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Old 20 May 2012, 05:03   #1
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Crossing the Solent.

Morning all,
This Thursday I am hoping to cross the Solent in my SIB.
I haven't done this before all though I have SIBed In the Solent many times.
I am going from Lymington to Fort Victoria to meet some friends for lunch.
I've checked the tides and they are fairly small an the wind is fairly low but i suppose this could change.
Am I right in saying that the slipway to use is the one by the RNLI station?
If so where to park? Who do I pay etc?
Any advice on the crossing and launching and things to look out for such as the big wight ferry!
Thanks in advance.
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Old 20 May 2012, 07:57   #2
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Where are you planning to land at Fort Victoria?
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Yep the slip is where the RNLI station is - next to the harbour master and the lido. I think you pay at the harbour master for the launch (I've got a season ticket). Car parking is quite steep (especially if you have a trailor and have to buy two tickets) so i tend to go back out the car park, turn left (past the pub) and park on that road or one of the side roads.
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Where are you planning to land at Fort Victoria?
On the beach I hope?
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Watch out for the wash of the IOW ferry.

It will send you going around in circles...
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Old 21 May 2012, 13:03   #6
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Watch out for the wash of the IOW ferry.

It will send you going around in circles...
Haha, cheers mate.
I will wait for a gap.

Any views on the weather and tide front?

I will be launching at near high water.
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You should be fine for launching at high water. They usually display weather and tides on a board at the top of the slip which is handy. To be honest, you should be fine to launch and recover at all states of the tide. Weather wise, it looks to be a nice week, I would just check the winds a bit near the time to make sure it's not too strong.

If you head down towards Hurst spit, watch the tides around there as they can be strong and cause some overalls, but nothing to worry about, just keep a good look out.

Go for it, you will have fun. I launched there on Saturday, was all good. And on the parking front, do as has been mentioned above.
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And on the parking front, do as has been mentioned above, out the car park, turn left past the Mayflower Pub, and they park along that road. No yellows or anything.
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If you head down towards Hurst spit, watch the tides around there as they can be strong and cause some overalls, but nothing to worry about, just keep a good look out.
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it may sound daft but being new to all this what is overalls and how would it affect my sib?
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As mentioned, you should be OK to launch at virtually all states of the tide. I use this slip fairly regularly, and used to launch my old XS550 at all states of the tide, only nearly came unstuck once, when at the bottom of a really low spring tide, I came close to not being able to pull boat and trailer out, even using a long line. I have to be a little more careful with the current boat, the trailer stays firmly hitched to the car, but you should be OK.
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