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  1. #1
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    Default Easter plan A.. Channel crossing

    I've done this a few times in a sailing boat but this will be our first time in a motor boat.
    Nimbus 3003 with single Tamd41a.
    Jobs completed this Winter, new oil and filters ,fuel filters, cooling issue sorted to the best of my knowledge anyway ie, can run at WOT for a long period of time and temperature gauge doesn't go above 90., the exhaust elbow and intercooler don't get overly hot and I'm not loosing any coolant from the fresh water system.The unusual rubbing noise has gone since I tightened the allen bolts on the clamp that grips the prop shaft.
    I'm having her lifted and scrubbed at Portland, where I'll be fitting a new arbour for the rope cutter.
    So, come Friday the plan is to leave Weymouth about 5.30am to catch the East going tide into Cherbourg, we will be cruising about 12-15 knots depending on comfort and conditions so a bit of help from the tide will be welcome, probably. On Sunday we'll head over to Alderney to meet some friends on their sailing boat and then down to Guernsey with the possibility of a bit more exploring and then heading back to our home berth at East Cowes Marina.
    This isn't only our first motor boat but our first boat with a proper fridge, battery charger and hot water, I haven't seen a polarity check light on board. Should I reverse the wires in the shore power socket (IF) we decide to connect up? the batteries shouldn't need re-charging so I'll just switch the charger off.
    Any other tips most welcome!!!

  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
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    Guernsey
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    Default Re: Easter plan A.. Channel crossing

    Make sure you remember the suntan lotion.

    It looks to be good wind wise and should be great for a crossing.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Easter plan A.. Channel crossing

    Went to Cherbourg recently and had to pay full wack for fuel which was a shocker. We just plugged straight into the mains on the pontoon, we normally berth in Weymouth Marina so you are probably OK.
    We sailed from Gosport and it took 5.5 hours at 15/16 knots.
    Have a good trip.

  4. #4
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    May 2009
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    Default Re: Easter plan A.. Channel crossing

    Quote Originally Posted by colhel View Post
    I've done this a few times in a sailing boat but this will be our first time in a motor boat.
    Nimbus 3003 with single Tamd41a.
    Jobs completed this Winter, new oil and filters ,fuel filters, cooling issue sorted to the best of my knowledge anyway ie, can run at WOT for a long period of time and temperature gauge doesn't go above 90., the exhaust elbow and intercooler don't get overly hot and I'm not loosing any coolant from the fresh water system.The unusual rubbing noise has gone since I tightened the allen bolts on the clamp that grips the prop shaft.
    I'm having her lifted and scrubbed at Portland, where I'll be fitting a new arbour for the rope cutter.
    So, come Friday the plan is to leave Weymouth about 5.30am to catch the East going tide into Cherbourg, we will be cruising about 12-15 knots depending on comfort and conditions so a bit of help from the tide will be welcome, probably. On Sunday we'll head over to Alderney to meet some friends on their sailing boat and then down to Guernsey with the possibility of a bit more exploring and then heading back to our home berth at East Cowes Marina.
    This isn't only our first motor boat but our first boat with a proper fridge, battery charger and hot water, I haven't seen a polarity check light on board. Should I reverse the wires in the shore power socket (IF) we decide to connect up? the batteries shouldn't need re-charging so I'll just switch the charger off.
    Any other tips most welcome!!!
    Why bother with Cherbourg , have a great trip

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
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    Falmouth
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    Default Re: Easter plan A.. Channel crossing

    Colin/Helen

    Have a great trip, it’ll be nice being able to travel in the direction you want for the crossing

    Carteret is a nice alternative to Cherbourg and easy reach from Alderney....then you can bounce back up to Guernsey for some cheap fuel before heading home,

    I wouldn’t worry too much about polarity - might be worth googling your charger to make sure it can handle it tho’

    Wishing you both fair seas and no wind.....
    Last edited by Nigelpickin; 14-04-19 at 17:55.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
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    River Itchen, Southampton
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    Default Re: Easter plan A.. Channel crossing

    Quote Originally Posted by colhel View Post
    I've done this a few times in a sailing boat but this will be our first time in a motor boat.
    Nimbus 3003 with single Tamd41a.
    Jobs completed this Winter, new oil and filters ,fuel filters, cooling issue sorted to the best of my knowledge anyway ie, can run at WOT for a long period of time and temperature gauge doesn't go above 90., the exhaust elbow and intercooler don't get overly hot and I'm not loosing any coolant from the fresh water system.The unusual rubbing noise has gone since I tightened the allen bolts on the clamp that grips the prop shaft.
    I'm having her lifted and scrubbed at Portland, where I'll be fitting a new arbour for the rope cutter.
    So, come Friday the plan is to leave Weymouth about 5.30am to catch the East going tide into Cherbourg, we will be cruising about 12-15 knots depending on comfort and conditions so a bit of help from the tide will be welcome, probably. On Sunday we'll head over to Alderney to meet some friends on their sailing boat and then down to Guernsey with the possibility of a bit more exploring and then heading back to our home berth at East Cowes Marina.
    This isn't only our first motor boat but our first boat with a proper fridge, battery charger and hot water, I haven't seen a polarity check light on board. Should I reverse the wires in the shore power socket (IF) we decide to connect up? the batteries shouldn't need re-charging so I'll just switch the charger off.
    Any other tips most welcome!!!
    I love the way you are using and enjoying your boat.
    You donít need any advice.
    Hope to catch up in person before too long.

  7. #7
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    Greenwich
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    Default Re: Easter plan A.. Channel crossing

    Quote Originally Posted by colhel View Post
    This isn't only our first motor boat but our first boat with a proper fridge, battery charger and hot water, I haven't seen a polarity check light on board. Should I reverse the wires in the shore power socket (IF) we decide to connect up? the batteries shouldn't need re-charging so I'll just switch the charger off.
    Any other tips most welcome!!!
    We always use a cheapo B&Q plug in polarity checker on a mains socket in the cabin and find even the same marina will reverse from one visit to the next. So years ago I made up a very short extension to reverse the polarity back if needed - as it happens I’m using it now. But mark it well so it’s clear what it does.

  8. #8
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    Jan 2009
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    Stratford on Avon
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    Default Re: Easter plan A.. Channel crossing

    Sounds a great trip. All the best Colin, and don’t forget the camera

  9. #9
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    Nov 2001
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    Medway
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    Default Re: Easter plan A.. Channel crossing

    all nav gear functioning and some sort of back up ?

  10. #10
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    Dec 2006
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    Algarve/Boat Chichester
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    Default Re: Easter plan A.. Channel crossing

    With reference to Nigel's advice above re Carteret be aware that marina entrance depths are likely to be reduced to 1 metre until the end of the month. There is a notice from Ports of Jersey to this effect.

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