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Old 14 May 2013, 02:35   #11
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I think if you look at a chart first you'll see the channels are quite obviously marked out. Landing at the western end of Brownsea is popular at the Pottery Pier end where there is a small beach or along the south side where there is also a nice beach if you approach from the direction of Poole Quay you often find a few boats moored around the old pier. If you can get hold of a gps it will make everything easy, check the tides against the chart for depths etc and you'll have access to lots of places in a sib. The south side of Brownsea is the quiet area with a 6 knot limit and a channel you can loop around. I assume you'll launch at Baiter Park so it's a short scoot across to Brownsea and once there you'll be away from the big traffic
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Old 14 May 2013, 03:58   #12
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There are some shallow areas and also speed limits in some areas vary, I would recomend you pick up a chart and have a good study of it before you go. Launching at Baiter should be OK. There is a double tide at Poole so tide table would be useful. The tide can run rather fast through the entrance to the harbour plus lots of commercial traffic. Pop into a chandlers on the way and pick up the chart and the poole harbour guide which will be useful.

A nice trip within the harbour would be to go round brownsea island clockwise and then on up the wareham channel and into the river to wareham for fish and chips, depending upon tides and depth.

Have fun.
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Old 14 May 2013, 04:05   #13
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Watch the Baiter slip at very low tide it has a lip that catches a few out. You'll be on springs this weekend, the currents can be fast on lows in & around the Brownsea channels. I didnt think you're allowed to land on Brownsea as its a conservation area.

Keep to the channels in & out of the harbour, its is really shallow in a lot of places especially if you don't know it. I can vouch for the mud, spent many times stuck in it windsurfing I would avoid the spring lows if I were you especially if touring the harbour.

Might be worth a trip to the pub at Wareham, a trip up the river is quite nice, its a couple of miles upstream.
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Thanks for the advice guys. Can anyone post up the name/postcode of a good chandler?

My girlfriend has done PB2 and another RNLI sea safety course as part of her job so we will have that knowledge to help us.

Chart wise, a quick search has brought up a chart numbered 2300.5 (Poole harbour) looks like a marine ordinance survey kind of thing. Is this what I should be after?
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Old 14 May 2013, 04:14   #15
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At least you have the sense to ask about the local conditions ect
Just make sure you have enough fuel onboard for the day & a waterproof coat .
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Old 14 May 2013, 04:18   #16
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Piplers on Poole Quay will have all the charts, tables and other docs you need.

Pop in to the Marina office on the Quay and pick up a free Poole Harbour guide

Take it easy and have a good time

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If that's Imray chart 2300.5, you'd probably be better off with Admiralty chart 2175 (small craft Poole bay), though it doesn't show up river to Wareham.
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Old 14 May 2013, 05:01   #18
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Hi

As other posts have suggested, a chart is a must for Poole Harbour. There are so many narrow channels, sand bars and shallow areas with deep mud that your trip would be less enjoyable, and more risky, without one.

Also consider viewing the Poole Harbour Commissioners Website for up-to-date harbour news for boaters. There are also some very useful guides, including an overview map that shows speed restrictions and no go areas. It isn't a replacement for a chart though. www.phc.co.uk

Depending on the length of your boat, you might have to pay harbour fees to phc. Again, this is all detailed on their Website.

Enjoy your weekend
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Old 14 May 2013, 07:38   #19
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Blimey - its being made out to sound like a lethal death trap ....

I can meet you at Baiter and give some guidance if you want ..but honestly its a great place for sibbing.
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I agree it is a great place for sibbing. I think its an even better place for sibbing when you are aware of the risks. Those risks being of running aground and turning a great day into a bad one, especially for a 1st timer. Don' recall mentioning a risk of death ;-)
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