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  1. #91
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Mercator is a great marina, right in the centre of an interesting city and for no more than the swell filled fish dock near the entrance. Sadly Belgium is off the list until they start welcoming us yachties again so it's direct to Flushing next summer.

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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    The RYCO pontoons look old & run down. The marina is in a rather industrialised area with views of the aggregate yard etc & it is quite away from the better parts of the town,
    We pedaled bikes to Blankenburgh this year & went past. There seemed very few spare slots & some of the boats looked run down making the whole site look very depressing

    its some 30 yrs since i have been up there, we were storm bound in September in an 8m boat, the shops were noticeably cheaper than in town
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    The RYCO pontoons were replaced with new electrics and water, about 5 years past, and were then good.. Prior to that they were definitely very ropey especially the electrics. I have always found them very helpful and welcoming. The clubhouse restaurant is very good.

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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    I went to RYCO in 2013, and would go back at the drop of a hat. Patrick, the Harbour master, is very friendly and helpful. The facilities are good, and as said above, the restaurant is lovely. The downsides are: a very steep ramp at low tide, and the smell as the tide drops. There's a tram stop 5 min away (max) that takes you right into the centre, and it's not an unpleasant walk either... Don't tell too many people though!
    Larry Botheras

    Colvic Victor 35 "Gladys"

  5. #95
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Gladys View Post
    and it's not an unpleasant walk either... Don't tell too many people though!
    You have to be joking. It is through an industrial area !!!!
    When you come out the marina into the main road there is nothing of interest
    Unless you like dodging traffic on the main road or cyclists on the cycle track

    But to each his own I suppose
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    You have to be joking. It is through an industrial area !!!!
    When you come out the marina into the main road there is nothing of interest
    Unless you like dodging traffic on the main road or cyclists on the cycle track

    But to each his own I suppose
    That is certainly correct
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Is RYCO the one "Robert" used to manage?

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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    You have to be joking. It is through an industrial area !!!!
    When you come out the marina into the main road there is nothing of interest
    Unless you like dodging traffic on the main road or cyclists on the cycle track

    But to each his own I suppose
    You've not seen the teddy bear decoration in the lock pool on the leftover the bridge then?

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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Colvic Watson View Post
    Is RYCO the one "Robert" used to manage?
    No
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Colvic Watson View Post
    Is RYCO the one "Robert" used to manage?
    Robert was in the North Sea Yacht Club's area just inside on the right.
    Now managed by Simon plus an assistant (Albert) at busy parts of the year
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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