A convoy from the south coast is an interesting thought ("breaker 10-4 you got a copy on me pig pen c'mon?" for those that remember!).
I would want to make a stopover, it's too far in one day. For me with the ferry, it's 2 hours before I even get to the mainland.
Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight
Drive Patrick to uni in Edinburgh yesterday from Kent. 460miles and 10 hours. And that was doing 70 where we could and no trailer. Would definitely need a stopover!
I will venture out of my comfort zone and commit my attendance. I’ll be the rookie of the flotilla. Look forward to meeting everyone.
Jack Sound 26M
That's great to hear Andy. You won't be a rookie by the end of it.
Quentin Sands (Editor)
1993 MacGregor 19, Margarita
For those coming from the south coast, these services are very good. Approx 325 miles from Chichester and approx £20 for overnight stay. It would leave a 160 mile trip next morning. Set off Tuesday morning, all aboard early afternoon Wednesday.
Thanks for the hint Quentin, I think that's the place I saw an article about a while back. One of the few privately run service areas, with local farm shop etc.
Would make a pleasant as well as very convenient stop. I'm sliding towards committing to the trip!
Subject of course to you allowing me to attend without a Mac, I would like to join this event. I hope to have my new gaffer ready by then.
Last year I drove the boat to Inverness with a friend and that worked well in a day with 2 sharing the driving. I drove back from Largs by myself and it was also OK in a day. I would try to do the trip in a day as stopping overnight without the mast up would be an issue as it is an open boat.
Given that there are normally a few problems with trailers, I think the Rubber Duck convoy idea makes sense to be able to assist anyone with a problem en route.
This will be the second Mac event from Largs. The previous one, probably around 25 years ago, was most enjoyable. I suspect that there are not many left who were on that one!!
Petrol will be one of the problems as the only place I could find last year was Portavadie.
I'm sure you will be most welcome Chris, and your advice and practical support greatly valued as it was on the recent event.
Both of us are liking the idea of this and are excited - we're based near Gatwick. I've been thinking of the items I will want sorted before I attempt anything like this and thought I'd share it, to seek advice from others if I'd missed anything.
Full greasing on draw bar, replace all bearings and do a full setup of the brake system. Take the time to rust proof inside the drums. Check trailer nose weight and ensure its within expected limits.
Double check connectors, check towball area, tyres etc.
Spare trailer bearings with kit to fit, spare wheel, spare grease. Tools to adjust brakes etc.
My current thought is to ensure both tanks are full, giving me 40 miles/ 3hrs wot. Unsure on a spare 20l, any advice would be appreciated. I'm also thinking a trolly to carry a fuel tank is a good idea if town is the only fuel supply.
It's been a few years since I've done bearings, so will need to get some kit. Any links to good priced heavy duty circlip pliers, bearing puller and bearing fitters will be appreciated.
I do like the idea of the overnight stay, as it breaks up the day. I like the idea of us all from the south taking the same route, as if someone is in trouble, someone is bound to find them. Convoy might be difficult if people want to do different speeds, toilet breaks etc.
Also re brake down recovery I will need to check If it includes trailers.
Can you put Lupus on the list?
Thanks Paul, I definitely can put Lupus on the list. Your trailering queries I will leave to others more mechanically minded; I have my trailer checked by my 'man what does' once a year and continue in blind faith. Your idea of having some sort of comms going between those driving from the south, sounds sensible - but safer in every way to have the best breakdown cover you can afford.