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  1. #21
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    Default Re: ambitious trip or what ? :)

    Quote Originally Posted by jct1981 View Post
    Very true.
    Worth noting Gillingham access - to the marina at least- is tidal, whereas Chatham is 24hr. Not sure on the Gillingham fuel pontoon.
    A good point, and as the OP would probably want to set off some time near, or just after LW to take the tide up, maybe not ideal unless they fill up then mooch back up to Stangate creak and anchor up while waiting for the right tide.

    edit: Gillinham website says that fuel is available at MOST states of the tide, So maybe just a small window at LW springs maybe where fuel cannot be obtained.
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  2. #22
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    Default Re: ambitious trip or what ? :)

    Quote Originally Posted by jct1981 View Post
    Very true.
    Worth noting Gillingham access - to the marina at least- is tidal, whereas Chatham is 24hr. Not sure on the Gillingham fuel pontoon.
    Straight from their site so that makes it a little easier: "Fuel
    Our refuelling point, outside the lock gates, serves gas oil and unleaded petrol. Service is available at most states of the tide during day light hours winter and summer."

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by A2THEK101 View Post
    Sorry one more question, but how do you get to learn how much of the actual fuel you can use in your tank as I do understand you can't use all of it do the the pickup? Is there a very rough guide to this?
    In theory you will be able to use nearly all of it, with a few litres remaining when the engine conks out. This is one of the reasons you always allow a 25-33% safety margins on your fuel planning. You should never run out of fuel.
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  4. #24
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    Default Re: Fuel

    Gillingham Marinas fuel pontoon is outside the lock entrance. If there is no petrol available, there used to be but I have diesel power now, so have not used for a good few years. An alternative, if you can get to Gillingham Pier just upstream, there is an Asda with a filling station about 50ish metres walk, but again with 'cans'. You will need to do this on a 'making tide' though as it dries.

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Fuel

    probably possible with that boat, drawing around 3ft to access fuel at all states of tides.Chart appears to indicate 6M just off the pontoon.

    http://fishing-app.gpsnauticalcharts....39806/0.56220

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Fuel

    One approach could be go into Limehouse marina instead and if you have a dinghy and jerry cans you can go up Limehouse cut for half an hour there is a big Tesco by the canal with fuel. Couple of minutes walk to the petrol station.

    There are low bridges on Limehouse cut so I don't think you would be able to get there in the boat plus its not awfully deep.

    The marina is pretty nice with DLR station and a nice walk by the river up to tower bridge etc.

  7. #27
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    Default Re: ambitious trip or what ? :)

    Clearly nobody has ever purchased fuel whilst moored in St Kats:

    Take one of St Kats trolleys along with your fuel containers to the Petrol station, and bring them all back full

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