Originally Posted by brucehawsker
So far our 'furthest outs' are Mudeford to the West - but we did not get into Christchurch harbour. Depth finder was reading less than 4 feet of water, and our leg is two feet below the transducer, so that gave us 2 feet of clearance. It was near low tide and we had obviously not done it before so we chickened out.
Its always shallow going into christchurch, and the entrance bouys have been taken out for the winter. If anybody does wish to enter christchurch this winter just follow the yellow markers the fishermen have put out but take it slow. The channel is easy to spot because this time of year there are breakers either side, on the sandbanks.
I went out on sunday at low tide (2pm) down the channel and didnt touch the bottom, but I kept the boat just on the plane, to keep the boat level.
Christchurch is well worth a visit, and if anybody requires any information on launching/ facilities/ just ask me, or ashbypower as we are both regular users of christchurch.
Probably best to enter at high tide Bruce, in a new shiny boat like yours!