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Old 02 November 2007, 10:30   #31
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Few more of Micki Dee Bee, one day the sun will shine!

St Katherines is only about 30 for the night i believe.

Fuel really is an issue, we considered Queenborough on Sheppey as a refueling point - at high tide i'm pretty sure you can get right up the creek to the garage.

Whitsatble harbour is an option, tho its a car ride away to fill cans.

I'm sure there's plenty of folks on here would be able to contribute with info.

Definitely up for that trip Phil, as Nelson would be too (handy lifeboat connection!) Seeing Jon & Nelly tonight and we'll kick some ideas around. Would be happy to scout out some possible refuel points or provide a driver in the North Kent area.
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Old 02 November 2007, 11:05   #32
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Sounds like a great trip. I would be up for it.
We spoke about going up and doing an over night in the future.
Also we can show all the good places in Ramsgate to drink!!

There is fuel at Ramsage but as mentioned, as we found, you need to take petrol with you oh and a funnel!!!

We left with the tanks full (360ltr) took another 115 in cans.
In total we used all of that and another 40 on top, total 515 ish.

The total mileage was 152, was 70 from Ramsgate to Tower Bridge.

That works out to about 1.7 ltrs per engine per mile, this is a bit to cock as we spent a lot of time in the V berths up there in gear holding the boat in.

We also used more fuel being at 4k revs all the way there. we did this mainly as we had to be there for a meeting at 11 and wanted to ensure we were.
Having now done it we know we could have made it if we were at 3k revs....with time and fuel to spare.

We stopped at Whitstable on the way back to ensure we had more than enough fuel to get us home, which we did.

It was a great trip and we learnt alot from it all of which would be handy to know for the future.

As stated the view of London from the river if def not one to miss.
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Old 02 November 2007, 14:35   #33
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And there was me thinking the new suzukis sipped the fuel - ah well a great trip all the same!!!
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Old 02 November 2007, 14:53   #34
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Chichester To London

Count me in on the spring trip please sounds great fun .
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Old 02 November 2007, 16:53   #35
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Jon nice pics

The pics are great.
London looks best from the Water.
MDB looks fab up the Thames maybee we should bring the 10.5 to London for Boatshow by water..

Have you seen the new Ribcraft factory tours ? (JOKE)
TT2 is asking for a new coffee machine...

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Old 03 November 2007, 05:11   #36
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Dor,

Sounds like a great plan to me!
We can raz up the Thames at night during the show then!
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Old 03 November 2007, 05:14   #37
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Thanks for all the info, the plan then, will start a Cruising post in Feb with a view to plan a trip in April and see how it works out. Lets hope summer starts early again next year.
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