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Old 21 May 2010, 06:41   #1
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Solo Channel crossing

Unless anyone wants to accompany me to Alderney on Sunday (see Upcoming Cruises section), I am considering doing the crossing solo.

What do people here think about this with a crew of three or four adults in a single engine boat on the basis that conditions (weather and sea state) will be favourable, that the boat has been regularly and properly serviced/maintained and has both fixed and handheld VHF and GPS, active radar reflector and all other usual safety equipment (offshore flares, fog horn etc)? Boat is also CG66 registered and FWIW the passage will be called in to the Coastguard with people ashore knowing intentions and ETA.

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Old 21 May 2010, 06:53   #2
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I cannot comment on the safety or otherwise of this venture, but I really wish I felt ready for a trip such as this. As it is time, money, and lack of preparedness rule it out this year. Good luck. Hope all goes well whatever you decide.

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Old 21 May 2010, 07:13   #3
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I for one wouldn't have a hang up about going, with the proviso on weather, sea state etc etc.

In fact done it many times, given a twin shaft or twin sterndrive setup.

Only ever caught a net once coming back across, nasty bleeder, the ensuing insurance co. were fantastic. All credit to Towergate. £23k claim.

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Old 21 May 2010, 08:11   #4
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I'd be quite happy to do it (and have in the past). You seem well prepared
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Old 21 May 2010, 08:25   #5
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done it a few times BUT was on a Humber
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Old 21 May 2010, 08:55   #6
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If the motors in good shape I say go for it

With the number of other vessels making the trip at this time of year its no different to cruising in company.
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Old 21 May 2010, 09:11   #7
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Avocet, it sounds like you've thought it through - I'd go for it.

Don't be too fixated on the trip though. If things start to unravel then don't fight it. There will always be another time.

Whatever happens don't forget to take pictures!
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Old 21 May 2010, 11:35   #8
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I've done it solo in a smaller boat with only one engine. I did have radar though and AIS/MARPA. These could have been useful in the shipping lanes if it had been foggy, which it wasn't. You'll probably be at sea for no more than two hours so I'd just go for it.
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Old 21 May 2010, 12:01   #9
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I have been very tempted to abandon my plans with family on Sunday and come along, but knowing the boat/ set up I don't feel it would be foolhardy to go alone in your boat.

The usual worries I am sure will come round & vanish as you make progress.

As you say - good forecast - everything you could sensibly need - throw in a couple of bottles of water just in case and I suspect an easy cruise all the way. If the weather turns - either turn round or press on - whichever the safer option and with enough range I guess something you can do at any point.

enjoy !

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Old 21 May 2010, 12:22   #10
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Check your insurance covers you far enough from a safe haven for your journey....then start packing. You sound fully prepared to me. Have fun!

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