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Old 03 April 2003, 08:40   #251
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Graeme, there are 15 other RIB's going, so i'm sure someone will give you a hand be it in the boat, with the trailer, in the car or whatever.

I too have no idea what the slip is like, boatlaunch is good but not that good at discribing if you can or can't use your car! I'm more than happy to volunteer to give you a hand - we can even arrange a time if you like, but i'll be there Sat a.m.

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Old 03 April 2003, 09:15   #252
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Slip nr Mayflower

Graeme,

Slipway is not actually at the marina but just the other side of the appartment block adjacent to the marina. It is on boatlaunch as "Slipway near mayflower marina". Not ideal for solo launch and recovery as nowhere really to tie up once launched. However as Daniel points out there should be enough people around to give you a hand.

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Old 03 April 2003, 10:33   #253
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Originally posted by Brian
OK these are all the names I have.
Any more for any more?

With Boats (i.e. Skippers):

Charles St.Clair-Bolam Charles
Manos (?OK or not?) Manos
Daniel Hawkes Daniel
Martin Stacey MStacey
David Clarkson Clarky
Andre Scott Andre
Mike Garside MikeGarside
Alan Winnett Alan
Brian Elliott Brian
Andy Micklewright AndyMickelwrigh
Keith Hart Keith Hart
Richard Bateson Pepper
Aging Youth (com'mon! Own up! Name??)
Mike Carson Mike C
David Williams DGPW

Without boats or not (necessarily!) skippers:

Chris Lowe CJL
Alan Priddy
John Kennett
John Coates Crazyhorse
Sue Coates Crazyhorse
James Elford Jelly
Di Garside
Wiesia Scott

Well I'd add

Paul Beaurain
Bernie Hanrek

Who I believe are joining me on BOB the yellow rib.
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Old 03 April 2003, 11:22   #254
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Hi does anyone know if the slip is suitable for a normal car to launch? I don't like my boot full of water!
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Old 03 April 2003, 13:31   #255
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I looked at that slip about 6 years ago and decided it was too tricky for me. (I was new at it!) It was also very slippy at low tide and the man in the local boatyard said he had seen a couple of cars in trouble that day. The other main difficulty is you can't turn right at the top of the slip with a long trailer..... and left is a block end, (boat yard actually). So there will have to be a bit of shunting I think! Also it's not very wide and there is a wall on one side and a drop on the other. Other wise it's great! I went and used Queen Anne’s Battery instead.... shallow wide slip, pontoon etc.

Having said that, QAB is costly and I am very mean now. Plus, 6 years ago I had only had my first boat for about a month and I couldn't back-up very well. Since then I've launched at many places including Dover, (which is even narrower), loads of times and not fallen off the edge yet.....

So, to sum up, an ordinary car MAY have difficulty at low tide... (Lots of us have 4 wheel drive so we can help though). It's not the easiest slip but 6 years on I think I can manage it OK. So see what you think when you get there and there's always QAB if you're rich and chicken!

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Old 03 April 2003, 13:34   #256
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PS,

Boatlaunch page link forthe slip is

http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/main/sit...yflower.jpg&w=

PPS,
It looks worse at low tide!
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Old 03 April 2003, 13:37   #257
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OK, Im In. Topaz will be there - and as Mike knows I am not the worlds best reverser with a trailer - but Im sure there will be lots of help on the day

Looking forward to it

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Old 03 April 2003, 17:59   #258
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Hi folks,
As confirmed to Charles a while back, i am hopeing to join you but cannot confirm yet due to work. Am in US until Easter and will hopefully be able to confirm after that. If myself (and hopefully Cherie) can make it, we will stay in Holiday Inn. Not sure about boat though. May well bring the County Scout 5.45m Ribcraft.
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Old 04 April 2003, 07:26   #259
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DONT FORGET THE IRISH!!!!!!

Gavin and myself are fully booked and ready to party!!!!!

NO boat though

Dont fancy a 800 mile tow!!!
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Old 04 April 2003, 08:27   #260
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SLIPWAY

The Slipway shouldn't be too much trouble with 2WD car but anyway there should be enough 4x4s around to help out. The biggest problem (literally) is turning a 7.5m Boat on trailer & tow vehicle around once recovered. Last time some helpful folks in the appartments next door opened their gate to give us that vital extra few feet! Again with enough people around and a little bit of teamwork we should be able to overcome things!

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