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Old 25 June 2004, 14:33   #11
Country: UK - England
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sorry mate i was talking about off the essex and kent coast knock john is about 14 miles off kent i don,t know any think about around the island
but it sounds a good ride if i can make but i am sure you would be wellcome one of our sub five meter runs phil davies brother came with a Bombard Sib
with a 30HP on the back which was very good boat as you say they are very good

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Old 25 June 2004, 15:52   #12
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I'm definitely up for a trip around the IoW this summer - let me know when you've got a date fixed. I think France may be a tad ambitious unless we requisition a support boat and experienced crew. Alderney sounds excellent, but again preferably in the company of a support boat. If Daniel TD5 and Bilge Rat come, we'll need a 7m RIB to carry the provisions anyway

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Old 25 June 2004, 16:13   #13
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Alderney or Cherbourg would be OK as long as you planned well and take a number of things into consideration - weather window (p'raps consider sending a big boat out first for a look?) and fuel requirements. Alderney is good for camping (do you plan to carry tents, etc? ), and has duty free, Cherbourg better for, err, well just being French! I would suggest not combining the two as the water between Alderney and Cherbourg is quite treacherous.

When planning for the weather window, look at a site like where they use a Cray Supercomputer to model the predicted pressure and wind patterns - they are remarkably accurate.

Remember that you're quite a commitment once you're offshore - we did some radio and mobile tests a few weeks ago, and found that mobile or VHF coverage both only stretch about 10 miles out. Because the Coastguard mount their antennas on hilltops and broadcast at high power, you can hear them when they can't hear you (mind you, I think we only tested at "low" power).

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