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Old 28 July 2015, 18:59   #1
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As the title says can you launch a sib from West Bexington Devon or is it Dorset not to sure.
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Old 29 July 2015, 02:21   #2
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As the title says can you launch a sib from West Bexington Devon or is it Dorset not to sure.
If you want to carry it down the Beach and over the Shingle.....Yep Beach launch only...
Just make sure it's nice and calm!....you do get a pretty big Surf/Surge on the Chesil with any sort of Sea..which makes things very awkward to say the least!

As an aside,I was talking to the founder of Ribcraft a while ago,he was at the same spot fishing with his friend from the Beach many years ago....
When a Guy along came along,Rolled out a tiny inflatable pumped it up,strapped on a small outboard,and was boat fishing some distance from the shore within a few minutes!
......The rest, as they say is History!
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Old 29 July 2015, 03:52   #3
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If you want to carry it down the Beach and over the Shingle.....Yep Beach launch only...
Just make sure it's nice and calm!....you do get a pretty big Surf/Surge on the Chesil with any sort of Sea..which makes things very awkward to say the least!

As an aside,I was talking to the founder of Ribcraft a while ago,he was at the same spot fishing with his friend from the Beach many years ago....
When a Guy along came along,Rolled out a tiny inflatable pumped it up,strapped on a small outboard,and was boat fishing some distance from the shore within a few minutes!
......The rest, as they say is History!
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If you want to carry it down the Beach and over the Shingle.....Yep Beach launch only...
Just make sure it's nice and calm!....you do get a pretty big Surf/Surge on the Chesil with any sort of Sea..which makes things very awkward to say the least!
+1 I'd be very wary of beach launching anywhere off Chesil Beach. Even in benign conditions the surf can be vicious & un-predictable. The beach shelves steeply & is soft underfoot due to the shifting pebbles/gravel, depending on which end of the beach you're at. Eype could be worth a look as an alternative.
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Will be giving that one a miss.
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Wise decision Dave3235, a treacherous stretch of water.
If you wish to use your SIB in that area you can launch easily at West Bay on the slipway, it is only a few miles up the coast from to West Bexington.
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Wise decision Dave3235, a treacherous stretch of water.
If you wish to use your SIB in that area you can launch easily at West Bay on the slipway, it is only a few miles up the coast from to West Bexington.
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Is there a lanching fee at West Bay thanks
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Is there a lanching fee at West Bay thanks
There is for boats/trailers etc, I'm not sure what would happen if you pitched with an inflated SIB & carried it down the slip. Personally the relative cost of being able to use, slip/pontoon into sheltered water is worth every penny. The ONLY times I have ever damaged a boat, have been when beach launching/recovering
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Yes, fees apply at West Bay however, I do not know the cost as I never go to West Bay boating.
A free launch is located at Castletown on Portland if cost is an issue and it is into the relatively safe waters of Portland harbour, you will need to have a harbour permit though.
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West Bay is if I remember rightly 18. I've seen a sib be charged for, also, you'll be required to show insurance. Get's so busy in high season that I've stopped using it for my hard boat. It is possible to launch a sib down the beach directly to the west of the slip. I did that one evening last year when many had left. Regarding Eype, also viewed this last year with a view to launching. Well, I'm a fairly fit guy but no way I'd carry a boat and outboard from car park to beach, maybe with two of you but still a toughie.
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