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Old 31 December 2012, 09:20   #1
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Launching question West Mersea

Hi all, I need a bit of advice; how long either side of HT have I got (on an average tide) to launch and retrieve from the pontoon area at West Mersea? I have launched from Rowhedge area and fished the Colne but I fancy a bash at the Blackwater and maybe even NW Knoll if the conditions are right.
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I'm presuming you mean the hard located to the right of the pontoon, nearest the strood? If so you can manage it at any state of tide to be honest, you just need to be careful of the soft bits. I've put boats in the water when the tide is so low the pontoon isn't even floating. To be safe though, I'd say don't bother 1 hour either side of low water, any other time should be all good. Steer clear of the left hand side of the beach closest the pontoon because the fishermen leave crates of oysters and equipment there and they end up submerged, lots of people end up catching their props on them.

If you don't know Mersea well then don't even bother with the other beach unless it's high tide. Absolute nightmare, we got out trailer stuck there at the start of the year and I know Mersea really well. The army got a massive lorry stuck last year too.
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Thanks for the reply, I was talking about the T shaped pontoon area in general. So I guess the hard between the pontoon and the dabchicks sailing club would be best. I think I'll take a look at very low water to give me an idea about whats submerged round there. It seems a better alternative to launching from Fingringhoe where I live; 2 hours either side of HT or you're stuck!
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Is the beach at Stone not accessible at all states? Granted you can end up up to your armpits in smelly black mud if you put a foot wrong on a spring low, but most of it is shingle.
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Is the beach at Stone not accessible at all states? Granted you can end up up to your armpits in smelly black mud if you put a foot wrong on a spring low, but most of it is shingle.

Do you mean the beach at Stone Point in East Mersea? If so then the problem is that you can't get a vehicle anywhere near it!
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Stone as in Stone. Southern shore,Further downriver than marconi SC, not as far as bradwell. Pub on breakwater at the end of the road.
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Oh Ok, thanks for the heads-up. I don't know it but I will have a look on the chart.
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Why not try Brightlingsea ? It's close to you.
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Why not try Brightlingsea ? It's close to you.
I have launched from there before but parking is a pain and ironically I have a fairly long drive to get there compared to WMersea; it's not far by boat though!
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Funny you should have asked this Maz as I've just logged in to ask the same question.

Taking a holiday cottage in the summer just a few yards up from Dabchicks YC in West Mersea. We'll keep the inflatable at the cottage and wheel it down the road on transom wheels each time we launch. Advice from another boaty forum says to launch down the side of the RNLI boathouse on the area which may or may not be controlled by Peter Clarkes boatyard.

Any other tips from anyone about boating in that area?
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