Long time, no post, I know, but I've not had anything to say!
However, today I managed to achieve a small victory and took our SIB over to Cardiff Bay and launched out of the Channel View slipway.
A lovely slipway.
If you have a RIB and a trailer.
Not so smart - in my opinion - if you have a SIB with launching wheels.
I'm guessing there are some security issues down there, because the major issue I encountered is that the walkway and the slipway don't follow each other all the way up the slope. So for a lone SIBber, you can get your boat just so far in towards the slipway, then you have to sprint back down the walkway, then back up to the top of the slipway, then back down to the bottom and hope that your boat hasn't been taken by the wind.
Today I was helped by some newbies who were similarly baffled as to how this might be a smooth operation. If I was by myself, I'm not sure how this would have worked.
However, on the plus side, Cardiff Bay is a lovely place to spend a few hours tooling around.
So in summary, I'd just like to let other solo pilots know that launching and recovering from Channel View - which at first sight is a lovely slipway - ain't that straightforward for a solo SIBber, unless I've just been a complete muppet!
That gert copper covered building's well wicked though, now