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Old 23 December 2015, 18:48   #11
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If you do end up at Mersea on the 29th tides are perfect... high is around 2.30pm which means you will have plenty of water from around 10am-11am... be out on a rising tide and within 1.5hrs past high still with loads of water it will probably be later than you want to stay out this time of year.

Toilets & wash/change facillities at the head of the pontoon open 8am to 6pm.

Do remember to use the slip immediately adj the current lifeboat station down between the stored boats... not the wide but very muddy one opp the junction with Firs Chase.

The preferred slip is here... https://goo.gl/maps/GgV7jzcFWe52

Just one caution on that slip... if you look at the image below and imagine facing the water best to launch over the top of or to the right of the rightmost of the two pairs of metal launch rails. On the left hand one there is nearly always stored clutter (as seen in the image) that covers once the tide is in a bit and could produce a prop tangle situation.
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Old 24 December 2015, 04:48   #12
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Hmmmmm... not looking perfect ATM, but it's so changeable at the minute we'll see
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Old 24 December 2015, 05:20   #13
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Not nice for smallcraft when it's really blowing but bear in mind you could do a fair bit of the lower speed running in in what are effectively inland waters and so nicely sheltered. You'll get wavelets but little more than that.

If you were thinking of going a little later in Jan'16 the pontoon is due to have new piles due to the gribble worm damage.

See Dabchicks sailing club site for approx schedule and restrictions in its use...

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I used Titchmarsh Marina slip for my first sea trials in the SIB. I know this place for 20+ years and can vouch for its shelter. The last part of the slip is mud knee depth or more, bear this in mind if using
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I do a lot of teaching with the Sea Cadets based out of Titchmarsh at Walton on the Naze. Pretty big marina/facility and the Backwaters are sheltered in most conditions, although there is a speed limit if you're doing speed trials (which at this time of year admittedly seems to mostly be ignored!). The slipway is very muddy (definitely avoid at low water), but if launching a SIB, could presumably almost do so directly off a pontoon if you're inflating it in-situ? It is a commercial facility, so I assume they would want to make a charge.
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Hmmmmm... not looking perfect ATM, but it's so changeable at the minute we'll see
If in doubt remember the old saying:

It's much better to be sat ashore wishing you were at sea that at sea wishing you were ashore!
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Old 29 December 2015, 07:02   #17
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I really hope Stig is out today somewhere in the area discussed with his shiny new outfit. Wind has dropped and it should be dry, sunny and perhaps up to 13deg... couldn't ask for more in late Dec. Sadly family Christmas events keep our SIB in the garage today but the Mrs has said "might we get some time out on the boat this holiday" which is not an encouragement to be ignored!
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What a perfect day for it... And not a sniff of the sea!!! Don't ask! The wife, knowing I'd planned this for weeks, went and double booked us... #sigh#

New Years Day is looking like the next opportunity although high tide is a rather late 4:30pm ish.

Still, today me and the boy blew it up again, Sikaflex'd the transom wheel fixings, did a trial of mounting the engine single handedly and my brother helped me trial it on the roof of the car... All successful.

Roll on New Years Day.
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Oh well best laid plans and all that.... still inflating in the garden and doing a little job is a good substitute!!

Will you transport it on the roof then??
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