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Old 03 March 2013, 14:48   #221
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Infact he walked across us at least 4 times!! This could get costly!!
It sure will
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Old 14 March 2013, 14:24   #222
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Just had an email from Macmillan


Hi Ribnet.

Thank you for your recent donation to Macmillan Cancer Support. Your support really will help to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

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Old 15 March 2013, 07:44   #223
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Morning you lot, haven't posted but have been following this for obvious reasons, I've talked to my mate at Foulkes and son on the hamble, he's happy for you to use his slip and pontoons if you want to launch there, I have plenty of space at my place for all the trailers and car, there may be a charge on Anthony side for use of his boatyard but he has said he will add it to the charity, this is something dear to his heart as well as he lost his dad, brother and cousin all in a couple of year to it, as long as we are sensible with parking and launching the offer is there, the slip is almost useable in all states of tide except real low ones and as long as we raft up we won't cause too many problems to his regular customers, my place is under a mile from the boatyard so you can park in mine and walk back to your boat, it's about half hour up the river but its a nice run past all the boatyards, , I hope to do this run myself, but if I don't the offer is still there regardless
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Old 15 March 2013, 08:02   #224
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Nice one Biff

I can also help with launching and parking at Calshot but there will more than likely be a charge but I will talk to them
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I can also confirm that the Harbor master at warsash will cut you guys some slack, you can put your boats on there pontoon while you sort your car and trailer out in the car park, there is only a limited number of trailer parking spaces in the car park, I've been ask to ask you not to take the piss and leave your boats on there for too long, I can also get you a cheap rate for overnight on the visitors berth , go and see the harbour master and say, biff sent you, it will only work for that weekend, don't go mad down there as it will my nuts in the sling
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Old 15 March 2013, 10:11   #226
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I've added a section to the summary document (http://bit.ly/XKWPro) called 'accommodation and launching' with a link to Biff's launching options.

Good to see a list of 30 boats at the moment that may be out on the day for such a good cause.
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I'd really appreciate some advice on accomodation possibilites.

We'll need to trail down Saturday, and were planning to launch at Lymington but as it's a bank holiday weekend what B&B is available is demanding at least 2 if not 3 nights stay - have spent hours looking for somwhere locally and have had the same answer everywhere!. With 4 of us that will be expensive (plus the fact we are staying away at a wedding Fri night!). We don't want the needless expense of paying for 2 nights accomodation and food when we only need 1.

With 2 adults, 2 children we need either a family room that sleeps 4 or 2 rooms.

Might have to rethink Lymington, as launch point but may well find the same problem in the Hamble / Portsmouth area.

Thanks in advance for any tips / leads
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I'd really appreciate some advice on accomodation possibilites.

We'll need to trail down Saturday, and were planning to launch at Lymington but as it's a bank holiday weekend what B&B is available is demanding at least 2 if not 3 nights stay - have spent hours looking for somwhere locally and have had the same answer everywhere!. With 4 of us that will be expensive (plus the fact we are staying away at a wedding Fri night!). We don't want the needless expense of paying for 2 nights accomodation and food when we only need 1.

With 2 adults, 2 children we need either a family room that sleeps 4 or 2 rooms.

Might have to rethink Lymington, as launch point but may well find the same problem in the Hamble / Portsmouth area.

Thanks in advance for any tips / leads
You could launch at Calshot, leave the car there and stay in Cowes in a B&B (download the cowes app for more info) moorings are available but they do get busy.

I will sort out free camping for a few tents on the island but you will have to pay about 10 for moorings.

Most camping around the mainland area will be a 3 day minimum booking too.

Why not turn it into a holiday, Biffer has a house that he rents out on the island and it's very reasonably priced too considering it's like new
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Tempting as it sounds I have to be back at work on the Tues!
Camping isn't a viable option - don't have the kit for a family & it's a lot of hassle for just 1 night.
Will keep thinking.
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Tempting as it sounds I have to be back at work on the Tues!
Camping isn't a viable option - don't have the kit for a family & it's a lot of hassle for just 1 night.
Will keep thinking.
Try here (never been there) and launch with us up the road

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