safe (I was doing it on my own).
After the Scilly's trip, this was a 100nmile run, I felt quite OK going across the channel. For you this will be about 90nmiles with the first 30 being no more than 10miles from land. And yes, yes I know that 10 miles is a bloody long way when you are in trouble, but we are talking CONFIDENCE here.
Oh yes, and I did all these runs in a 6.2m Avon with a 130hp Honda.

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Old 04 March 2007, 09:21   #143
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Tim,

You got me there.

Neil any chance you can confirm exacly what this document is ?

Now Tim has pointed it out it sounds a very official document. I know all I have is the stuff that RIBCRAFT give you when you buy a boat new. And I guess most people are like that. The Small Ships Register documentation sounds like something you get from Loyds.

If not Neil can someone else clarify what this piece of paper is ?
Hi Nick,

Sorry for not responding before. I was away last week on holiday.
Looking through the posts, most questions seem to be answered. if you want me to ask anything else, let me know, or if you need more clarity on anything etc.

In addition, please add me to the list to join,assuming work all OK nearer the time.

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Old 04 March 2007, 12:00   #144
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Hi Nick,

Sorry for not responding before. I was away last week on holiday.
Looking through the posts, most questions seem to be answered. if you want me to ask anything else, let me know, or if you need more clarity on anything etc.

In addition, please add me to the list to join,assuming work all OK nearer the time.

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Neil,

Added to list.
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Old 04 March 2007, 14:51   #145
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I have been watching this thread for a while and may be interested in joining in if it would be OK.

We would be leaving from Plymouth and it would be our first cross channel crossing.

I would only consider it if there are any others we could go with for that little bit of saftey and company.

I am thinking about taking our 2 boys ( 1 at 10yrs and 1 at 8 yrs) and would try some longer trips to see how they cope before a crossing. Also I would welcome any advice from those that have tried a 4 hour trip in open water with children where they have little to do or see.

Although this is a very vague request to join you all, is there somebody who is sorting out the camping arrangements or is it DIY.

Tim

PS. Is it really necessary to fly the Q (yellow) flag on return to the UK and fill in the customs forms?
Hi Tim:
Maybe we ought to begin sorting who's leaving from our neck of the woods. Altho' I'm in York, we spend much time in the South Hams and the boat's there! Milo72 is leavin' from Dorset so we are arranging to meet and would like to know who else is thinking of joining from this end. Perhaps a show of hands would be good. Graham
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Refueling

Just a thought are you guys going to have to refuel?
Perhaps you should prebook here before you come over.
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Old 06 March 2007, 06:22   #147
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Graham,

We haven't heard from the South West RIBsters for a while now with regards this thread. Can you do some digging around and see who's interested. It would be handy for me if someone down that part of the country did all the planning for the South West and then sent me all the details at a later date.

Regards Nick R.
Just to update you from this end...

Hoping to take my 2 boats with 6-7 pax each
I've also managed to get 1 other RIB with 3 or 4 pax to join us and I'm waiting to here back from another.
Hoping to meet with 'wetterthebetter' and 'spike'[?] somewhere in the outskirts of Lyme Bay.
Thats about it at the mo....
Guess we just keep reading the posts and stay in touch.
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Old 10 March 2007, 20:18   #148
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Just to update you from this end...

Hoping to take my 2 boats with 6-7 pax each
I've also managed to get 1 other RIB with 3 or 4 pax to join us and I'm waiting to here back from another.
Hoping to meet with 'wetterthebetter' and 'spike'[?] somewhere in the outskirts of Lyme Bay.
Thats about it at the mo....
Guess we just keep reading the posts and stay in touch.
Hi Milo72
Just to let you know i will still be there & will possably be bringing one other, i guess we should probably leave it a little longer to see if there are anymore takers down this end of dorset before making any meeting points, im happy just north of the shipping lanes (about half way across) but i expect we will run into each other before that as our transit lines wont be that far apart anyhow. Has anyone thought about a start time yet?
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Old 10 March 2007, 20:51   #149
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Just for information purposes.......
I have been to Alderny many times by boat with the wife & kids mooring up on the visitors cans by the lifeboat (you dont want to moor up near the entrance as if an easterly blows up there is a big swell & rafting RIBs together would cause big damage to each other out there) & im sure i have only ever been asked to fill out a yellow (bailywick of Gurnsey & Alderny) customs form, pay & show a passport (sometimes) then post the form into the post box at the customs office (top of the landing ramp). I will have a dig about & see if i can find one of the copys of the yellow forms to see if there is any info to help with (must have) paperwork to bring with us, but as long as your flying a red ensign & speak english i dont think they bother you to much from what i remember......
I would advise that we would want to get into Alderny as early as possable (yachts leave very early so cans become available) before lunch time if poss as the visitors cans get taken up very quickly by lots of yachts after lunch & it can get very busy that time of year at weekends.
If i find a form i will scan it in for all to read.
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Spike,

Thanks for the info regarding mooring cans and Yachts. Although this presents a little dilemma. Low tide for the saturday is at 1411 hrs. Therefore if we are going to unload numerous RIBs and refuel them and not get caught by a falling tide we need to think about arriving by the latest at 1200 hrs to give us one hour to replen etc. This might not be easy. Although we could leave the refuelling to the Sunday morning.
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