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Just returned from Fecamp . We left Sunday 9am 4.5 hours later arrived Fecamp .
No problems during crossing . Fecamp was closed though, no one in marina stayed on visitors berth with shore power no other facilities open. just a few restaurants.
Monday am thought we could get our duty frees & French bread etc . again everything shut, Fecamp doesn't open on Mondays not even a newsagents.
Fortunately the fuel pontoon open ( 56p litre) filled up with fuel to head for home,during our fill up we lost fuel cap into harbour ! Consequently we hade to put water cap into fuel filler., and stuff tea towel into water filler not very secure.
Finaally spoke to someone in marina office advised marina office closes from saturday pm to Monday am. They did allow us to stay free of charge, and we had e mailed in advance our arrival . They found msg while we were waiting in office.
Dont go to France on a sunday or Monday as completely closed not even a 7-11 type store open.
We left Fecamp in a F3-4 northerly, poor vis. Heavy swell hitting our port side during crossing tea towel in water tank filler couldn't take the strain sea water now contaminated the tank! Didn't get much rest from pounding .cruised at 14.5 knots.
We did get the company of 6 dolphins for about 20 mins mid channel which was interesting but didn't have any french bread to offer. Arrived back 3pm had a nice cup of saline coffee. Whats best to clean tank should i put sterilising tablets in tank ?
 
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bummer it was all shut. But congrats. Foldy bike next time to find distant shop mebbe?

I think you can put all sorts of stuff down the water tank. Best just flush it through tho, fillup, runit off, and so on. Short people can do this, if you have any handy.
 

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Congrats on making the trip! I would think one flush through will get rid of the salt taste, then use mineral water for drinking and tea next season if you can still taste it a tiny bit, then will be ok.
 

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Well done all good fun innit? Have you seen the dolphins before, they're great.
Agree with others salt water not too much of a problem, I'd be tempted to put hose in filler and turn on taps and leave everything running for 15 minutes (just make sure the sinks don't overflow). I always keep a seperate container for drinking water, about 2 gallons, which means it is always fresh.
 

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Byron\'s pharmaceutical mix up

Take care not to mix up you potas permanganage tablets with your Viagra tablets, otherwise the water will go purple like Byron's. "Makes tea and coffee taste better", fairly major understatement that :)
 
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Re: Byron\'s pharmaceutical mix up

Yes, worrying to run off to chemist for even more drugs. Byron already thinks he has a flybridge on his boat, and that he owns the Upper Thames. Er, well at least one of those are probly true, but anyway, wd be intrested to hear of any other intresting stuff that Byron has whacked down the filler hole. Much (er that is *even*) more intresting than soltron down the other hole, and has that been tried to make tea already?
 

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Incidentally, re Solly. Gordon Brown also

Full soltron 1/2 arsed scientific experiment results to follow in a week or so. Have been assiduously measuring Mrs JFM diesel consumption over about 1200 miles on straight diesel, now the Solly is in and I'm measuring it again, will have result in a short while. She doesn't know the Solly's in, so proper scientific test eh becuz she wont be influencing the result subconsciously? Might award myself a new labcoat.

My interim result is how peed off I am at the consumpt of merc 2.7 diesel, without solly it did 20.4mpg. What's the point in that? Might has well have got the M320 (or 430 or 55)and done 16-18 mpg but more poke, and fuel 5-10p less per litre, and cost of 320 is less too. Gordon Brown is a right plonker encouraging us to by diesel then moving the frickin economic goalposts grrrrrr.
 
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Re: 20.4mpg on ML270???!!!

INded I ws gonna say summink bout this. Mrs jfm is selling diesel to her mates, or cabbing and winding the clock back. Thin I get 20 from an E430, or two hours at top tilt (nearer 14mpg) at top tilt on autoroute.
 

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Re: 20.4mpg on ML270???!!!

Yes thanks stefan. She prev had 2 sharan/galaxy V6 2.8 autos and I got sick of £400 a month in petrol (though they did drive surprisingly nicely) because she got 16mpg. I thort it was the car not her, so went for diesel this time. The merc is 170bhp auto and goes well for diesel, but I'm amazed at only 20.4mpg, I was expecting 26 ish. To be fair it is all urban school run/tennis club drop offs/shopping etc. Anyway I conclude she does operate throttle in binary fashion, bringback sharan all is forgiven.

What mpg does your ML270 give? (we have no fuel computer becuz we bort the car new ex stock as a cancelled order to jump the waitlist, and it did not have the fuel computer in the spec, so this is the first time I have measured mpg proply). also she needed new front tyres at 14,000 and the backs are nearly shagged too, so erm praps matt is right..... I wondered why she had a blue plate on the bumper saying hackney summat..... Anyway lemme know any data you have stefan, thanks.

I will advise any impact of Soltron in about a week or so.
 
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Re: 16mpg from 2.8 v6!!

Mrs M must indeed have lead boots. I did 16 in same veh but at 100-120.

A nice V8 estate much better and poss wallopy engine will be more econ at given (massive) speed? Also nice debadged estate v sensible and nobody nicks you whilst overtaking Porsches and stuff, and excellent rear facing seats for kids to wave out of rear. These have some weirdy sort cruise control with speed limiter onnit. First time out with Mrs S, I showed her the lovely new car, so then she had a go. Foot down, but car won't do more than 30 (cos I put limiter is on) . Explained that this v new car is fitted with gadget that ensures no speeding by picking up the speed limit from things on side of road, else 30mph, see in a minute it will allow 40 so that's good isn't it? Mrs S went ballistic. I will investigate mental 6liter diesels.
 

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Re: 16mpg from 2.8 v6!!

16MPG, 16MPG, you were lucky, I dream of 16MPG. My 4.0L Yank Tank 4x4 mobile block of flats struggles to break 15 on a run, it's positively subterranean around town. I have to turn the fuel computer off otherwise I cry.

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Re: thx for reminder

Ah yes, ML270 has limiter too, I forgot, on a stalk with yellow LED to indicate that it's switched on, right? I will activate it and tape over the LED tonight. I'm not going to get diesel again, waste of time
 

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Monty Python

Barry, you're slipping into your monty python alter ego again - this time it's the 4 yorkshire business men isn't it? "You were lucky, there were fifteen of us kids sleeping in a shoe box and every morning we had t'lick yard clean wi'us tongues before dad flogged us all and chucked us in t'pit! ""

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Busted. I\'m feeling very Pythonesqe today <G> NM

Look I said no message. Oh I see turnign off the little red flag.

Barry D.
 
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