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Old 06 February 2006, 14:30   #1
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Balearics August 2006

I have been investigating the possibility of trailering my 5.5 metre Bombard down to North Eastern Spain and ribbing over the the Balearics for a couple of weeks in August. Launching at the closest set off points gives around 60 miles to Ibiza. The trip costs are coming out at around 600.00 ferry, fuel and tolls, so quite acheivable on my budget.


My main concern is the mainland to island hop (and back again) with a single engined rib, and I am posting this thread to see if anybody else either is, or has, considered doing this trip. Once on the islands I would feel more confident in making passages alone. My plan is to take a couple of light tents and check into a hotel for a night or two every now and then.

Nothing yet set in stone, but if it starts to smell good, I will give it a bit more attention, possibly even taking my bike down for a long weekend to recce up some secure parking etc.

So, post yer stuff if you can help with some experience, or reply if you are interested in joining me.

PS 1st post this year so happy new one!!

Doug
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Old 08 February 2006, 15:41   #2
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We hope to be in Brittany Doug but great to read of your exciting plans.

And many happy returns

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Watch out for the mistral winds and very dense fog that can occur very quickley in the med.

Do a search on here for foreign cruising, this will give you an idea of paperwork, preperation etc.
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Old 10 April 2006, 17:38   #4
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update

Getting quite excited now:

Return ferry booked from Dover to Calais 27th July out return 11th August
Cost 114.00

Was not comfortable with 60 mile + journey on a single engine so booked a return ferry (with cabin) from Barcelona to Palma
Cost 571.00

Following family conference !! have also booked two weeks in a privately let apartment in Pollensa (secure parking as well)
Cost 950.00

SSR number sorted
2 x Certificates of Competance sorted

Now all that remains is an MOT test on the Disco, however you can see daylight through the rear floor so this may be the hardest part!

Doug, family and Ribbit
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Sounds like great fun.
Id love to take the boat to spain, and leave it there over the winter, that way we can fly over on cheesy-jet for 15 while its cold and orrible here and have a nice week sunny boating!
Ill properly get more use out of it then over here while it spends all winter in the garage.
keep a eye out for any cheap dry storage over there on your sunny travels!

By the way, my disco passed the mot with holes in the rear boot floor. Apparently its not structual as it has a chassis. may have just got lucky.

Good luck.
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This is something I would love to do have been to Ibiza 5 times in the last 8 years.... and have tried to hire a boat out there several times - but you have to be 25+ !

I could possibly be convinced to go if I can find a boat buddy (that can drive/tow my boat - as I dont have a licence )
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depeding on work i'd be up for it
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Sounds good to me!

Theres plenty to do on and around ibiza.

Formentara is a nice place to visit from ibiza mainland... also its an awesome night out in ibiza town... not the clubs, just the night life around it - lots of "street acts" going on... also its a great place for snorkling, lots of wrecks up by es cana.... also, theres a lot of places of interest in easy reach of the coast to see, like the hippy market at es cana. There also a walk through caves which is worth a look. Plenty of good food (and good beer!)
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Cheers for the Formentara info. Last time I was there, the place was deserted except for 30 or so hippys living naked on the beach!!! Something for my kids to wite about when they get back to school though...

Disco passed mot with a hole in the floor big enough to put your leg through but because it was 'not in the a pescribed area' all is OK!

Off to begin negotiations with insurance company now, will keep you informed

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Anyone interested in doing the ibiza voyage next year?

Stay for a week or two, like I said in previous plenty to see there, and its hot!
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