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Old 06 November 2002, 14:46   #1
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HOW ABOUT A TRIP TO........ Next Summer

I know that this may sound silly (my wife thinks so ) but I had another (of my not so briliant) idea
How about a trip from the UK by road to Greece (we can meet up with others on the way if that's the case) and cruise around the Aegean for 15 days or so by the end of August/beg September?? (ARE YOU MAAAAD??? , he said and YESSSS I replied )
I have done this trip with a trailer 5 times now in the last 7 years and is fun (so I think so any way).
Where shall we go.
Well we start from Cape Sounion (Lavrion and its little picturedque Port is the village 5 kms away with a slip at no charge) and then explore the islands of Makronisos, Kea, Kithnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and (Thira) Santorini (the furthest be 90 miles away or there abouts).
If any one is interested and is a crazy as I am please let me know in the forum.
I'm going on a biz trip for 2-3 weeks on Sunday and will be staying in Greece for a few days.
So if you are interested I can look around and make some inquiries about faies, MOST IMPORTANT COSTS, berth availiability (although not upsolutely necessary. I never use a marina in Greece) and finally accomodation (some may want to stay in a tent on the beach!!).
Michael the Bat may have also to add something to this.

And finaly the
BEST PART
WE CAN ALL PLAN THIS TOGETHER

What do you say Guys??

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Old 06 November 2002, 17:02   #2
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Sounds good - we usually trail to the southwest of France but this would really different! How long overland from Dover?
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Old 06 November 2002, 17:15   #3
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I'd love to. I was in a sailing regatta in Greece last year and would love to go back on a RIB, What a good idea
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Old 06 November 2002, 17:23   #4
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Hi folks

And now for the really mad bit

How long a trip would it be all the way by RIB
I know we could do the south coast in 1 day pushing it and 2 days in comfort but after than well ???.

Dont have a real idea but was just thinking if it would be possible in a resonable holiday time say three weeks including some crusing round Greece.

Just a though

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Old 06 November 2002, 17:41   #5
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Trailing boat

Alan

please can you give us some more info on how long it takes you to trailer to south of france, what boat / tow car

I would love to have use of my rib in somewhere hot

Manos

How long did it take you to trailer to greece !!!! again what boat / tow car

cheers
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Old 06 November 2002, 17:47   #6
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Brilliant idea, but think we would need to find a rib with an awning because its going to be hot, perhaps a camel boat then with a nice Optimax, hey Wavehumper?

Alan P would probably want to go by water afterall Monaco is only a 100 hours.

Manos seriously though whats the route through Euroland and how long does it take. How much for diesel and petrol ?

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Old 07 November 2002, 02:31   #7
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And now for the really mad bit

How long a trip would it be all the way by RIB
Di and I would be up for the whole run by RIB, Gary. Sounds good to me.
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Old 07 November 2002, 03:39   #8
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THANKS FOR THE RESPONCE GUYS!!

First of all I would like to thank you all for your responce (..and I thought I was the ONLY MAAAAD person here )

Reading all the comments I can reply as follows:

a. Trailling a RIB on Motor Ways in Europe one can do about 60 miles/hr no mre (is not safe). The trip involves crossing France and Italy (is the quickest route). The slow part is going over the Alpes (very nice senery) and via the Tunnel De FeJus to Torino. Then is all Motor Way to Ancona.
b. Time wise without russing it it will take 3 days to Ancona with two over night stops - usually I stop near St. Quentin (Ibis Hotel) and one at Chambery in Fance (Ibis Hotel) - NEVER stop in Italy. Finally 1 day crossing via ferry to Patras and 5 hrous drive to Cape Sounion where there is a small hotel (3 Star) with pool, air con, BAR!!! etc 100 mtrs from the beach where one can more his boat safely free of charge. Hotel prices for a 2-4 bed room Euro 40-50/night inc break fast (I think but we may get a discount if there too many of us)

NOW THE OTHER IDEA 'Sailing it to Greece'. It has crossed my mind too.
But I think is not going to be so enjoyable.

The reason, I use to have a sunseeker camargue (big boat 15mtrs) use to sail to Spain and Portugal. The crossings were never smooth and we always had one or the other problem.
I believe sailing from the UK to Greece coast by coast will be more than 3000 miles and at that time wind/weather is unpredictable. Also fuel costs will be astronomical and finally the hours you put on the engine and servicing etc. Don't forget this will be a hol NOT an endurance course and NOT a race either.
However, if people want to do it (and you think you are experienced enough to undertake it) go ahead but count me out. I'll meet you in Greece guys.
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Old 07 November 2002, 03:48   #9
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... and something else

While I'll be in Greece I'll take some photos of the placeand some of the islands (closest being 3 miles away from the main land) so you can see what is like.
Also if you are all serious about this we need to get together at some point and start planning it.
Look at what are the requiremnts for boating in Greek waters, plan the journey and have an itinerary for visiting (sailing) to places in Greece.
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Old 07 November 2002, 04:43   #10
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Fuel and Other Costs UK to Greece with a trailer

Fuel (I have a Daihatsy Fourtack TDL) and need about between 5-6 tanks of 40 ltrs diesel one way towing the boat. (Next year hopefully will have a 5 ltr Ford Explorer- Daihatsu tooooo noisy).
Prices for diesel in France and Italy betyween Euro 0.78-0.88 cents/ltr on the motor ways (or about 0.45-0.50p/litre max). Uleaded has the same price as diesel in Europe.
Tolls with a 7 mtr trailer are not than much may be 100 euros each way excluding Tunnel de Frejus at 45 euros each way.
Ferry crossings it depends on the deal we can strike with the Fast Ferries Line (they are high speed cats) and also depends on what cabin one wants to have lux, 1st, deck?? etc. Ferry crossing about 11 hours Ancona to Patras and is VERY COMFORTABLE.
Euro tunnel with a 7 mtr trailer will have to check again. Also here we may be able to strike a deal if we are a few together.
Ibis hotels 55 euros per night 2ble room exc breakfast in France at any Ibis hotel (Ibis is VERY Basic but clean and comfortable).
Hotel accomodation in Cape SOunion I have mentioned. But also on the islands is on the same levels as in Cape Sounion.
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