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Old 01 July 2012, 16:22   #1
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Launching at whistable kent

Anyone have any info about launching at Whitstable in Kent?

I've seen on boat launch that there's a slipway.

Any info on parking, slipway charges and any other info I may need will be appreciated.

Hoping to launch there on Saturday weather permitting.
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Ahhh .. theres a couple.

The one by the Continental I think its owned now by the Waterski club, although the Scouts also have access to the slip.

The second item is actually off the beach (but that may only be with the Scouts), theres some stuff before the scout hut.

The third option is on the public slip by the Yacht Club. We've done it a few times, and its "OK".

Another option is directly from Herne Bay (which has a car park and proper slip), and a 5 minute hoof over to Whitstable.
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Ahhh .. theres a couple.

The one by the Continental I think its owned now by the Waterski club, although the Scouts also have access to the slip.

The second item is actually off the beach (but that may only be with the Scouts), theres some stuff before the scout hut.

The third option is on the public slip by the Yacht Club. We've done it a few times, and its "OK".

Another option is directly from Herne Bay (which has a car park and proper slip), and a 5 minute hoof over to Whitstable.
Thanks for that, might look at Herne bay then. Is Herne bay slip affected by the tide? My SIB is hand launched on launch wheels so don't need to worry about trailering.
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Hi we were there at w/e, couple of slips big one at Herne bay into small harbour usable about 3hrs either side of h/w dries out to sloppy mud, also a smaller one other side of car park which gives you a bit longer to retreive if late back big car park at top of slip for car and trailer free to launch but carpark 10all day for c and t.coins in p/meter there is also a wooded slip at hampton rd but not very good/safe for vehicles poss ok if using launch wheels, hope fuly actions may help as he lives there and has been helpful to me in past.
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Whitstable - Perfectly usable slipramp (wooden) at the edge of the harbour in front of the RNLI building. Useable about 2+1/2 hours either side of high tide and dries to fairly solid sand so perfect for sib with wheels. If launching with a car may need use of a rope if wet as can be slippy.

Parking wise there is plenty of parking around whitstable but very limited in the harbour and on Saturday you'll struggle. Gorrell Tank is a couple of mins walk away and is huge.

Herne Bay - Perfect and in my opnion the one i'd use.
Main slip is useable 3hrs either side of tide and dries to soft "sinking" mud so you can not walk out on it. There is as mentioned a smaller ramp the other side of the car park opposite the cafe which is useable at most states of the tide bar lowest and dries to fairly solid sand so ideal for sib.

Parking - Lots of parking available but can get very busy on weekend. 10 for Car and trailer, or leave trailer in a small trailer bay for free and park car on other side for a few pounds. If this is busy then opposite is the divers arms public house and another car park down that side road which is about 30 seconds away. Alternatively a lot of people launch and get a friend to drive car along seafront towards hampton, park on road for free and jump in boat in beach.

Hampton - Wooden ramp dries and sea goes out some distance. Useable 2 hours either side of HW. Lots of parking and all free. Gets slippy under foot and maybe not that great for sib as wheels may get stuck on ramp.

Herne Bay has the added benefit of it being staffed at weekends and they are very very helpful. His name is Doug and sits in the hut by the ramp.

Well hope that lots helps and have a great day out
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Hi we were there at w/e.
Forgot to ask, how did you get on, was the wind ok or did it move more westerly. I've been working all weekend so never got a chance to pop my head out to have a look.
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aha ... well keep an eye out for a bright yellow small Ribcraft, we'll be around Friday evening and Saturday.

Theres gonna be 100 or so Scouts out on the water over the weekend (weather forgiving).

We've got a tractor to get us in, so not so much of an issue. Even so I've seen boats end up "upside down" from a launch so a bit of care is required.
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Matt yes we took boat out from Herne bay sun about 9.45 till about 1.00pm wind was more westerly, sea a bit choppy going to whit direction but good comming back, as we had friends with children with us we only stayed around bay area so all got a go went round end of pier very rough but ok . good day out thanks again for your advice.

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Thanks for all the help.
Will have to wait and see what the weather does.
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and the weather was great yesterday and on Friday, did you make it out? ... we'd been out and did see the lifeboat return on Friday.

Rescue mission for rescue equipment
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