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Old 19 August 2014, 18:56   #1
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Kent boat launch

Hi,
I have a 3.5m on trailer and am new to this
Any one recommend an ideal launch place near Deal??
Thanks in advance
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Old 19 August 2014, 19:02   #2
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Sandwich town key into the stour at HW is excellent for a small boat but avoid LW +/- 3-4hrs. It's free to use but parking isn't.

I'm from Thanet so apart from main slip into Dover harbour (also excellent and free) I'm not aware of anything west of sandwich sorry but I'd be guessing the pebble beaches mean there aren't many good launch sites.

The western undercliff (through the ferry tunnel) at Ramsgte is also good. You need a key / licence from TDC however.
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Old 19 August 2014, 19:05   #3
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Thanks..
Was thinking sandwich would be a good location but wasn't sure if it was still there since they built the wall along there, will take a look tomorrow.
Are there any restrictions (apart from speed) along the river?
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Old 19 August 2014, 19:10   #4
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Well to be fair it was LAST summer when they were building it all that I motor'd past & slip was still there and accessible although the town quay was fenced off and I couldn't stop for fish and chips ;-((

Do let me know.

Nothing significant to worry about in the river. Keep a Sharp eye for channel marks near the mouth and out of the entrance they aren't always where you expect them and it is essential to keep to the channel.

I would advise against going to the mouth / out to sea without a sounder or someone who's done it before aboard (or both). It's a tricky channel first time although simple enough once you've been shown.
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Ok thanks, very useful info..

Will have a drive down and let you know..
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Had a look at sandwich today, the slip is still there and a grass area just left of the slip way for trailers.. Will give it a go.
Thanks for the advice.
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I was up at sandwich marina yesterday (access through sandwich industrial estate if you weren't aware) they have a nice slip which they use for craning and travel hoist work but can also be used by paying public at 10 each way.
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Cheers
Have just heard there is a festival on Saturday around the quay so will be very busy. Do you know if you can get them in further down river l towards or at at grove ferry?
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Hi not sure how far herne bay is from you but has a large fee slipway into sheltered harbour useable about 3hrs either side of h/w, pay to park about 11 all day inc trailer just at top of slip shops/cafe etc all along prom.
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Many years ago I used the slip at the boat yard opposite side of the road from grove ferry pub (on the right after the level crossing). He does / did boat hire etc and charged me next to nothing but best check first if say he may not be there anymore !!

There is a small un-maintained slip at fordwich. I used to use it a lot but in recent years the council have erected a sign saying slip closed. It's in a poor state of repair but not closed off in any way. Coming from the main road it's on the right as you go over the narrow humb back bridge. Pub car pack adjacent (private) so ask in pub about leaving trailer / offer to buy lunch on your return??
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