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Old 27 November 2005, 10:35   #1
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Cross-Channel Trip

Hi there,

I am planning a trip across the Channel for the first time next Spring. Can anyone advise me on the following:

My insurance states that I need to have an auxiliary o/b for such a trip. I am trying to avoid paying a fortune for an engine for what might (unlikely but possible) turn out to be a one-off trip. My RIB is 6.5m with a single Yamaha F150. I considered buying an 8HP Yamaha 2 Stroke but it seems a good one costs 450+. Is it possible to hire such things or should I part with the cash? Any other suggestions welcome. My intention is probably to go with another boat (7.5m - 2xYamaha 200 HPDI) for company.

The other question is destination. Cherbourg is straightforward but maybe not very interesting. Would I be pushing it to try the Channel Islands? I have a 150ltr tank.

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Old 27 November 2005, 12:18   #2
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Carlo, lots of threads on Channel crossings, he is one from this summer.

To St. Malo and Beyond - July 2005

send rogue Wave a pm, he has a newish 10 hp merc aux which I am sure he would lend at a cheap rate rather than buying one just for the trip.

I would think 150L should get you to Guernsey but Alderney has fuel if you need it. You need to plan the trip with your mpg figure in mind


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Old 27 November 2005, 12:39   #3
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Thanks Pete

Thanks for that Pete. Much appreciated.
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If you are going to Cherbourg you will need to refuel in mid channel.
Just make sure you have a safe way of refueling because trying to pour fuel in a swell is no joke
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Old 30 November 2005, 15:34   #5
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Hi Roy,

Surely with 150ltr on board I should be able to get there without refuelling (or is there no petrol in C'bourg?).
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Carlo there is petrol in Cherbourg near the Harbourmaster's (Capitainerie) as far as Paul recalls


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Hello. firstly probably wouldnt risk channel isla nds on 150 litres nor if you are not that confident on nav as very rocky area.

With regards to cherbourg I have been their many times and their is fuel and a good wine shop in the town.

If you go their think what entrance to use. Their is the west and east entrance, the east can get busy with commercial shipping.

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Err, umm...

I've done Southampton-Alderney-Southampton (without refuelling) on my 270 litre tank with comfortable reserve. In shitty weather. I used less than 200 litres for the round trip.

150 litres will get you one way with no problem at all
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150 litres will get you one way with no problem at all
Agreed, 150L is loads of fuel.

Simon, why do you think 150L wont' get you across to Alderney its only 58 miles from the Noodles ? and Guernsey another 30.

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I wasnt meaning Alderney. Yes it is the distance you say from the Needles but he wont be leaving from the needles. So add about another 15 Miles say from the Hamble would equal 105 NMs to Guernsey, then add another 25% of fuel to be on the safe side does not really leave alot in the tank. Better to be safe than sorry.
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