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)?