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Old 08 January 2019, 07:32   #11
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Cheers all. Great info.
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>>> allow idiots in hire boats to go quite some way out of the harbour

I'm quite surprised they do this... wonder if they get incidents? Do they run a safety boat around while they have hires on the water?
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Old 08 January 2019, 09:34   #13
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I hired one 3yrs ago, speed limited 6hp Suzuki 4s. They just plod about at displacement speed and have a prop guard. Even if you rammed another boat you're in an inflatable. Can't really cause much damage. There's a marker buoy a few hundred metres off the harbour that you can't pass. There's one boat out there watching.
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I see this is an older thread, but thought I'd add a couple of "curve balls" in - while I've always enjoyed St Ives & Carbis Bay on foot, for anything more boat related, I much prefer the South Cornish coast. Absolute favourite is Falmouth Bay, with a wonderful mix of creeks, big safe deep bay and plenty of interesting coastline to explore. Some of the finest boating waters in the country, and lots of places to get on the water. Personal favourite "start point" is Mylor harbour - a free public slipway (parking pretty inexpensive), the Mylor Harbour slipway for a small fee, use Restronguet Sailing Club (you can do short "holiday" temp memberships and they are very welcoming or from Windsport. Great little cafe and Castaways restaurant with chandlery and surf shop too. From there the bay completely opens up to you - head up the many different creeks (take care on tides if you want to avoid being dried out!) as far as Truro , Falmouth & Penryn or head over to St Anthony lighthouse and some wonderful beaches. Stop into St Just or St Mawes for great places to eat/grab an ice-cream. You can happily spend a week or two exploring and never have to hit the same place twice. Even in higher winds, you can usually find nice sheltered corners to play! Probably 40 mins drive from St Ives, but well worth the effort. Lots of slips, harbours & clubs all round the bay from which to get onto the water - which most locals do at every opportunity!

Alternatively, head towards Marazion & St Michaels Mount. Some good options for pottering with Cornwall's own "Mont Saint Michel", and I believe there is a public slip somewhere around Marazion. Not as sheltered nor with as many "nooks & crannies" to explore, but with its own charm - and only 10-15 mins drive.

But for me, Falmouth Bay and the coast east & west of it are almost impossible to beat!
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If you're in Falmouth bay it's well worth a trip to the Pandora Inn.
Moor up to their pontoon.
Welcome to the Pandora Inn
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Indeed! A while since I've been in the Pandora, but was always good. Lots of nice eateries/pubs/galleries in Falmouth - and the Maritime Museum also worth a visit.
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Massive thanks Celticfox for highlighting the Falmouth bay area... somewhere I'd not considered in enough detail before. I've just spent an hour pouring over Google maps, the charts, Visitmyharbour website and cottage/B&B reviews.

We are always looking for future holiday ideas where we can get accommodation within a couple of minutes SIB trundle of a slipway.... and most important where that slip is pretty well all states of the tide launch.

Also for our interests using a SIB we don't want to just launch with nowhere else to go other than straight out to sea where the only interest is running up and down coast then return to launch point. We want beaches to pull up... pontoons to stop at to visit pubs, fish & chips, shops etc plus more sheltered bad weather options.

It appears Falmouth bay may meet these needs.

We've worked out that staying adj the Mylor Yacht Harbour or Falmouth Haven and using their facilities could give us a good holiday.
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Hi Fenlander, Hurst View Lymington has static caravans and the Solent looks to be a great area. We are really looking forward to going. Plenty of places to explore, moor and order food.
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Thanks LimeCC… where will you launch from there and/or keep the boat moored?
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Hi Fenlander,

Given your criteria, I think Falmouth Bay is really hard to beat. There are no end of accomodation options in & around the bay (from high end luxury retreats to National Trust and private cottages to some lovely caravan & camp sites.

From Mylor Harbour, you can pretty much get on & off the water easily in any tide, facilities for watersports/craft are excellent everywhere, and there are endless nice pubs, restaurants, pretty villages, grand waterside houses to ogle and dream about etc. While the Solent offers equivaelnt variety, I've always found Falmouth bay much prettier, friendly and down to earth - less "yachty toffs / all the gear, no idea" types, just lost of friendly folk in well-used gear and boats of all shapes, ages and sizes having fun on the water!

Also very dog friendly (only a couple of the main beaches with stricter dog restrictions) - plenty of options for tying up on a sandy beach / sheltered bay, getting the barbie out and chilling, scrambling, walking the coastal paths etc.

If you're thinking at the other end of the country, the Clyde estuary can also be very beautiful with all the sea lochs off it. My favourite is a bit further beyond, around Loch Coalisport/ Loch Sween / Loch Fyne. Infrastructure outside the small towns (large villages!) of Tarbert, Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead etc is VERY limited, weather can change in an instant, care needed on rocks/reefs/tides in some areas (charts and tapping into local knowledge strongly advised) and the midges are ferocious, but on a good day, you can't beat if for rugged, majestic beauty. Places to consider staying are the log cabins at Camas, Ormsary (beaches/bay launching for boats), Port Ban Caravan site (quiet, but right on the water's edge), I think there are still a couple of cottages in Kilberry & the excellent Kilberry Inn for food and a wee dram, or base yourself in Tarbert which gives you easy access to waters on "both sides" of the peninsula.

Have yet to do it with a boat myself, but Loch Ness and the Great Glen will offer you some stunning SIBing opportunities - more forgiving than the open seas off the west coast, though similar limited infrastructure and demonic midge warnings apply!

Hope that gives a couple of ideas!
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