Rib Cruise from Poland to Littlehampton 27th April - 2 May 2011
A few weeks ago I mentioned on another thread that I was planning to bring my next demo rib to the UK all the way by sea from Poland.
Well I am pleased to say that a time table has been set and it is a GO.
The rib known as “Black Magic” is an all Black Parker 650 powered by Cummins QSD 2.0 170HP with the Bravo One drive. The navigation equipment from Simrad ie the NX45 but I may change to the latest NSE12. I am also having AIS installed so we can be tracked on line.
I will be joined on this cruise by my friends Steve G & Mike C. Mike is only going to do the first two legs of the trip and leave us at the exit of the Kiel Canal.
We will all fly out to Berlin on Tuesday 26 April and then travel to Szczecin, Poland. The rib will have arrived by the morning of Wednesday 27th and after a good shake down we will set out for Germany. The factory will have clocked up the first 20 engine hours on the local lake and done the first service.
The idea is to take the inland waterway route from Szczecin to Der Strom, Peenemunde and across the sea to Stahlbrode then to the Kiel Canal. On Friday 29th April at the exit of the Kiel we will hopefully meet up with Jan (DNV) and say our goodbyes to Mike. From there Steve and myself will head for Helgoland , Norderney, Den Helder, Ijmuiden, Breskens, Dunkerque, Calais, Dover and Littlehampton. We will later move “Black Magic” to Southampton Dry Stack.
If the weather is good to us then we should arrive Littlehampton Monday 2 May late in the afternoon. HW is after 5PM so we should aim for that.
Once the cruise has been completed I will post some photos and advise of fuelling stops, fuel consumption, speeds, legs, hotels and marinas on route. I have already prepared a very comprehensive route plan and the only uncertain thing so far is the weather. I have even managed to obtain the mobile tel number to the fuel man on the isle of Norderney.
The distance which we will cover is about 750Nm