Originally Posted by rickuk3
May be time to start thinking about possible alternative destinations, Poole to Studland , Poole to Swanage, or explore the bits of Poole harbour you always mean to see but never do (the worlds second largest harbour).
If you're planning on staying local then you can always have a bit of a burn around in Poole bay. NB although the harbour speed limit is a inapplicable as it is off season it'd be a bit of a p!sser for everyone else to have al load of RIBs screaming around the harbour. After that you can always head up the Wareham channel. Although the trip up the channel is pretty pedestrian (6 knt limit through the nature area) you can tie up at Wareham quay and the sample any of the pubs in the town (only 5 mins walk from quay).
Another option if you're staying in the harbour is to see if the Shell Bay fish restaurant is open. They've got top tucker and I seem to remember they even have a small jetty so that you can moor up and walk straight in.
Shell bay itself is shallow enough that you can take the bows of a RIB straight up onto the beach. Could be good for a beach BBQ, and only just outside the harbour
Just a few thoughts