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  1. Brexit bonus..... Don't make me laugh!
  2. Chausey during big tides (+/-13m) is unbelievable. We avoid the scrum of the Sound, and poke in to a deep pool just SW of the Îles Aneret. At high water we see straight across to Grande Île, whilst at low water it is like being on the moon. We spend two or three nights there half a dozen times a year.
  3. Enjoy the southernmost toilet in the UK.
  4. And we don't get nice friendly letters …. just a text message! You clearly are highly regarded....
  5. In our area they are only issuing 5 year cards at present, citing Brexit uncertainty.
  6. It is not unusual to replace engines via a cut out in the hull side once in dry dock. Depending on the design o the vessel, this can be far quicker than removing vertically through several decks. Perhaps on a ferry design, the vertical solution is practical up to the level of the lowest vehicle deck?
  7. If you park at the seaward end o the Sablons marina car park, you can follow the steps and path up to the Cité d'Alet. Great spot or these photos. You can artistically get some greenery in shot at the right times of year..... The path goes all the way round past the Marégraphe (tide gauge) and the various bunkers, bringing you out on the Solidor side just above the excellent restaurant La Corderie.
  8. FastStone image viewer is free and fairly simple. You reduce size on the tools menu, convert selected files. Try a % and experiment a bit.
  9. She doesn't bite! But the handshake is fierce.
  10. Many thousands of us followed him on social media. Great story, interesting and funny.
  11. Like Ed we do not really get bothered on a daily basis, and the French just love to protest. If it is not the train drivers on strike some group will always find fault with the country with about the highest taxation. The flip side, the highest social funding budget, eventually gets noticed again. Whatever, it will not stop some group, small or large, complaining, demonstrating, destroying speed cameras, herding sheep through town centres, dumping potatoes on roundabouts or manure on tax office steps.... French democracy and debate in action.
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    New Look Revealed

    Back in the day, I think the Solidor used it.
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    New Look Revealed

    The ramp on the other berth is narrow and not in good shape, so only used by Condor if BF are using the main berth. BF vacate if staying during the day and the Goodwill is coming in (Saturdays)
  14. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47785609 Ethelred the Unready?
  15. The best announcement is "Captain Rambo his officers and crew …." On his first sailing as Commandant, someone from the crew came on the bridge with a question. He said "you need to ask the Commandant.... oh, that's me..."
  16. Once the school holidays end, a different clientele comes aboard in large numbers. A lot of retired people of course, but not only, as others who have more choice about dates avoid school holiday periods too. By late September things can calm down a bit, but the restaurant southbound can be really busy, to the point of having to ask latecomers to wait an hour or more. Everything on board should be open and, yes, les Abers will have the full monty menu!
  17. In 2016 Jacques Brichet was retiring, and is far from bald..., Hervé de Kergariou does not fit the physical profile either, so Lejaune??
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    To get to that car park he needed a swipe card. Perhaps he had just come out of the Trinquette having "trinqué" a couple too many.... He left his handbrake off and nothing is level on the Quai du Bajoyer!
  19. Approx 2km from the shore, hence the urgency. Ship to ship transfers not possible in the sea conditions. Thankfully the oil industry means there are lots of suitable helicopters in the area.
  20. One of the big pluses is that feeling that you are in France the moment you step on board, and, for very many people, les Abers is an integral part of that.
  21. On the St Malo route the restaurant is often heaving on departure from Pompey, with a waiting list for a second sitting.
  22. A single red light is strange, if you continued to see it when the vessel was well past you. The arc of the red, port side navigation light is 135 degrees if my memory serves. Once past that point, it should become a white stern light. Red would figure if the vessel was running south, inshore of your track.
  23. One white all round light would suggest a small motor driven vessel. By small, I don't mean dinghy size. There are some pretty big RIBs around these days that can average 50 knots easily on flat water.
  24. As in every EU country, there are a few anti voices, but they are a small minority here. Except, of course, that in France we just love grumbling about everything ….
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