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Old 15 March 2005, 19:21   #1
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Just an average day in the uk

I just thought I would add this pic to show an average day in the UK.

This was taken on the south coast of England near the Solent. It shows our slipways.

Any comments are left to visitors.

However I personally feel as though I have to hunt for my entrance to the sea.

Any comments are welcomed.

Maybe somebody could enlighten me on a slipway on the English South Coast that is :-

a) Well maintained.

b) Easily accesible.

c) Has free and secure parking.

I bet you can't ..........................
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Old 15 March 2005, 20:50   #2
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Not just the Enlish south coast - there are several slips around Swansea that are fenced off!!!
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Old 16 March 2005, 02:23   #3
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Boatlaunch.com is a good source of slipway ifo. I think your request for free parking is probably fanciful in these times, as it is a major source of revenue for councils

Out of interest how much would you pay for secure parking and good launch facilities

But off the top of my head It's gonna be

Daedulus in Lee on the Solent

Cross house road Southampton

Town Quay Southampton (not sure about free parking)

Ltmington Town Slipway (not sure about free parking)

Bedhampton ?
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The slipway at Hythe Marina used to be pretty good, very popular with Southampton Boatshow exhibitors.

I assume it's still free, with loads of parking.
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It does make my blood.........

...........boil. I wonder, is there some way one can site the "Right to Roam" act in such instances ? I'll investigate......... Not that it would do you any good when you pull up and find a £19.99 padlock stands between you and a good day out !

Addendum.... I took a look at this and the Ramblers Association web site but was unable to find anything of use. http://www.ramblers.org.uk/freedom/

http://www.waterscape.com/boating/
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Maybe somebody could enlighten me on a slipway on the English South Coast that is :-

a) Well maintained.

b) Easily accesible.

c) Has free and secure parking.
Why do you think you should be able to expect free and secure parking? Or free anything for that matter! Free unsecure parking is hard enough to come by at the best of times, but who's going to pay for the security?

You didn't mention the cost for actually using the slipway. Should that be free too?

As ever www.boatlaunch.co.uk is the best source of launching info. Camber Dock in Portsmouth, and Northney Marina on Hayling Island both meet requirements a and b and have reasonably secure parking -- they're not free though

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The slipway at Hythe Marina used to be pretty good, very popular with Southampton Boatshow exhibitors.

I assume it's still free, with loads of parking.
The council recently started charging £5 for parking. It’s a pretty secure place though as they have CCTV and the security guards make regular patrols, not to mention the nosy residents.

If only they would install a public hose it would be perfect.
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If only they would install a public hose it would be perfect.
Should that not read Public House?
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Why do you think you should be able to expect free and secure parking? Or free anything for that matter! Free unsecure parking is hard enough to come by at the best of times, but who's going to pay for the security?

You didn't mention the cost for actually using the slipway. Should that be free too?

As ever www.boatlaunch.co.uk is the best source of launching info. Camber Dock in Portsmouth, and Northney Marina on Hayling Island both meet requirements a and b and have reasonably secure parking -- they're not free though

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Why not??? Free parking isn't free anyway - we pay more than enough in council tax as it is. There used to be quite a few slips in the Swansea area years ago that were free to use - now they have just been fenced off without any chance even to complain.

You also used to be able to launch boats off many beaches - these days most beaches have been closed to all vehicles - Pendine Sands being a classic example. It was the home of British Land speed records for many years - many people used to enjoy driving on the beach and there were NEVER any problems - until the council did a "risk assessment" and have now closed the beach!!!
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Biggles,

I'd echo what people say re boatlaunch website.

Specifically though, try free public slip at Swanwick (near Moody's) behind the Old Ship pub. Free car park and room to move about. Bit of a trip down the Hamble, but you can always do some yacht-gazing. Shingly but OK and not so good on a low tide. Watch the mud off the side.

Alternatively Warsash (free) - bit closer to Southampton water also free car park next door (gets full and limited times) and another a couple of hundred yards away. Also has pub opposite.

Can't comment on security - just lock up in line with your insurance! But as they say, 2 out of 3 ain't bad (or maybe 2.5 if you count the pubs)

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