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Old 01 December 2005, 04:34   #11
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OK lets's look at the sensible way to plan a trip to Cherbourg or the Channel Islands!

Assuming a Solent (or thereabouts - Carlo, can you confirm your planned depature point?), then it makes sense to top-up the tank at the last quayside fuelling point, so if you're heading out past the Needles, pop in to Yarmouth or Lymington to fill up. If going the other way, pop in to Portsmouth.

You now have a full fuel tank to start your journey with a more than adequate reserve. If your destination is Cherbourg, I would be tempted to avoid filling up there, and maybe take your own jerrycans, there are rumours that the fuel there isn't great quality. Worth asking people who've used the fuel facilities there. If your destination is Alderney, phone Mainbrayce Chandlers and let them know that you are coming. Plan to arrive before high water so that you can enter the inner harbour and use Mainbrayce's fuel filling device. You will need to carry the fuel from the petrol station, it's less than half a mile away. If you want any more information about re-fuelling at Alderney, drop me a PM. If your destination is Guernsey, you will have enough fuel, but plan to have the option to divert to Alderney.

It's easy and 150 litres is more than enough if you plan sensibly.

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Old 01 December 2005, 15:20   #12
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Thanks to all for the advice.

My sense is that 150ltr should be enough although I take your "better safe than sorry" point Simon. Maybe I'll take 40 or 50ltrs spare.
Thanks for all the other advice. Just what I was after.

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Old 05 March 2006, 07:42   #13
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Lobster Pots

Keep a keen eye out for lobster pots and old fishing net. We have picked up old net twice at the head of the Alderney Race.

Also, don't miss having a pint in the Divers, which is a very short walk from the inner harbour. Great pub! The yacht club has hot showers.

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