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Old 29 June 2019, 15:13   #1
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Launching in North Wales

Hi all,

Been away a while due to ill health then work commitments.
I was at colwyn bay today and was going to launch the little sib when I was told I had to register (20 quid) then pay a 20 quid launch fee. They also wanted to see my insurance (which I didn't have with me)
Now, I understand all that if I'm using their slipway but I was going to set it up on the beach and wheel it into the water. I've launched on Nefyn beach without any questions before but it's about 2 years ago.
Is it right that they can charge you to launch from the beach? I thought it was crown property and only charge to use slipway?
Are there any beaches where you can launch without this?
It's only a 6hp sib for God's sake!
Thanks all.
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Been away a while due to ill health then work commitments.

I was at colwyn bay today and was going to launch the little sib when I was told I had to register (20 quid) then pay a 20 quid launch fee. They also wanted to see my insurance (which I didn't have with me)

Now, I understand all that if I'm using their slipway but I was going to set it up on the beach and wheel it into the water. I've launched on Nefyn beach without any questions before but it's about 2 years ago.

Is it right that they can charge you to launch from the beach? I thought it was crown property and only charge to use slipway?

Are there any beaches where you can launch without this?

It's only a 6hp sib for God's sake!

Thanks all.


Speak nicely to Chris Seddon at Ty Calch. He normally charges £20ish to launch & recover you with a tractor. I’m sure he would come to an “understanding” for you to use his slip/car park/toilets.

Hint:- he likes his Belgian & craft beers.
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Old 29 June 2019, 15:41   #3
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Speak nicely to Chris Seddon at Ty Calch. He normally charges £20ish to launch & recover you with a tractor. I’m sure he would come to an “understanding” for you to use his slip/car park/toilets.

Hint:- he likes his Belgian & craft beers.
Thanks.
I just don't get why I need to pay anything when I'm carrying it onto the beach myself.
I don't need any assistance with launching as I have a good little trolley that sits under the transom.
What next? Will I be getting charged for the boy's rubber dinghy?
Plus, I want to be on a big sandy beach so the OH can sunbathe!
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Thanks.
I just don't get why I need to pay anything when I'm carrying it onto the beach myself.
I don't need any assistance with launching as I have a good little trolley that sits under the transom.
What next? Will I be getting charged for the boy's rubber dinghy?
Plus, I want to be on a big sandy beach so the OH can sunbathe!


Once you’re on Crown Foreshore “generally” you are correct. The problem is that getting to the HW mark involves crossing private/council land & that is what you are being charged for. There are plenty of places between Caernarfon & Chris’ that you could launch, but most will involve humping the boat over a sea wall, down a drop, across mud etc. You’re paying for access & convenience.
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Once you’re on Crown Foreshore “generally” you are correct. The problem is that getting to the HW mark involves crossing private/council land & that is what you are being charged for. There are plenty of places between Caernarfon & Chris’ that you could launch, but most will involve humping the boat over a sea wall, down a drop, across mud etc. You’re paying for access & convenience.
So, if I carry it in its bag, across the beach, and assemble beyond the high water line, nobody can stop me?
If that's the case then I'm happy to do so.
I wouldn't mind if it was a fiver or something but 40 quid to get in the water from a public beach with such a small boat seems ludicrous to me.
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So, if I carry it in its bag, across the beach, and assemble beyond the high water line, nobody can stop me?

If that's the case then I'm happy to do so.

I wouldn't mind if it was a fiver or something but 40 quid to get in the water from a public beach with such a small boat seems ludicrous to me.


In theory yes, but councils might have bylaws that catch you out. If it was me, I’d just find somewhere quiet & go for it. There are places along the Menai that you can access the waters edge. Just keep a low profile. If you went onto Anglesey you can virtually pick your spot.
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In theory yes, but councils might have bylaws that catch you out. If it was me, I’d just find somewhere quiet & go for it. There are places along the Menai that you can access the waters edge. Just keep a low profile. If you went onto Anglesey you can virtually pick your spot.
Cheers.
I'll make sure I have my insurance with me in future then I'll just go for it.
If I get challenged then I'll pay up. I'll do the registration because its only a one off per year but I think 20 quid a day to launch is utter madness.
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I launched at Trearrdur Bay a couple of years back and had to produce the insurance and pay the registration fee. If remember correctly, there was only a launch fee if you took the vehicle onto the slip.

My guess is that they're trying to discourage jet skis and the like. Sadly, we all know that there is a sizeable group of people who buy fast watercraft and just wazz about near the shore causing disruption and sometimes putting other water users in danger. Theory is that anyone able to produce the insurance documents and pay the fee is likely to be a more responsible owner. Also, by having a system in place, the authority has a defence that they were not negligent.

For the amount involved, I doubt the takings make it anything like self funding, let alone profit making.
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Compared to insurance, tubes, engines, wheel bearings, trailer brakes, stainless steel a frames, chart plotters, depth Sounders, fixed radios, hand held radios, flares, charts, electronic charts for the mobile devices, props, tops, anchors, warm clothes, wet weather clothes, flasks, food, accommodation, fuel, binoculars, seats, bags, and shined bits that I seem to buy every other week...... compared to that the launch/slip fees are the cheapest part of owning a boat!


... but +1 for Ty Calch for launching. Takes ALL the stress out of it. AND you can get changed and go for a pee
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