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Old 27 May 2011, 15:28   #1
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Tall Ships Greenock

Looking to visit tall ships when in Greenock 10th July.
Where is best place to slip 4.7m RIB and park car trailer safely?
Thought Inverkip might be best although there will be a cost.
Is there parking at the Greenock slips?
Any advice welcome.
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Old 28 May 2011, 04:36   #2
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helensbugh pier has a slip usable 3hrs each side high water and good car parking and will be away from car ect traffic
i used this slip for many years with 6m flatacraft and twin axle trailer
may be weedy from lack of use
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I usually launch at Largs Yacht Haven when out on the Clyde. It's a bit of a run up to Greenock but good fun. Good, sheltered, non tidal slip with pontoons for tyeing up, also secure parking for car/trailer. 16 for self launch/recover or 140 per year self launch. Largs also has the public slip (tidal)round from the haven with good parking and the RNLI slip in Largs (difficulty parking).
Others I've used, Kip Marina (charge for self launch) and the slip at the (now demolished and replaced by houses) Adams boatyard in Gourock, parking can be difficult here but if your lucky you can get the trailler on the flat area next to the slipway and park the car on the road.
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Old 28 May 2011, 12:16   #4
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Thanks for your replies.
Have considered most of these but Largs seems best idea and saves me towing too far.
16 doesn't seem too bad for day if everything is secure.
Do I need to arrange in advance or can i just turn up on the day?
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there is 2 free slips with ample parking in port glasgow which is about 5 mins sail from where the tall ships will be berthed.

i launch my boat at newark public slipway at port glasgow with no problems.

if you want to go the other way there is a free slip at gourock in cardwell bay.

i've never had a problem with either with coming home to no trailer but there is a chance anywhere you go i guess.

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Thanks.
is there ample parking at both sites bearing in mind it could be a busy weekend?
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Last time I checked the slip out at Kip it wasn't wonderful. The chandlery on the other hand is excellent...... There is a "slip" on the beach just downriver of the marina, see boatlaunch for details.

Largs would be my 1st choice, or if you end up Helensburgh side there is also a slip at Rhu near the Outdoor centre. Be aware it's not the nice concrete on you can see in the satellite pics, that is the centre's and they don't like you usung it! The slip I occasionally use is about 100 yds Rhu side of the concrete one, and is OK if you don't mind a pebble beach at low tide. I think it's on Boatlaunch too.
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I might come to this if I am about that weekend, however I will launch from Dunoon on the other side........
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Thanks for your replies.
Have considered most of these but Largs seems best idea and saves me towing too far.
16 doesn't seem too bad for day if everything is secure.
Do I need to arrange in advance or can i just turn up on the day?
You should be alright just showing up but I'd give them a bell just to confirm. Security barriers block access to the marina but park the car/boat in one of the public car parking areas and walk along to Reception. After you've paid they'll raise the barrier and let you in. Just watch out for big Neil in his tractor, he's normally at the slipway. Hoses/jetwash etc available for washing down the RIB afterwards.

If I ever get the scaffolding down from the house I might manage to get the boat out and take a trip up myself.
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Yeah, just rock up & press the buzzer on the barrier intercom. They can see you from the office, and if you have trailer & ask about launching they'll let you in. Plenty of places near the office to park & go to pay / get instructions / toilet keycode etc.

I'm not going to tempt fate & say I may actually be free just yet, but if I am will probably see you there...
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