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Old 19 August 2007, 16:52   #1
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Taking Rib To Europe

Hi all,

A couple of Summer's ago we took our RIB to Lake Garda and had a fab couple of weeks. We stayed in a mobile home on a campsite on the shores of the lake and the campsite had it's own mooring bouys - perfect.......we'd like to do something similar next year, doesn't have to be Italy, wouldn't mind France, Switzerland or Spain but would really like the boat to be close to the campsite even if it's in a marina. Our main criteria for next year other than making sure the boat and trailer are safe is that the campsite has enough going on for the kids who will be 15 and 13. Whilst the campsite in Lake Garda was great a couple of years ago, our kids would be bored rigid next year as there was just nothing going on in the evenings for them.

So.......to cut it short, our needs are - campsite with mobile homes, somewhere nearby that is safe for boat and trailer and facilities on campsite to keep teenagers amused. We're not asking for much i know.....

Any suggestions would be gratefully received

Cheers,
Roger & Cleone
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Old 21 August 2007, 06:42   #2
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have a look at the French Atlantic coast Les Sables D'Olonne , La Rochelle , Royan

I haven't used a campsite but know there are a lot around and the boating is good
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Old 22 August 2007, 03:46   #3
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You could try the Bay of Rosas in Spain
In the bay I know there is at least one campsight on the beach right next to the Empuriabrava harbour enterance. If you want to keep your boat afloat most moorings are privately owned so you could try renting a villa with their own water frontage.
There is lots in the area to keep teenagers on the go, water parks, go-carting, windsurfing, parachiting, shops, etc. The resorts round there a quite bustling in season.
I think you have a 7m Ribcraft so you can explore Cadaques, Cap de Creus and on towards the French border. Diving and fishing is popular round there.
Let me know if you want more info.

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Old 22 August 2007, 04:11   #4
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The problem with Les Sables D'Olonne, La Rochelle, etc ... is that the coast is exposed without any little creeks to moor a boat in. You'rd either have to go to one of the islands where there is little night life or leave the boat in a harbour. A better bet is further up the coast around Le Croisic or Piriac but the weather has been so bad this year I wouldn't suggest it to anyone.
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Pablo , I agree that the swell can make things difficult but I kept my rib in Les Sables marina and at Les Minimes La Rochelle; easy launch if you want to do it daily or not so expensive in the water

If the weather is bad then forget it - one year we never really got out the whole week
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Old 22 August 2007, 05:59   #6
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Sorry, I thought the idea was to leave the boat in the water close to the campsite. I go to Les Sables most weekends as the fishing is great !

If anybody comes over with a very serious RIB theres a spot 40 miles out that has loads of bass and bonitos but I don't yet have a boat thats up to going there
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Old 22 August 2007, 13:40   #7
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Thanks all, some interesting ideas there. Will look into some of the areas mentioned.
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What also could be interesting in the summer is, the Limfjorden in Denmark.
I have not been there yet, but it is supposed to be very beautiful there with lots
of islands you can visit and were you can camp. So it would be more like an island hopping trip. I am sure that there must also be interesting nightlife somewhere... the Danish also like to party
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