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Old 15 May 2016, 15:39   #1
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North Devon trip to Clovelly in the Aerotec

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Did a little 22mile round trip today - Appledore to Clovelly. Tides were very neap and sea state was calm so we broke the normal rule and crossed Bideford Bar at pretty much low tide:



Just a little bit of wind chop but very important to follow the channel carefully. We use Navionics HD on an old android tablet for navigating, I get on with it pretty well and it's a fun app to tinker with and plan trips.

Very calm - this was the typical sea state while crossing the bay



Calm days like this are not that rare on the north devon coast but they tend to arrive without much warning, just like the bad weather!

We crossed the bay in just over an hour, cruising at around 12mph.

Typical north devon coastline



One weekend this summer we'll camp on a secluded beach on this stretch. Most are inaccessible from the coast path, however Peppercombe and Bucks Mills can be accessed by car & foot.

Yours truly



Arriving at Clovelly. It really is the most stunningly beautiful village and arriving by boat means not having to pay the entry fee or parking fee, although you may be asked for harbour dues (we weren't).



Harbour entrance. The whole harbour looks like it was built in the stone age. Really unique.



Tide still a bit low so the wheels come in handy





There are easier ways to get to a pub but none so fun!







Shame to leave but need the last of the push to help us home

In fact the combination of a tailwind and the last of the push knocked 15 mins off our return journey. Need to see exactly how much fuel we've used as it was a good long trip with plenty of speed variations.

Looks like the calm weather is at an end for a while so glad we made the most of it. Next trip, unless it's the big one, will most likely be around the corner to Illfracombe. Watch this space!

Simon
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Old 15 May 2016, 15:54   #2
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Simon what great weather and a decent distance covered.

Looking at the pub table image... were you two adults one child?

Brilliant images.
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Simon what great weather and a decent distance covered.

Looking at the pub table image... were you two adults one child?

Brilliant images.
Yes, 2 adults and one child. Come to the conclusion that a 15 hp is ideal, 25 would be completely unnecessary for that weight, and to be honest I wouldn't want to go onto the open sea with any more than 3 adults or 2 adults/two children, which would be the only reason to get a bigger engine. The 420 is bigger but not by much.

The sea wasn't AS calm as we'd expected but it gave us a great day out. As a local surfer I always use the wave buoy data and surf forecast sites, they are pretty accurate these days.

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Old 15 May 2016, 16:06   #4
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>>>Yes, 2 adults and one child

In my opinion the perfect load and weight distribution for an Aerotec.

When our teen eventually stops coming out with us we'll be two plus small/medium dog which will be similary perfect!
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Great to see you and family enjoyed the day Simon. Lovely photos and report too..its nice to see other folks trips..so thanks for sharing your day with us
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Great report, what more could you want on a SIB day out, lovely.
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Looks fantastic! Can't wait to start venturing further afield and exploring new waters... I suspect my first foray out of the muddy shallows of the East will be on the Scottish SIB gathering... then Devon/Cornwall - Clovelly looks beautiful so we must make it a destination!
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Nice pics!...looks like a Great run
The Herring festival is worth taking in too...which We're hoping to do by Boat next time.
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There are many parts of this coastline we want to explore, it's just waiting for the perfect weather/tide window. For instance, all of the Exmoor coast is stunning with many hidden coves and beaches, but the further up the Bristol channel you go the more vicious the tides become, resulting in rough waters even if there isn't a breath of wind. Every headland has nasty overfalls to contend with unless its a nice small neap tide. But we will definitely do this stretch at some stage, perhaps as far as Porlock weir.
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There are many parts of this coastline we want to explore, it's just waiting for the perfect weather/tide window. For instance, all of the Exmoor coast is stunning with many hidden coves and beaches, but the further up the Bristol channel you go the more vicious the tides become, resulting in rough waters even if there isn't a breath of wind. Every headland has nasty overfalls to contend with unless its a nice small neap tide. But we will definitely do this stretch at some stage, perhaps as far as Porlock weir.
Have a nose around Lee Bay....one of the nicest spots I've ever been too!
All sand and perfect with a SIB!
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