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Old 09 July 2004, 17:59   #1
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Ferry slipway,Dartmouth

I,m off to sunny(I hope) devon in august,I plan to launch at the ferry slipway and leave the boat in the Dart marina.
Does anyone have experience of the ferry slipway particularly regarding launching at low states of tide(front wheel drive car)and dodging the ferry-how long before you are in the way?
Also any other good tips for this area,particularly regarding spots for inflatable towing,sandy beaches(where and any laws re approaching) and how far to salcombe/torquay etc.
Also good eateries/pubs approachable from the water and hazards long the coast-overfalls rocks etc.
I,ve got a plotter and charts but after a bit of local knowledge...
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Talk to me on monday at the Churchillian. We had a land based holiday in the South Hams in June.
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Old 10 July 2004, 06:35   #3
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You should be OK on the Higher Ferry Slip at low water. Its not too steep and wide enough to approach at a slight angle, especially if you are launching on a rising tide, ie the chain ferry is pushed up river slightly.

Try "Blackpool Beach" west out of the enterance to Dartmouth, just a couple of miles, sandy, cafe etc.

Nice slow trip up the river Dart (can get all the way to Totnes on the tide) to Dittisham and lunch in the Pub by the water thier - One nav concideration - in the middle of the river halfway up the RED channel marker is well over to starboard and its on a big rock!!! it is a port marker so move well over to the right when going up river.

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Here you will find a great deal of local info related to the Cruise I organise in the area for biboa. This is on the "About" page.
On the "Waypoints" page you will find all the distances and bearings.

Torquay (Torbay, Brixham etc) is about 13 miles away.
PM me direct if you want some more detailed info. I have always wondered about trailer parking with your car at Datmouth. Perhaps you will be able to tell me the answer!

I can recommend an "outside" Italian type place for breakfast/brunch in Dartmouth. It is in the backstreet near where you moor up on the pontoon at "the Russian gun" (not a pub, but a Russian gun!) by the Lower Ferry. The cafe is called something like Quo Vadis or something, can never remember its name-but it's famous locally.
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HI there,
I`ve used the ferry slipway and the Dart Marina Slipway.
The mairna one has a drop at the end and dry until it is completely unusable. The Dart Marina Hotel do not like you parking, pausing, or laucnhing a boat from there. The nearest car park is five mins walk but they want double price for parking a trailer. The Ferry Slip is pretty good. Just watch out when the ferry is on his way in as he wont stop for nothing! The concrete is in good condition and I did not see any drops or rocks. You can obviously park in the same place. We did not get got for any launching fees at either but it was December!

Have you thought about Salcombe?

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Try "Blackpool Beach" west out of the enterance to Dartmouth, just a couple of miles, sandy, cafe etc.
I think Blackpool sands is a private (have to pay to go on it) beach.

We have used Slapton sands a few times with the dive club. The water is deep so you can drive the boat right up to the beach. There are no speed restrictions so you can tow skiers or inflatables and there is a pub in the middle.
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I had thought about Slapton myself but my ex said avoid it cause lots of cars get stuck. Perhaps its OK if you have a 4x4?

Plus it is quite a beautiful bay to play in!

There is a very good Pub up the road called the Tradesman in Stokenham. Tucked away on the Chillington Road. Much better than the Slapton Pub which gets VERY busy with tourists. Some nice guest beers too!

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You only have to pay to use Blackpool beach if you arrive by car. there is nothing to stop you arriving by boat just keep to the right as you look at the beach as the left is boyed off for swimmers. It's not actually sand but very fine gravel makes the water nice and clear but difficult to get an anchor to take, it drops of very steep so you can take the boat right to the beach to drop people off.
There are also two coves just between Blackpool and Slapton which are only accessable by boat which are less crowded than the main areas but no facilities.
If you have kids be aware that the start of Slapton is a nudist beach.

It's a great area for boating had some smashing days around there hope you bring some sun with you as the last few weeks have been very dissapointing.

When you come in and out of Dartmouth the castle used to be the 5knot start for the river but I think the harbour authority are trying to push it out to the channel bouy, I have seen people getting stopped for speeding in the outer area this year but don't know exactly the rules at the moment.

Hope you have a good time might see you out there or in Torbay.
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Correct about the speed limit. I thas been the outer buoys for quite a long time. If you look at the Ad charts you can clearly see the habour limit and that is the end of the 5 kn limit.
The Higer Ferry Slip isnot very steep so you may need to use a rope between your car and trailer to enable you to get into the water far enough. It is also not very wide so beware when reversing and trailers going off the side is not unheard of as ther is no curb or barrier. There is normally a queue as only 1 person can launch at a time and the ferry's wash causes most boats being lauched to move in all sorts of directions. Watch out for the weed and slime from about 1/2 tide as the slip gets very slippery!!

Have you thought of Brixham? Wide concrete slip, steep enough to keep car onto trailer, parking for car and trailer is right there as is the MDL Marina in Brixham. Dart Marina is not the cheapest!

Let me know if you would like any other info.

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