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Old 26 June 2005, 13:33   #1
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Where to go - Humber

I shall be staying with friends in Leeds and looking to head to the coast for a day out. The Humber and adjacent coastal areas are within easy reach. Does anyone have any experience of boating around here and can suggest launch sites, destinations, things to see etc.? Thanks.
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Old 29 June 2005, 03:36   #2
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There`s bugger all to see off the east coast of Yorkshire really.
At least on the surface. Some good wrecks but normally poor vis unless at least 15 miles off shore. Flamborough Head is rather pretty and if you go into Robin Hood`s bay for lunch that is an amazing little village. Try the Dolphin pub for lunch. Only problem is the bloody tourists, oh and the rocks on the way in are a nightmare as well.
Best launch is Bridlington. About 16 but includes a tractor(essential, they have a lovely series of photos of a Rangerover disappearing below the waves in the harbourmasters hut).
Whitely is ok within about 3 hours of HW and about 8.
I think it`s possible to launch at Humber Rescue`s slip under the bridge but the Humber is a corrosive brown mess with sand banks that require chart corrections to be telexed to ships daily.
Couple of nice pubs on it`s banks though.
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Biased, but I enjoy the coast from the Tees south to Whitby or north to the Tyne. Launch at Hartlepool Marina (90mins from Leeds), or slipways at Redcar, or Saltburn Beach. Will readily admit that there are better cruising areas though - West of Scotland.

Good places to visit are (From Tees heading South) Saltburn beach (if sea is flat and you dont mind wading in) Staithes (several good pubs for food), Runswick Bay (ditto), Whitby (ditto) and Robin Hoods Bay (more pubs).

The cliffs from Saltburn down to Whitby are impressive, but daunting in a North or North Easterly blow.

Not sure when you are planning this, but I may be out and about in the area

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Fishing Nets - Watch Out!

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Forgot to mention that there are a lot of salmon nets out along the Yorkshire coast at this time of year.

Some are well marked - others are not. Tend to be set perpendicular to the coastline, very close inshore, floating inches beneath the surface. They are left to catch the knackered fish heading back to spawn. I guess that the marked ones are legal and less well marked ones are adding to the illegal catch.

Ran into one of the latter last weekend. 30kts to zero in a very short distance left me with a MOB and a trashed prop. Lesson is make sure you have a spare prop and a good knife.

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We launch at Humber rescue under the bridge makes for an impressive picture, 25 per year (they give you key to the chain across the slip, nice way to donate to the rescue unit) can also launch in Grimsby there's a Marina there I think its 50 for a crane launch.

I'd been pondering a wee cruise upto Spurn Head latterly. Theres lots to see down 't river but as stated water looks like slurry, mind you that didnt bother a whale two they saw 3 months back
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they have a lovely series of photos of a Rangerover disappearing below the waves in the harbourmasters hut
I bet the harbourmaster was pissed off!

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The Harbourmaster?

I'll bet the owner of the Rangie wasn't too pleased!

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The (Harbourmaster) at Brid presides over a beach that at low water goes out as far as the eye can see, with a few of those beach groines and some signs, saying jetskies stay outside this area (which the PWC chappies use as slalom markers).
Nice chap though and helpfull, it was 2 years ago I last kept my Rib there so he might be different now.
No harbour at all really.
The Rangerover owner said, I quote " I`m not paying a fiver to hire a tractor, I`ll launch my Bayliner myself".

Talking about Humber rescue, I have a nasty feeling it was them at Beadnell.
I called out to this Rib, being reversed at speed by the tractor, that his lighting board was still on. He looked over the back and shouted back " It`s ok it`s waterproof". The tractor hit the water, the brakes, the Rib started to slip of the trailer, the Rib hit the lighting rig and the Rib was dragged back up the beach half off the trailer.
How we laughed.

Done it myself though.
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I'll bet the owner of the Rangie wasn't too pleased!
But I want to know how he got the Rangie into the Harbour Master's office in the first place!

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But I want to know how he got the Rangie into the Harbour Master's office in the first place!

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