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Old 09-21-2014, 11:27 AM   #61
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:56 AM   #62
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My wifey handles cold like a reptile. She is only warm for a week or two in August and we live in the South.

Having said that, we want to spend the winter in Ireland, UK and Norway. Not quite sure how this will work out but that is the plan.
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That's funny!! In the Algarve, the South of Portugal, from October - March, the Lagos area to Sagres turns into a snow bird community of the UK, Sweden, Norway and Germany. You will find more German and English speakers than Portuguese. Many are retired and own homes so it's not like it's loaded with tourists with kids.

If the North Countries don't work out for your wife, brings her to the south of Portugal. Very affordable and absolutely beautiful!!!

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That's funny!! In the Algarve, the South of Portugal, from October - March, the Lagos area to Sagres turns into a snow bird community of the UK, Sweden, Norway and Germany. You will find more German and English speakers than Portuguese. Many are retired and own homes so it's not like it's loaded with tourists with kids.

If the North Countries don't work out for your wife, brings her to the south of Portugal. Very affordable and absolutely beautiful!!!

ps: oops missed one pic - Yes Al, they have appropriate beverages there!!
Portugal is on the list of places to go and stay. My parents spent a summer in O Porto years ago and loved it. Picked up my Port habit from their stay.

How much port can a trawler hold?

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Old 09-21-2014, 01:53 PM   #64
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Richard, great pictures. Thanks for sharing them.
Edelweiss, same on your photos.
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Yes. We've also thought about Spain as we have friends there.

In less than 30 minutes I'll have another landfall.

I'm docking in Dunmore East tonight, do I can get fuel in the morning and then up the river to Waterford.

Strange, but no matter how many times I've done this, I get nervous, totally out of proportion, to the task at hand.

Reminds me again how wonderful it was to have Karel and Mi Jong, meet me after my long trip. Also to be able to recuperate at thier house was much needed.
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So glad you said that. I thought it was just because I was not seasoned that I got nervous.
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Strange, but no matter how many times I've done this, I get nervous, totally out of proportion, to the task at hand.
I've never measured my heart beat, but in general...arrival anywhere by boat or plane is always an anxious moment. Never understood why.
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Portugal is on the list of places to go and stay. My parents spent a summer in O Porto years ago and loved it. Picked up my Port habit from their stay.
Porto is nice too!! But I really fell in love with the Algarve.

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Yes. We've also thought about Spain as we have friends there.
Spain too!! I will be in Madrid and Valencia sometime in April through June. Have a friend in Valencia to stay with, hoping for about three months this year, before it gets too hot!!
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:17 AM   #69
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Rode the 15 miles up a very foggy river today.
Got 2400 liters of fuel this morning. Paid €0.88 including vat.

I'll never see a lower price anywhere in the EU. That's $4.43 a gallon. And it's only that high because of the weak dollar.

Weirdly, I almost can't believe this part of the trip is over. I've pictured this moment in my head for years.
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Almost anti climatic now. But they always say it is not the destination, it is the journey. You certainly had a journey that we all enjoyed. When are you headed back to the states?
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Unless my math is wrong, you got even a better break than $4.43 per gallon.

2400 l X 0.88 = 2112 E, today's exchange rate 0.78, so $2708.14 USD for 2400 l / 3.79 = 633.2 US gallons. 2708.14 / 633.2 = $4.28 USD per gallon.
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Irregardless of Bob or Richard's calculation, , that fuel price is much cheaper than I expected. I was figuring $6 USD per US gallon.

I had to word that first sentence really carefully, since even $4.28 per US gallon ain't cheap.

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Old 09-22-2014, 03:19 PM   #73
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Unless my math is wrong, you got even a better break than $4.43 per gallon.

2400 l X 0.88 = 2112 E, today's exchange rate 0.78, so $2708.14 USD for 2400 l / 3.79 = 633.2 US gallons. 2708.14 / 633.2 = $4.28 USD per gallon.
Yep, you're right.
I used a higher exchange rate, but the $ has been doing better against the € in the last weeks.

I never even hoped I could get it so cheap, many had said Norway was the cheapest at $5.70/gal

This guy quoted me the price two weeks ago, but I didn't tell anyone bc maybe the Euro $$€€ police are reading this.

Supposedly, there is a €2000 fine for ANY boat, EU and non EU, found with dyed diesel in the tanks.

Of course that's because us yachties are rich so we must may our fair share, and your share and his share and her share, etc

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I have to say, I miss the fishers. Even last night and this morning, I was rafted to two f/vs and just a nice friendly experience.
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By the way, in Portugal and Spain the price is about $6. In the north, it's above 8.

I'm already planning on during here next fall again.
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The good news is as of Sept 15, Libya is $0.38 USD per gallon. Not as cheap as Venezuela at $0.04 but a real bargain for cruising the Med.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:46 PM   #76
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Almost anti climatic now. But they always say it is not the destination, it is the journey. You certainly had a journey that we all enjoyed. When are you headed back to the states?
I'll be back next week, for the first two weeks in October.
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On this site you will find the daily updated average fuel prices in the EU;

Link; Fuel prices in Europe. Sorted by Country

Link; Fuel prices in Europe. Sorted by Price
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...............I never even hoped I could get it so cheap, many had said Norway was the cheapest at $5.70/gal...............
In fact the price of Diesel in Norway is by far the highest in Europe, second highest is the UK.
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What would keep an enterprising cruiser from installing a fuel pump and meter on his boat, buying diesel in Libya and selling to other cruisers in Italy? Plenty of profit margin.

550 nm round trip / 3 nm per gallon is 183 gallons. If you hold 700 gallons that would leave 500 gallons to sell. $316 for 700 gallons in Libya, sell 500 gallons in Italy at a $2 per gallon discount equals $3000.
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But, as you said, you have to go to Libya to get that price. Lots of bad guys there w/ very sharp knives.
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