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Old 05 November 2007, 09:42   #1
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Getting a Rib + family to the Channel Islands - Advice Please

Hey all. I fancy taking the family + RIB to Jersey for a week or so next year. The problem is - How to get there.

Blast from South Coast direct to Jersey via Alderney I hear you cry. Snag is it is a bit of a long way in a 5.85M RIB without other Ribs for company. Having done the trip to Alderney this year with 3 other RIBs the weather picked up to a Force 6 and we had an 'interesting time en-route' - 6hrs to Alderney! Fine with a few mates but don't think kids (10, 14 yrs old) / wife would be happy .

The other snag is that if the weather turns poor halfway during the holiday then we might be stuck there waiting for weather window - I am unwilling to take family across channel in anything worse than a Force 4.

Becuase the Rib + trailer is over 6m (Trailer nose to Outboard ~7.5m) you can't take on Ferry to Jersey direct unless you go on freight Ferry - Cost over 1400 return for Driver only - rest of family have to go on standard ferry (at additional cost)

So, I am considering the following options:

1) Drive boat from Dover area via Calais along the coast and spend a couple of days getting there - staying in sight of French coast and stopping at French marinas enroute - eventually making the short hop from France to Jersey.

2) Take Eurotunnel with Car + trailer, drive through France to a MArina near Jersey and blast across from there (leave car + trailer in French Marina).

3) Take Ferry to France - Cherourg / St Malo (assuming there is a Ferry which will take a Rib with trailer length ~7.5m) park Car + trailer in French Marina and blast across short hop to Jersey.

What is best option? Is there a better way. I appreciate there might be a team willing to go as a group but still leaves the uncertainty about return Journey with weather changing.

What Marinas are there in France, near Jersey with Slipways / good facilities / place to store car + trailer / people who speak English (I don't speak a word of French)?
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Old 05 November 2007, 09:56   #2
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HI we went this year for a week & had a great time, only took the Sib so no problem with the ferry, but Condorbreaks.com did have some good deals on for car & caravan at the time & I think a boat & trailer came in at the same offer! They are not showing any offers yet for next year, but the people at condor brakes are very helpful, give them a call!
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Last time I went to France we went Weymouth to St Malo with Condor ferries, via both Guernsey and Jersey. I'm sure I remember seeing boats being trailered on the ferry - memory is a little hazy though.

Otherwise, see if anyone else fancies a week in the Channel Islands. Send the family by ferry with the car, you go across in the boat with company. Do your own thing whilst there, and then send the family back the way they came, and you head back home with the boat (in company) again.

It might take some organising - but it should be possible. See if any local clubs are thining about it - it's a good place to start.
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Ferry to St Malo @ 500 (2 pax car + Pacific 22), slipway next to ferry terminal, rib in the water and a 20 mile trip to Jersey

St Malo well worth a couple of days on its own and great camp site on the opposite side of the marina to the ferry.

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Use the condoor, into Guernsey I hope and go from there or to St Malo and do the 24 mile trip over into Jersey.
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Use the condoor, into Guernsey I hope and go from there or to St Malo and do the 24 mile trip over into Jersey.
But the Condor ferry stops at Jersey anyway after Guernsey & B4 St Malo!
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Use the condoor, into Guernsey I hope and go from there or to St Malo and do the 24 mile trip over into Jersey.
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Last time I went to France we went Weymouth to St Malo with Condor ferries, via both Guernsey and Jersey. I'm sure I remember seeing boats being trailered on the ferry - memory is a little hazy though.
Nick + DGR + InflatedD- I spoke to Condor, as per my thread they won't do anything over 6m



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Ferry to St Malo @ 500 (2 pax car + Pacific 22), slipway next to ferry terminal, rib in the water and a 20 mile trip to Jersey

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Pete, sounds good, I spoke to Brittany Ferries who quoted from 500-650 return depending on time of year, no issues with trailer length.

Was there somewhere to park Car + trailer for a few days?
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Use the condoor, into Guernsey I hope and go from there or to St Malo and do the 24 mile trip over into Jersey.
I think Guernsey might well be a better destination. With a family, it is east to whizz out of St Peter Port and over to Herm. Herm has some lovely beaches and exploring these will keep you busy for a few days.

Tip. the rock-pooling in Belvoir Bay at spring tides is brilliant!

Sark is in easy reach of St Peter Port, as would be Alderney and Dielette on the French Coast.
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I think Guernsey might well be a better destination. With a family, it is east to whizz out of St Peter Port and over to Herm. Herm has some lovely beaches and exploring these will keep you busy for a few days.

Tip. the rock-pooling in Belvoir Bay at spring tides is brilliant!

Sark is in easy reach of St Peter Port, as would be Alderney and Dielette on the French Coast.
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Pete, sounds good, I spoke to Brittany Ferries who quoted from 500-650 return depending on time of year, no issues with trailer length. Was there somewhere to park Car + trailer for a few days?
Two thoughts, next to the ferry terminal is a nautic centre for water sports, they have a car park or round the other side of the marina 500 yds away is a boatpark chandlers etc.

Just a thought Brittainy Ferries had cardiac when they asked us if we had flares on board and we said yes. In the end we said they were well packed and secured so they let us on. Certainly won't try and board with out of date flares.

Trip up the river Rance through the big lock interesting as there is a huge area of flat calm water and St Malo has some superb beaches.

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