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Old 25 October 2004, 16:02   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Nutbourne
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Make: Porter
Length: 6m +
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Traffic off Hayling is at its worst late on sunny Sunday/Bank Holiday afternoons when the whole world wants to go back to London and points north. It can back up almost to the seafront. Get your timing right (mid afternoon or late evening) and it is not too much of a problem.
As t'other Roy says Northney (not Langstone) marina is a good launch site. I believe it is £8.00 each way or £165 p.a. for unlimited launches. Very handy for Havant Tesco, which sells the cheapest petrol around here and being close to the bridge, bypasses most of the traffic jam.
There are nearly 9,000 (yep, nine thousand) swinging moorings in Chichester harbour and they all have a boat. Some belong to sailing clubs, most belong to the harbour conservancy, and some are private. Have a word with the harbour office. for info.
Eastney Cruising Association (ECA) is popular with several RibNetters. They have boat parking and the slip is right in Langstone entrance, much closer to the solent & IOW. I am sure someone will fill you in on that side of things.

Mark H
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Old 25 October 2004, 18:23   #12
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Town: Oakley
Boat name: Zerstörer
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Don't believe what people say about getting on to Hayling Island. Its really no worse than anywhere else in the UK at the moment. Given a crap non investing government and crap local councils. If its Engalnd and you want a good time you will be penalised.

PM me and I will tell, you all about Northney Marina. Thats the marina you come to after just getting mon the island.

I cxan also tell you all you need to know aboiut Langstone Harbour.

And save you some money.

However IMHO the best place to launch in that area if you are travelling is Warsash.

Regards Biggles.

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Old 26 October 2004, 01:57   #13
Country: UK - England
Town: Portsmouth
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ROY, I have lived on Hayling Island for many years and wouldnt live anywhere else.My office is in Portsmouth. The only times that there is any traffic to worry about is on a very hot, sunny weekend when everyone has been to the beach but is no worse than anyother seaside town and when the horse brigade exersise their right to ride their horses on the road at peak traffic times!. If I leave home at 07.30 I am always in my office by 07.50 coming home takes a little longer.
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