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Old 19 May 2019, 06:29   #1
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Petrol in Lyme Bay?

Does anyone have current info on where petrol is available at the water's edge in Lyme Bay?

Heading west from the Solent next week and will need to top up, possibly before Exmouth/Brixam.
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Old 19 May 2019, 07:41   #2
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None before Exmouth as far as I know.



First up is West Bay; I'd be surprised if they had anything. Next Lyme Regis, and I'm pretty sure they don't. There's Tesco with a petrol station in Seaton, but it's a fair way from Axmouth Harbour if you're on foot. Sidmouth and Budleigh are both beaches with no special boating facilities at all.



I'd say that Weymouth is probably your best option if Exmouth's a close call for range.
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Old 19 May 2019, 08:39   #3
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Thanks James, at your suggestion I will top up in Weymouth and then if the weather is ok (forecast is light northerlies) cross to Brixham or Dartmouth
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Not sure Brixham has petrol, but Torquay does.

Rogue Wave and I brought a Sealine back from Brixham some years ago. 2 extra jerry cans carried 40L which we chucked in when we got to Portland for lunch and that was just enough to get us to Yarmouth.

Its 50 miles from Portland to Torquay and you going to be heading into the wind, so take plenty of spare fuel and run at a comfortable speed.

A flask and hot can meals if you have time to order them would be good.

Safe trip.
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Portland Marina has petrol on the fuel pontoon too.
Good cafe too if you're taking a break
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It's scarce.

I know petrol is available at Portland Marina - don't know about Weymouth.

nothing shoreside at Westbay or Lyme -maybe a petrol station some way from the harbours.

Nothing at Exmouth harbourside

Diesel only at Torquay currently - Brixham the same.

Petrol at fuel barge is Dartmouth, then Salcombe,at a premium

Can you carry some 20l cans and refuel from those?

Alternative is to leave the coast and go straight Portland - Dartmouth (will take you outside he normal 12 mile coastal insurance cover).
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Weymouth has Diesel on the fuel Barge and walking distance from the Pontoons for Petrol
Strap some extra Fuel Cans on Board
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Thanks all!

The boat is insured in Guernsey, so offshore in the Channel is well covered.

Tank max is 100nm, so I consider the safe range 80nm. I did have a 20L can on board, but someone nicked it (left it full so its my own fault).

New plan looks like this...

Fuel and tea stop in Portland (not Weymouth)

Cross Lyme bay, may deviate inshore a bit as the forecast has some W in it, stop for the night in Dartmouth.

Conditions permitting, I hope to be in Dartmouth by 1900 tomorrow.
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The plan didn't work out as hoped, of course!

Due to a shocking train delay we were late getting to the boat, so by the time we had a bit of tinkering it was late afternoon before we were in the Solent proper.

We did see the poster boy for RIB.net though, but he didn't see us waving as he motored out then back into Poole harbour.

We were in Portland by 1800, topped up with fuel - thank you to those who pointed us in that direction. There was a stiff breeze from the West by evening, so we over nighted in Bridport.

Portland Bill was very kind to us (see attached pic).

Wednesday was a cracking day, lovely and calm. Spotted dolphins east of Brixham before heading into Dartmouth for another fuel stop. Should really have had tea as well, since we ended up stopping in Salcombe for refreshments.

Got to Plymouth for 1600.

Thanks again for all the advice.
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Glad you had a good & trouble-free run
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