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Old 19 April 2004, 17:02   #11
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Unfortunately I will be away in July with the family exploring France Germany and ultimately Lake Garda (where I hope to hire a RIB)

I went to Normandy last week by ferry and the following may help :-

1. Le Havre
all tide all weather port but the refuelling pontoon appears to dry out- not a major problem because the pontoon is linked to the garage on the road above

2.Honfleur
tidal lock but not to be missed.It is twee ,i is touristy but there is nothing to beat having your RIB in the innner harbour enjoying some fruit de mer .I managed to get the Humber under the road bridge out of raising times which helps in getting a berth

3.Deauville /Trouville
tidal ;petrol is available at the far end of the port de plaisance in Trouville but not on the bassin itself. From what I saw portage in cans would be straight
forward if you can get into the inner basin

4.Oiustreham
a ferry port all tide access but entrance to the marina is through locks and I was unable to confirm the petrol availabilty - you can at least tie up to a waiting pontoon outside the locks

5.Couselles Sur Mer
tidal ;I could not find a nearby petrol station

6.Port en Basssin
see Shell Channel pilot re. mooring again a near petrol station was not obvious

7.Grandcamp Maisy
tidal - Fuel not more than 100 metres from harbour in cans;Shell Pilot is un complmentary but I think the restaurants are ok plus it is a 3/ 4 point across the Baie

8.St. Vaast
another no miss although tidal and the approach looks worse on the charts than in reality.Dine and stay at the Cafe de Port if possible

9.Cherbourg

Petiol on the dock;everything else available. lots of UK raggies

Essentially the Baie is about 75/80 miles across and most ports are tidal so you have to time it right

Going north from LeHavre /Honfleur there is nothing in petrol on the
dock.Fecamp is relativly ok, Dieppe and Boulgne are painful (taxi / 20 minute walk)


But go to Dieppe - it has fine restaurants and reasonable hotels and is all weather all tidal


Please ask if there is anythng else I can help on
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Old 19 April 2004, 17:21   #12
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Helpful is a huge understatment. I have, of course, extracted a huge amount of infomation from the Almanac but nothing beats firsthand experience Shame you can't join me for any of this.
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Old 19 April 2004, 18:22   #13
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8.St. Vaast
another no miss although tidal and the approach looks worse on the charts than in reality.Dine and stay at the Cafe de Port if possible
Le Café du Port is OK but you really want to stay at the Hotel de France. Even if you don't stay there, you want to eat at its restautant Les Fuschias.

Fécamp is a handy stop with easy access, reasonable restaurants and the Benedictine Distillery. Don't know about fuel there though.

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If I may add my two euro's worth:

Honfleur: From what I recall fuel has to be obtained in cans from a garage at the end of a 1 mile up-hill walk. Try & "borrow" a trolley from the local supermarche.

Caen/Oiustreham: Very nice restaurants on the opposite side of the canal from the marina further into the town from the ferry port.

Grandcamp Maisy: Check access times carefully - An amazing view of the approach channel at low water when you are in there!!!

St. Vaast: A "must visit" and would agree with the Cafe du Port. Have to disagree with JK on Les Fuishias though - very expensive and a menu in English???

Cherbourg: Try Les Routiers for large portions of basic good food. Beware the grande pression in the yacht club - headache material. Brilliant showers.

Ormonville: There was a superb restaraunt there a few years back - in fact the only one.

and then onto Alderney........
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John the petrol station in Fecamp is no more than a few minutes walk from the marina.
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For info, this thread was started in 2003, so my RIB road-trip for 'next year' is for this year - 2004.
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Old 27 April 2004, 02:04   #17
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no one else with a 5.5 --> 7.5 open RIB fancy this?
Sounds a great plan Daniel!!!! Good luck.

Not for us at 5.05 ('the sea's so wide & our boat is so small'...Breton Fisherman's Prayer...)

There is (was?) a nice little 'caff' at Honfleur (La Chaloupe) where they serve ships.

i.e. sausage & ships (they had 'mussels with ships' too) or even incredibly
'a plate of ships' !!!!!!!!!!!!

The 'plate of ships' was really good value...only 20F....(old money!!!!)

Not sure if they do RIBS nowadays!!!!!!!

(I confess I nicked the menu !)

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