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Old 19 January 2006, 06:05   #11
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Hi there,

I am new a Ribnet, but it seems as if there is a bunch of competent people posting here.

Does anybody know how it is to cross the channel, from Dover to Calais? Are the marinas where You can launch and retrieve boats? Is it difficult waters to sail? My plan is, to buy a boat in Uk, have it transfered to Dover, drive my car and trailer to Calais, take the ferry to Dover and cross the Channel to the waiting car and trailer.

Can that be done without to much trouple?

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Hi Henrik,

I would recommend taking your car & trailer on the ferry. It’s not that expensive and launching at Dover and crossing the channel is not worth all the difficulties, just to save a few Euros.

Unless of course you want to cross in your boat for fun – in which case that a different matter – but you may be best doing it once you know the boat better!

Launching can be done at Dover slip – I do it in my 6.3 Humber…. But it’s the ‘Slipway from Hell’. Very narrow with a wall on one side and a drop on the other. Only about 15 cm from the trailer tyre to the edge on mine! So whoever is going to launch your boat may not be too keen!

The crossing can be flat calm or VERY rough. Being narrow, there are strong currents so in a wind against tide situation it can be very nasty – particularly an Easterly wind. Having said that I have crossed in millpond conditions! The main problem is the number of ships using the channel. I have hardly ever done it without having to ‘give way’ to a vessel in the TSS. And don’t forget about the TSS (Traffic Separation Scheme). You MUST cross this at 90 degrees… and allegedly they DO watch you on Radar! And don’t forget to get compulsory VHF clearance before you leave Dover Harbour.

So, yes it can be done. It’s a great place to cross – done it many times for both day trips and overnight stops - but probably not the best place to try out a new boat!

Unless you really want to just for fun, check out the ferry prices till you know your new boat better.

Mike C
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Old 19 January 2006, 08:10   #12
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Rouge: Hmmmm, I do acctually need a chef!!

It is a new engine, Verado 275 on a Tornado 8,5m.... A long continously ride must be a nice break in of the engine?

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Old 19 January 2006, 08:16   #13
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I can't pay you more than 150 kwid a month to take her, But she is an excellent Chef (complete with temprament)

Is the tornodo coming from the factory in Hull. Why don't you just run it around the coast for 40 miles the day before.!
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Old 19 January 2006, 08:18   #14
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Thanks. If it was not for the fun, then it would be easier for me to take the ferry Esbjerg (DK) - Harwich, drive to London, pick the boat up and back the same way. Expensive ferry, but I will save 1500km. But there is a few rules about moving a 7,5+m boat with the ferry...

Vhf, how do get that permit?

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Old 19 January 2006, 08:25   #15
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It´s in North London to get the engine fitted, so thats where I pick it up, or they transfer it on at trailer do Dover...

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Old 19 January 2006, 08:46   #16
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Mike C:

Thanks. If it was not for the fun, then it would be easier for me to take the ferry Esbjerg (DK) - Harwich, drive to London, pick the boat up and back the same way. Expensive ferry, but I will save 1500km. But there is a few rules about moving a 7,5+m boat with the ferry...

Vhf, how do get that permit?

Henrik
Henrik,
My boat is 7,75m, and on the trailer ofcourse longer, and I had no difficulty what so ever to put it on the ferry. That is Sea France, and that is realy cheap.
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Old 19 January 2006, 08:53   #17
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Thanks Mark,

Well, it could be a nice experience to croos the Channel, but if its to much trouple, I´ll pay whatever it will cost, to take the Esbjerg - Harwich...

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Old 19 January 2006, 15:17   #18
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I can't pay you more than 150 kwid a month to take her, But she is an excellent Chef (complete with temprament)

Is the tornodo coming from the factory in Hull. Why don't you just run it around the coast for 40 miles the day before.!
Rogue i'm living in a B&B in Newbury at the moment so i'd be happy to take her for 150 kwid a month, for 200 i'll even rent you my 4.7 for the month so you can relive the glory days
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Old 19 January 2006, 15:43   #19
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she's more than a match for gArfie

what's the address......It's 200 kwid month to take her back though!
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Old 19 January 2006, 21:09   #20
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Vhf, how do get that permit?

Henrik

You will need to do a VHF course and pass a test... in your own Country. Though you can probably advise Dover Port Control by mobile phone....

But if you don't have VHF, it really is best not to cross at that busy point in the channel. I don't know how much boating you have done but the Dover Straight is one of the busiest seaways in the world and NOT the place to learn.

TAKE THE FERRY!

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