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Old 13 May 2013, 17:55   #1
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First time at Poole

Hello chaps


I'll be taking my SIB down to Poole harbour for the first time this weekend. I know this is a popular area and was hoping some advice could be offered regarding a couple of things on my mind:

- It's shallow, do I need to keep away from anywhere? Do I need to watch out at lower tide times or is it still mainly accessible?

- islands, are there any I can land on, like Brownsea for instance?

- outside of the harbour, if its calm would it be safe for a quick dash towards old Harry or down towards Bournemouth pier? Are there any hidden rocks etc as i don't have a chart of the area.

I was planning on launching at Baiter which I've heard is good for SIBs. First time on the sea with my 18hp 2stroke Tohatsu so quite excited!
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Old 13 May 2013, 18:02   #2
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Are there any hidden rocks etc as i don't have a chart of the area.
I'd invest a few quid and get one
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Old 13 May 2013, 18:15   #3
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Hello chaps


I'll be taking my SIB down to Poole harbour for the first time this weekend. I know this is a popular area and was hoping some advice could be offered regarding a couple of things on my mind:

- It's shallow, do I need to keep away from anywhere? Do I need to watch out at lower tide times or is it still mainly accessible?

- islands, are there any I can land on, like Brownsea for instance?

- outside of the harbour, if its calm would it be safe for a quick dash towards old Harry or down towards Bournemouth pier? Are there any hidden rocks etc as i don't have a chart of the area.

I was planning on launching at Baiter which I've heard is good for SIBs. First time on the sea with my 18hp 2stroke Tohatsu so quite excited!
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Old 13 May 2013, 18:18   #4
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I would too. There's a chain ferry that won't give way to you,a sand bar (Hook Sands) just outside the harbour, a long line of rocks (marked by poles)called the Training Bank as well, and a big sand bar just inside the harbour mouth.

Various areas of the harbour are very very shallow at low water as well. Plus hordes of yachts/powerboats that'll seem to be trying to run you down. Poole will feel daunting.


And yes wiLlfie, I was thinking that too. Someone more eloquent can tell him...
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Could always try Christcurch, half hr away, if bad weather a sheltered river and if fine sea is easily accessible, but speed limits prevent blasting about.
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I'm aware of the chain ferry and other large boats as I've been a tourist at Brownsea and a tourist in the area in general many times.

This will be the first time I've used my own boat though.

Yes I do have a killcord, flares, life jackets etc.
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I'm not kidding when I say Poole can be very scary. Most of the harbour is a 10 knot limit,but behind Brownsea (or pretty much anywhere with heath land on the shore) is a 6 knot limit.It IS enforced. If you're going into the 6 knot limits and go aground, don't get out of the boat or you may sink without trace. The mud is dangerous-it has springs running under it and can suck you down.

Look up the bridge lifting times and avoid them going both in and out. It'll mean you're not caught up in the suicidal rush of nobburs from Cobbs Quay.

If you haven't done it, you REALLY should take the PB2 before you go out on the sea.
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A VHF and handheld gps would be good.

If you go you need to remember where the slip is so look at the landmarks when leaving the slip. Sounds silly but you'll see what I mean on the way back
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