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Old 22 February 2011, 16:40   #331
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Just a few thoughts after my trip to Avranches at the weekend: (i) Night sailing in a rib is pretty desperate; we'd do well to avoid it if we can, (ii) the idea of sleeping on the rib after a long day is a complete non-starter; I was cold and knackered after just 50nm and all I wanted was a shower, food and a warm bed. (iii) In the afternoon I walked from the centre of Avranches to the Grouin du Sud at the mouth of the estaury. The round trip was 12 miles and I was on death's door by the time I got back. This would be the equivalent of having to fill a 225 litre fuel tank from a garage a mile away using two jerry cans; a nightmare scenario, believe me.
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Old 23 February 2011, 04:07   #332
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(i) Night sailing in a rib is pretty desperate
(ii) the idea of sleeping on the rib after a long day is a complete non-starter
(iii) the equivalent of having to fill a 225 litre fuel tank from a garage a mile away using two jerry cans
Night passages are ok, but they need a very different approach.

Sleeping on a RIB does sound bad, I have done camping by boat which is fun but not as part of a 9 day trip.

Carrying fuel is ok if you have the luxury of time, by all accounts we wont so it would indeed be a nightmare situation.
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Old 23 February 2011, 06:17   #333
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Sleeping on a RIB does sound bad
Depends on the RIB

Pardon me for intermeddling in your plans, but it sounds to me like one of you lads needs to shoot over there some weekend and take a shufti at the facilities. That or get on the blower to the local Marcels and see what your options are.
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Old 23 February 2011, 06:26   #334
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one of you lads needs to shoot over there some weekend and take a shufti at the facilities.
Oooo, road trip!
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Old 23 February 2011, 06:26   #335
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Night

Video taken last night on my way back in to harbour.

Not much to see as it was pitch black. Sea state was moderate, it was nice to see the lights of the harbour come in to view.
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Pardon me for intermeddling in your plans, but it sounds to me like one of you lads needs to shoot over there some weekend and take a shufti at the facilities.
Where's the fun in that. Spoil the excitement and anticipation of the trip. Already tried emailing them anti-ros bifs, but they've changed their addy and I couldn't get through.
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Still working on coming: received my ICC with inland waters endorsement today!

ATIS installed in radio and have also printed off the Basel Agreement as required for ATIS use.

Just need permission now
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Still working on coming: received my ICC with inland waters endorsement today!

ATIS installed in radio and have also printed off the Basel Agreement as required for ATIS use.

Just need permission now
Nice one Avocet. Funnily enough, I received my CEVNI-endorsed ICC today as well. I'm still waiting for my ATIS number from Ofcom though. By the way, just keep nagging your other half; she'll cave in eventually.
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Nice one Avocet. Funnily enough, I received my CEVNI-endorsed ICC today as well. I'm still waiting for my ATIS number from Ofcom though. By the way, just keep nagging your other half; she'll cave in eventually.
That's what I'm working on!

For ATIS, I applied online through OFCOM on the Monday and got their reply with confirmation of the number (your MMSI with a 9 in front) the next day together with the Notice of Variation. It's then just a matter of printing off the Notice of Variation (of which I've laminated a further copy since a paper one won't last five minutes on the boat!) and I've saved an electronic copy on the computer.

The radio went to ICOM and was then returned by them about ten days after (it would have been quicker but the radio needed some additional work as well).

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I've just phoned the marina at Port d'Ilon. We can buy petrol there (95 octane, not 98) with a credit card but only during opening hours; i.e., no 24hr self service. They recommend we give them a few days notice of our arrival so they can make sure they have enough petrol in their tanks. I said we may need up to 1,000 litres.
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