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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Ria de Alvor

    Quote Originally Posted by crashtack View Post
    Any more questions? PM me. Graham 376 knows what he is talking about too, you could do much worse than to ask him.
    Alvor? Haven't been in there. First time, went the correct side of the first green and ran aground, only to be told later it's off position. Next time, rounded the green and then the turn to stbd OK but got washed to port by a RIB coming out on the wrong side at lunatic speed and we hit the bank, about half tide at the time. Never bothered since as reports say too many day trippers there.

    If you're looking for reasonably quiet spot in Ria Formosa, head up the channel towards Faro and drop the hook by no.21 green. You can dinghy into the small boat marina from there, club bar (by petrol dock) has good snack lunches and beer and there's an outboard repair place next door with a few bits of chandlery. If you go there, you will see our 376 is on its mooring next to PM grey boat - at least I hope it's still there, I'll be back next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GHA View Post
    The irony

    I'll be sure to ask Graham next time he's down.
    'ello sailor, how's the rust bucket doing? Should be there early June after a week or so in Lisbon, I'm ready for frango, fritas and a few jugs of cheap vinho verde

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham376 View Post
    Alvor? Haven't been in there. First time, went the correct side of the first green and ran aground, only to be told later it's off position. Next time, rounded the green and then the turn to stbd OK but got washed to port by a RIB coming out on the wrong side at lunatic speed and we hit the bank, about half tide at the time. Never bothered since as reports say too many day trippers there.
    Been in a load of times over the years, can be handy if southerly swell forecast which can make Portimao anchorage a bit rolly though best to get in the narrow entrance before it comes. And nice spot imho. Fine apart from the bit between the green and red, I've track of best water recorded from following mate who runs the tourist boats. Which might be different this year after winter storms. Apparently gone to the dogs which would be odd, as you know nothing changes that quick in Portugal.
    C u for piri piri n vino soon, too much fun and playing too many gigs for rapid boat work so still be in same spot

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    Smile Re: Ria de Alvor

    Quote Originally Posted by GHA View Post
    Or judgemental cruisers anchor in the way of portuguese fishermen going to work....
    Agreed but it can be a bit un-nerving if you've got visitors onboard who haven't experienced it before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greeny View Post
    Agreed but it can be a bit un-nerving if you've got visitors onboard who haven't experienced it before.
    Being going in and out of Alvor for the last 17 years and, to the best of my knowledge, no body has been hit or run down by a local boat - visitors occasionally drag or swing into each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greeny View Post
    Agreed but it can be a bit un-nerving if you've got visitors onboard who haven't experienced it before.
    Similar in Culatra after dark first time you see a couple of not quite sober fishermen drifting a few feet from your stern laying a net through the anchorage then rowing around banging on their keel to scare the fish in the net. Their patch. Appropriate response can only be a cheerful boa noite to them as they pass by

    you ain't in the Solent no more.

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    Default Re: Ria de Alvor

    I'm back running a yacht out of Ayamonte again on Sunday, planning to anchor off Culatra on Monday and dinghy ashore for a beer. Looks like Scorchio!

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    Spent some time in Alvor now. The fishermen are fine itís the tourist boats that are a bit of a menace flying at close to 20knts only 50m or so from the dock.

    Anyhow, those of you that spend tome there, what do you do for water? The water is far too filthy to get away with running a watermaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikedefieslife View Post
    Spent some time in Alvor now. The fishermen are fine it’s the tourist boats that are a bit of a menace flying at close to 20knts only 50m or so from the dock.

    Anyhow, those of you that spend tome there, what do you do for water? The water is far too filthy to get away with running a watermaker.
    I don't spend that long there in one go but as far as i know there's no water boat to replenish you as there is in Culatra. So 2 options, go to Lagos or Portimao and fill in the marina there, or buy a couple of 20ltr drums and hand carry from shoreside. Maybe GHA can tell you different as he's spent longer there than I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greeny View Post
    I don't spend that long there in one go but as far as i know there's no water boat to replenish you as there is in Culatra. So 2 options, go to Lagos or Portimao and fill in the marina there, or buy a couple of 20ltr drums and hand carry from shoreside. Maybe GHA can tell you different as he's spent longer there than I have.
    Use to be a tap in the market on the foreshore but the local council had it removed.

    Believe there is a water supply in the public toilets close by but not my choice of a water supply so always go in with full tanks and depart before requiring replenishment.

    We carry sufficient water to last for about 2 weeks and in case of emergencies, always carry 20lt of bottled water

    As said, closest place for water is Marina de Lagos, who have taps on the waiting pontoon, seaward of the lifting bridge or the waiting pontoon at Sopromar, in the fish dock.
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