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Old 12 April 2004, 23:12   #21
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what would the availability of petrol be like for this kind of trip? And how much would it cost in Iceland?
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Old 14 April 2004, 11:29   #22
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Not sure about either question to be honnest !

What boat and engine(s) do you have ?

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Old 15 April 2004, 05:42   #23
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Hi folks

Looks like their is four of us to date.
Hopefully more, but four is a nice number to provide cover etc.

Like Mark I am not in favor of forming a "committiee" as this often never happen when done this way.

Is suggest we allocate specific area to people to sortout, i.e. fuel & provisions could go to one person, route plannning another, harbours & berthing somone else etc. Maybe draw up a list of jobs and allocate out.

This way we can all help plan but not fall into the plan by committee pit.

What do people think ?.

May also be nice to see if we can get some cruises toghther before the trip to see how things go, typical speeds in a group etc.

Where is everyone based, i am in Fleetwood in NW.

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Old 15 April 2004, 10:32   #24
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Guys (and girls) I think you are over reacting to what may or may not be required for this trip.

Having organised many long distance trips my strong suggestions are

1. You set a series of waypoints from each departure harbour to each arrival harbour and make your own way there. If anyone goes on the missing list it is very easy to retrace the route after identifying where they were last seen.
Running in a group is hard work and NEVER works out.

2. Go to any search engine on the web, type in the harbour and what you require and it will be up in front of you before you know it.

3. The most important thing is you all have the same aims and objectives which is to get to Iceland.

4. Dont forget you will have 24 hours of daylight so you can pick you wetaher window a lot better.

5. Elect ONE leader.

6. DONT underestimate the North Atlantic!!!!! It can be abitch on a good day!!!!
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Old 15 April 2004, 12:18   #25
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Planning !!!

I'm with Alan on the orgainisation side of things. Most planning needs to be done in your head preparing your boat for what can go wrong and how to make the journey as enjoyable/comfortable as possible.


On this forum ,”bogib” , has kindly offered to help on the Iceland side of things. “Allen” from the IOM who will be doing the trip as well has contacts in the Faroe Islands so from my point of view the ports where language local knowledge are an issues are covered.


Both Allen and Alan and possibly others have been to the Shetlands a number of times before and I know from looking in my Almanac and on the internet what facilities are available.


Even with very good weather the leg from the Faroe Islands to Iceland ( 300 miles )will be 10 hours so having crew who can drive your boat in all conditions will be essential.

From an organising viewpoint I’m happy to run with things although I know “Allen” has probably done some work in that area already. I not the most experienced amongst us but the route is reasonably simple and shouldn’t require to many waypoints other than for contingency planning.
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Old 15 April 2004, 12:23   #26
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Starting , from the North of Scotland, around the Monday 13th June 2005 would suit me. I will start from Poole in enough time to get up there.

If you are planning on making this trip please let me know if this date is ok for you and any constraints you have so we can work things out.

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Hi folks

Sound like things are covered.
My main concern was availability of fuel in scotland & the fareos.
With my fuel range I would need almost a full fill at the Faeroes each way.
But with local people willing to help (thanks) this makes life much easier.

Anyway a question on the date.

How long are people planning to take from scotland/stay in Iceland.

I can take holidays as & when from work so am OK most of the time but will need to know time I will need off so I can book it before knowing 100%.

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so having crew who can drive your boat in all conditions will be essential.
Now my boat is far from up to this trip but i can do that... and even though i've never met any of you i'd love to join in if anyone needs a competent crew...
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Regarding fuel prices in Iceland the ltr of petrol cost around 72 p and the ltr of diesel around 31 p.

Both fuels are easily available in ports and we can even arrange special discount and support from one of the fuel companies, that I will check with at later stage and as planning goes on.

As Alan mentioned during summer we have 24 hours of daylight and therefore evening / night cruising is not a problem as you heads towards Fareos.

Proposed activities on what to do in Iceland is under way and I will bring that with me to the RIB forum in IOW in June along with bunch of brochures on Iceland.

If you have any enquires you can send me PM or ask here on the forum.

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Local info on the North of Scotland

I grew up and used to live in Kylesku, so the area from Ullapool to Kinlochbervie is 'home' to me, in fact my boat is still there though I now live in Hull. I'd love to xome with you but don't think I'd have the time, or a rib for that matter the way things are going! But if I can help you in any with info on NW Sutherland, fuel, accommodation etc. then please let me know. If I'm around I'd be happy to help you all out in any way I can so post your plans!

Have you realised that Stornoway and Lochinver are only about 25NM further from the Faroes than Shetland, and KLB less than that? Of course you probably want to go to Shetland and Orkney, been to both and had a good time!

For now;

Petrol and road diesel available at a petrol station in Ullapool, 50yds from slipway (free) at high tide. This slipway is possible but tight for larger trailers, especially if the yacht club boats are not in the water. Red diesel available by locak tanker only. Safeway in village, other shops.

Lockinver - Petrol from petrol station 20 - 30 yards from beach at high tide, red diesel available in bulk at fishery pier (200m3 per hour if you want it!) Local shops, mainly commercial chandlery. Also some pontoon moorings. Steep slipway.

Kinlockbervie - not sure about petrol station as I haven't been there for a long time, but diesel available as per lochinver. There was talk of the council putting pontoon moorings in here to but don't know if it's happened yet. Again not sure if there's a slipway or not, can't remember. It's a bit out of the way for me to be honest.

The best slipway in the area is at Kylesku, a good wide slip and not too shallow either. A small quiet village (with a pub!), and if there's only a couple of vehicles and trailers then parking should be ok too. It's on Boatlaunch.

Hope this is of some interest, and maybe I'll see some of you as you pass through. You never know, I may manage to get a boat and come with you!

Last point, any petrol boats buy your fuel in Inverness at Tesco or Safeway if you're trailing up, you'll save 10p per litre. You've been warned! Directions if you want them....

This really is the last point, if anyone wants it I'll get you contact details for the local fuel distributor - a tanker of diesel!
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