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Old 03 March 2002, 15:34   #11
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Yes, I will be at Cowes Week. We are looking for a camp site on the mainland somewhere near to Potsmouth so that I canzip over to cowes each day - and the other half and kids can come some days or stay on the mainland and do other things if they prefer.

We'll have to hook up during the week.
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Graeme,
I was planing on going from the Helford River, could meet you at penzance or I could recover my Rib and tow it to Penzance and re - launch. I can take 100 litres of fuel but I need to find out if there is fuel avaliable at St Marys. I must add I will only be doing the trip if a good weather window is forecast !!
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There is petrol avail in the Scillies.......

at St Mary's. Or at least there was the last time I was there in a petrol boat (2 years ago!). Its quite expensive (1 p l) but then they do have to ship it all over from the mainland.

A trip worth doing though - The Scillies are one of my favourite places for Ribbing.

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Fuel in St. Mary's is available from Dave Sibley who runs the fuel/supplies business on the dockside. You should phone him 2/3 days in advance, order the amount of petrol you want and he will have it available in 20L cans for you. At that time you should also make an appointment with him to get the fuel and pay for it (takes Visa) as he has other jobs in and around the island and is not always in his office.
You then carry your cans down the breakwater to you boat, climb down the harbour wall (20 feet!) and shakily pour the petrol, through a funnel into your tank, making sure you stub your fag out first! Back up the ladder, along the wall, pick up next can. Great fun in 30 degrees Celsius when you need 140L like I used too. Get your photo taken several hundred times though by holiday makers calling out useful advice and requesting a lift to your next stop (Boston or New York usually).
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If you are totally fexible, perhaps we could provisionally arrange to go the first weekend you are in Cornwall, with a backup plan for the next weekend?

In light of the fuel situtaion in St Marys would it be better to launh from Penzance? - totally flexible here - especially if parking or cars and trailers is an issue.

Le me know what you think (and Jahno too)
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Brian,
thanks for the info regarding the fuel.
Will phone you later with some general questions.

Graeme ,
yes I agree. Far too much messing about getting fuel at St Mary's. I have only tested my new engine in calm conditions which gave me 60 miles (not nautical miles) on 25 litres, so would opt to go from Penzance to be on the safe side.

Both weekends will be fine with me.

I will check out tide times and launching facilities at Penzance and let you know. We can go through a detailed plan nearer the time.
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Great.

Could you let me have the 2 actual possible dates - and I will pencil them into my diary.
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If this guy buys fuel from the mainland maybe we could order it before we go, pick it up on the mainland and take it over with us.

Saves messing about in the quay etc....
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Graeme,

Sat June 29th, Sun June 30th.. Sat 6th July, Sun 7th July.

Will be in North Devon Sat July 13th, Sun 14th if you want a trip to Lundy Island!! Launching from Appledore(weather permitting).

Jono,

Launching from Penzance means we will have enough fuel without having to get some from St Mary's. How much range have you got?
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I can carry 50 litres no problem with an extra 25litres in the bow and 25 litres on deck if needed. I have to test but would guess i get simular consumption to you - having simular set up???

Both these dates are fine with me - i would look for the weather window on thursday and let you know.
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