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Old 12 February 2011, 06:50   #261
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We could go there on the way back. Changing the subject, has anyone given anymore thought to how they're going to store stuff onboard? I'm leaning towards a lockable plastic storage box like this one: http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-8607.aspx

It's not 100% secure of course, but anyone who's determined to thieve from the boats will just take the whole box regardless of what type it is. Any thoughts anyone?
Cheep and cheerful but should at least last the trip. Similar size to what I'm looking at but me being me, I'll probably go for something a bit tougher and maybe get a cushion made to fit the top which would velcro on for a bit of extra seating.
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By the way, has anyone read on the "Going inSeine" article that quayside petrol is only available at Le Havre and Port d'Ilon? Everywhere else is by portage.
Although the article is fairly recent, with the amount of research we've done between us I'm confident there's more than that, I think they just didn't do their homework. Speaking only for myself, fuel at Le Havre, Rouen and Port D'ilon is enough for me to get by. The pump at Port St. Louis will be a handy one, I think we've got good proof it exists.
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I'll probably go for something a bit tougher...
Pelicase then? We do a good deal on the Pelis.

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... and maybe get a cushion made to fit the top which would velcro on for a bit of extra seating.
Oooh, does that mean the Witch can go too?
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Old 12 February 2011, 07:01   #263
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Pelicase then? We do a good deal on the Pelis.
Oooh, does that mean the Witch can go too?
I had the seat in mind more for 10kts in fresh water than 30 in the big stuff but of course she can!

No room onboard for broomsticks though
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Pelicase then? We do a good deal on the Pelis.
Pelis are great, I have three. A Note of Caution however, the plastic will quickly wear down if subjected to vibration on a rough surface, e.g. a painted non-slip deck. I know this
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No room onboard for broomsticks though
Surprised at ya!

From wiki: "
During World War II, American submarine crews would hoist a broom onto their boat's fore-truck when returning to port to indicate that they had "swept" the seas clean of enemy shipping. The tradition has been devalued in recent years by submarine crews who fly a broom simply when returning from their boat's shake-down cruise. This tradition no doubt stems from the action of the Dutch admiral Maarten Tromp, who in 1652 tied a broom to his main mast after defeating the British admiral Robert Blake, and claim that he would sweep the British from the seas. "
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Speaking only for myself, fuel at Le Havre, Rouen and Port D'ilon is enough for me to get by. The pump at Port St. Louis will be a handy one, I think we've got good proof it exists.
Are we certain there's quayside fuel at Rouen? If not, we'll waste most of the next morning carting '95 from the nearest garage. The good news is that B&Q now sell cheap collapsable trollies.
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Pelicase then? We do a good deal on the Pelis.
Not sure how big peli's go but these are worth a look as an alternative (http://www.dewarbrothers.com/lmenu/s...duct_range.asp) We use them from time to time for work. I think they are a bit cheaper than Pelis (but still enough to make you think carefully!). Martini will be pleased to hear that they are available in a range of military grey and green colours!
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Surprised at ya!
I think you underestimate the Martini. No space for unsophisticated brooms.... nothing less than a Bissell would do on his boat!
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Are we certain there's quayside fuel at Rouen? If not, we'll waste most of the next morning carting '95 from the nearest garage. The good news is that B&Q now sell cheap collapsable trollies.
Iron Stores Marine have got some fairly reasonable priced plastic fuel tanks. Think they were about 50l for 75. Fairly easy to strap down on deck and also trolleyable to the pompe. Matt had a good idea of using one of the spare inlet ports on the filter/water separator to take a fuel line from a portable tank to save having to decant into the built in tank. Would involve a bit of plumbing and some valves, but not a bad idea to get an extra 80k's 'mileage'.
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Are we certain there's quayside fuel at Rouen? If not, we'll waste most of the next morning carting '95 from the nearest garage.
There's a 'fuel' barge at PK 239 mentioned in a few places inc the french-waterways.com website, although no mention of what fuel exactly.

Also the Fluviacarte (2010) shows quayside fuel at Villetard (PK 242) "Go Super" I take to mean super unleaded.
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