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      Trevor Thompson
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      Perer Crane and I are planning to cruise in southern Ireland this summer. I mean “IN”. Any other Atalanta Owners want to join us with their boats? There will be room for crew to join for specific periods as well.

       

      The plan so far (if it is a plan rather than a proposal):

       

      Irish Trip Plan first draft

       

      Objective

      To cruise through the Irish canals and sail on the Shannon waterway. The proposal is for a one way trip across the Irish Sea, into the canals at Waterford, up the Barrow navigation, along the Grand Canal to the Shannon. Hopefully, to be able to sail in the lakes along the Shannon Waterway. There is no fixed itinerary since the boats are going to be lifted onto their trailers at the end of the trip and return to Wales on the ferry. Note that we do not have to travel fixed distances each day – we just go as far as we go. The following plan is based on travelling 12 miles per day.

      Trip to Canal entrance

      Leave Milford Haven Sunday 15th July for Solva or direct to Kilmore Quay

      Solva / Milford to Kilmore 65 miles

      Roughly 38 miles from Kilmore to First lock

      Enter Barrow Navigation and head north.

      Barrow Navigation

      Waterway fees: monthly mooring E12.70 plus lock fees at E0.60 per lock Don’t need to register for Shannon as engine less than 15HP.

      Lock charges E0.60 per lock

      65 km (40 miles) 23 locks (say 4 days at 12 miles per day)

      Locks 18.5m long,             3.9m wide,          Draft min 0.76m,              Air draft 2.4 min

      Enter the Grand Canal, Barrow Line

      Grand Canal, Barrow Line

      Lock charges E0.60 per lock

      45km (28 miles) and 9 locks (say 3 days at 12 miles per day)

      Locks 18.5m long,             3.9m wide,          Draft min 1.2m,                Air draft 2.45 min

      Enter the Grand Canal, Main Line going west

       

       

      Grand Canal, Main Line

      Lock charges E0.60 per lock

      86.7 km (54 miles) and 29 locks (say 5 days at 12 miles per day)

      8 Locks 18.5m long,         3.9m wide,          Draft min 1.2m,                Air draft 2.45 min

      Enter the Shannon Navigation

       

      Two week pause for Pete – leave Erena somewhere safe.

      Shannon Navigation (phase 1)

      Calista to Cruise North along the Shannon into Lough *******

      Lock charges E1.50 per lock or movable bridge

      Facilities obtained using smart card. A 20 unit smart card costs £8.00 (stirling)

      Pump out 2 unit

      Shower 2 units

      Chemical toilet 2 units

      Washing machine 5 units

      Tumble dry 5 units

       

      *** km (** miles) and ** locks (say 14 days for a round trip)

      ** Locks 29m long,          5.75m wide,       Draft min 1.35m,              Air draft 3.85 min

      Shannon Navigation (Phase 2)

      Calista and Erena to Cruise South along the Shannon into Lough *******

      Lock charges E1.50 per lock or movable bridge

      Facilities obtained using smart card. A 20 unit smart card costs £8.00 (stirling)

      Pump out 2 unit

      Shower 2 units

      Chemical toilet 2 units

      Washing machine 5 units

      Tumble dry 5 units

      *** km (** miles) and ** locks (say 14 days for trip to wherever we decide to stop)

      ** Locks 29m long,          5.75m wide,       Draft min 1.35m,              Air draft 3.85 min

      Recover boats onto trailers and drive home via Irish sea ferry

      Ferry particulars

      Provisional idea for pricing ferry:

      Car and empty trailer Pembroke to Rosslare 22 August 14.45 sailing

      Roughly £185 single

      Car and loaded trailer Rosslare to Pembroke 30 August 08.45 sailing

      Roughly £264

      So a total ferry price of £448 which requires £150 worth of Tesco vouchers

      Rosslare to Limerick is 125 miles by road.

       

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