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Old 01 November 2003, 13:00   #1
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From U.K. to Norway by rib in April 2004

We plan to go from U.K. to Norway next spring with a 9m.rib. Who has done it before us, and what should we think about?
Martin
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Old 01 November 2003, 15:17   #2
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You can look on the thread crazy trip under rib gallery, search for it there or try this link.

Crazy trip

You can also look at these 2 links, drove the whole Norweigan coast, Kirkenes to Oslo.

Norways coast

Norways coast 2
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Old 02 November 2003, 17:24   #3
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Hi Martin

Their was a group went from the IOM a few years ago that was covered in RIB International very well.

Think it was a couple of years ago and was called Odins Ravin I think.

I will try and find the issue number but of you want a photocopy drop me a PM and I can send to you.

Where are youmplanning to go to/from as sounds like a interesting trip.

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Old 02 November 2003, 19:36   #4
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They did it in a Delta, 8.5 I think. I heard they took fright and didn't return in the rib.
Not trying to discourage you in anyway though.

I know the guy who sold the rib. He rekons it wasn't the best of boats. Gearygee, you may know him. He used to be based at Troon Marina.
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Talk to Allen C (Corlett) who occasionally posts hereabouts. He was on the IOM crew that did the trip IIRC.
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Exciting crossing. Does this mean you have finally selected your new rib or is it going to be a Scorpion
Whichever congratulations on your purchase?

Have you decided on the port of departure?

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Old 04 November 2003, 05:08   #7
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Martin,

Alan is quite right, I can help you with this - I thought I sent you a pm about it last week actually.

But anyway, I was one of a team of five who took an 8.5m Delta from the Isle of Man to Trondheim in June/July 2000.

The purpose of this trip was to replicate in reverse (if that's possible) the Odin's Raven expedition of 1989, when four of our crew had been part of the Manx/Norwegan crew that rowed a replica viking longship from Trondheim to Peel in the Isle of Man.

Contrary to jwalker's comment, because we planned to make all the stops that Odin's Raven made, the trip was obviously going to take much longer than it would have done had we scheduled the route at rib speed. So to make best use of our available time we planned to freight the boat back and fly home ourselves. Our skipper, Nigel Wood, actually flew his family out to Trondheim for a few days boating in the Fjord after we deckhands had flown home!

Although I wasn't involved in buying the boat, it was passed off as being set up for a trip to Iceland - clearly not the case as it turned out! Although the Delta is a big lump of a boat and served us very well, the fuel tank was tiny, and as a result we had to carry fuel on deck and even refuel at sea once! A fair bit of work had to be done to it to make it fit for the voyage.

We made a number of stopovers on the west coast of Scotland followed by Kirkwall, Fair Isle, Lerwick and then overnight across the North Sea to Bergen. Then Moloy, Alesund and Trondheim. The weather was pretty crappy all the way which saw us either in the bad weather or trying to keep ahead of it. We only had one really nice day which we spent drifting and drinking between Iona and Staffa.

We had good coverage in either a late 200 or an early 2001 edition of Rib International.

The trip is quite straightforward as long as you have a suitable boat, the right weather, and of course you are personally capable of it.

I'm very happy to give you what help I can, just let me know.

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Martin

Exciting crossing. Does this mean you have finally selected your new rib or is it going to be a Scorpion
Whichever congratulations on your purchase?

Have you decided on the port of departure?

Andre
The Scorpionguys are working full time trying to find a better slottime for the delivery. And I will let them do that a little bit more to see what they can come up with.
About the trip:
I have found a very good navigator and he is more than willing to take the trip. We have to see what we can do, but the first plan is to test the boat for two days where we pick it up, have a service taken and then have the boat sent by car up to some place north of U.K.
We will then go to Bergen and finally up to my hometown, Trondheim.



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But anyway, I was one of a team of five who took an 8.5m Delta from the Isle of Man to Trondheim in June/July 2000.


I'm very happy to give you what help I can, just let me know.

Cheers

Allen
Hi, Allen!
I am so sorry that I missed your first mail!
Thank you for responding.
When everything is certain, which boat ot by where etc. I will definately take advantage of your experiance and knowledge.
Have a nice day!
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You're welcome.

What size Scorpion are you after?

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