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Old 10 May 2005, 18:36   #11
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Well it's 66nm from the Needles to Braye harbour, Alderney. There is fuel but you need to collect it in cans from the petrol station a few hundred yards away and then transfer it into your internal tank with hoses that Mainbrayce Marine kindly supply FOC. This is dependent on there being enough water to get your boat into the inner harbour. Otherwise you'll need to carry the cans down onto the pontoon. HTH
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just out of interest , what size rib were you planning to do this in ?
i noticed the rib on your documents is only 4+ are you doing it in that?
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Old 11 May 2005, 11:34   #13
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Hannah,

Yes a 4 Meter RIB. Pick the right day and it should be doable (Dunno if thats a proper word ).

The way I look at it is some people are mad enough to cross the channel on toys. And at 4 Meter its a real challenge.

I'll have company. The thing that I will be worried about is breaking down but thats why I will be in a group.

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I suggest you aim to arrive at about half tide in Alderney waters as it will be slack water. Gets pretty choppy in the swinge (north side of island) at full flood and ebb so pick your time carefully if you're in a 4m boat. Let me know when you're going.... i might be around.

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Erin,

Okay mate thanks for the info. We are looking at June at the moment but as with all things boating thats subject to the weather.

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thats a really good way to look at it , my dad has a 5.3 and we just joke about crossing over to france , but i think your right , a good day and all its gonna be is a few bumps eh
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Hannah,
I'll have company. The thing that I will be worried about is breaking down but thats why I will be in a group.
Do consider who you will be with - can they tow you a distance? Over 30miles from the middle, will they have enough fuel - what if it's rough...

Remember you are out of VHF range for over 1/3 of this trip.

Yhen you say "concerned" about breaking down do you mean you don't have trust in your engine, experience of unreliability or simply that this is your biggest concern. If the latter, fine, sensiable, but if you've any good reason to doubt the motor is up to it i'm not so sure it's a good idea.

Sorry to sound pessemestic - that trip Blue Ice and I made last year was fantastic, you'd have made it no trouble but Richard and I have come back in conditions you certianly would not have made it in!
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The Red Flag

When I was a lad our chemistry master (one William Streather) wrote in red chalk "DANG" on the blackboard. He then walked around the entire class asking what he had written. We each replied "DANG" and were rewarded with a hefty clout round the back of the head. "It says" he finally bellowed "DANGER! It is the Red Flag, but it has been hoisted so many times the end has frayed ..... our next experiment involves ..." In those days were were allowed to use dangerous chemicals in chemistry experiments, but the point was made.

As a novice Ribster, I've been watching this thread with interest, but was reluctant to contribute. I'm pleased that Daniel has had the good sense to raise the Red Flag.

Biggles makes no mention of the number of "mates" but in a 4+ metre I would suggest helm plus max 2 crew? The flotilla, min. of three boats. At least 25% fuel beyond expected consumption. A proper passage plan with regular rendevous to make sure that everyone is OK. Water, food, flares, charts, compass, ....

It's also worth remembering that you don't have the benefit of sticking your VHF antenna on top of a 30ft mast. So range is very limited.

Having said all that, the Red Flag has been hoisted, now open the concentrated sulphuric acid bottles and get on with the experiment. Have fun, but stay safe.

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