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Old 01 March 2015, 15:21   #11
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Have nt had much boating around there but plenty of kayaking. There's a ledge just off the slipway and more to the right of the slipway. If you head straight out your usually fine. You Can speak to the guys in the dorset wildlife trust next to the slipway for some better advice
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Old 01 March 2015, 19:01   #12
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Thanks for the advice Luke, looking forward to this outing
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Old 02 March 2015, 04:14   #13
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We've launched at Kimmeridge many times over the years. A bit pricey if not shared tho? Steep slipway of concrete, just make sure your engine is tilted up as far as possible when motoring, follow the line of mooring bouys out on the left til you get deeper water & nice & slow!!!!!!!!
We usually have a 'spotter' on the bow checking for the odd big rock that has your name on it!
You can launch at all states of the tide but there is a ledge that the trailer wheels may drop over & onto the sand. best to stop just short unless you've got a powerful 4x4 that can pull it up & over? Hope this helps?
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Kimmeridge is OK but watch out for rocks at low water. Gets very busy with dive clubs in the summer. Lots of parking though.

Definitely stick to the channel.
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Old 02 March 2015, 16:37   #15
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Thanks for advice everyone, towing speedboat with Vivaro van and wondered how steep the slip was at Kimmeridge for problems pulling it out, cant really tell from picture on boatlaunch
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Yea, you'll be ok with a Vivaro van. A bit slimey on low tide, maybe get a couple of heavyweights to sit on the bonnet? lol
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Kimmeridge is OK as a slip but at the bottom it is broken up so, as already stated, avoid low tide. Swanage is much steeper but you have the man with a tractor if you have problems.

Parking is a pain at Swanage at the weekend as well.

Another good slip a bit further west is Bowleaze cove just East of Weymouth. Good parking and a good slip. Nice cafe nearby as well.
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Thanks for advice, if I get chance will go and have a look around and see what campsite to use, problem with a van is a lot of campsites will not allow vans on
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Bowleaze can be a rough launch/recovery in anything windy as its open to the westerly winds & southerly winds you get a good swell. Good spot otherwise but busy on weekends.

Kimmeridge has plenty of nasty surprises lurking below, have lost a few skegs windsurfing in the bay as the tide drops.

Baiter at Poole is an easy option fine in anything but a gale F6+ & its about 15/20mins motoring around to Swanage
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[QUOTE=jokaboat;668831]Kimmeridge is OK as a slip but at the bottom it is broken up so, as already stated, avoid low tide. Swanage is much steeper but you have the man with a tractor if you have problems.

Parking is a pain at Swanage at the weekend as well.

Another good slip a bit further west is Bowleaze cove just East of Weymouth. Good parking and a good slip. Nice cafe nearby as well.[/QUO


I take it insurance must be shown at Bow lease and Poole
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