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Old 26 March 2019, 06:20   #1
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South , sites and launch

Hi

I am a bit of a northern monkey.

Do u have and semi wild sites , quirky or dune sites which I can launch me honwave?

Devon Cornwall kid friendly site.

Thought might venture down to see what south has to offer
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Old 26 March 2019, 07:04   #2
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Devon and Cornwall are superb boating areas and we've had four weeks down there over the past 2yrs.

I'd advise staying on an estuary with direct sea access rather than a site where you have to beach launch to the open sea as there are so many weather and tide situations that can make this anything from difficult to dangerous.

Perhaps not as "wild" as you'd like but I can advise one excellent place... Penmarlam near Fowey.

https://www.penmarlampark.co.uk/

The site sits above the estuary with a waterside café, boat park, slipway, pontoon and toilet/shower block just below adj the water.

You can safe launch and set off in sheltered waters and then venture out to sea when weather/confidence dictates. If it's rough out on the open sea there is plenty to safely explore within the estuary.

There are many more such locations in Devon and Cornwall... I'm only mentioning this one as I have direct experience for sibbing.

Stick to the south coast of Devon and Cornwall as the north coast sea state can be rough for a SIB... remember it's a surfing area.

Images are of our Aerotec on the pontoon just down from the site and others of that immediate area.
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Old 26 March 2019, 12:08   #3
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What a coincidence... I popped back here, having not been on for months if not years, to see if there was any advice for a trip to Devon (July this summer with the boy) and Fenlander seems to have answered my question without my even asking it...

This place looks ideal, I better get the motor serviced ;-)

We have about 4 days to camp and explore...
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Old 26 March 2019, 13:52   #4
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Devon and Cornwall are superb boating areas and we've had four weeks down there over the past 2yrs.

I'd advise staying on an estuary with direct sea access rather than a site where you have to beach launch to the open sea as there are so many weather and tide situations that can make this anything from difficult to dangerous.

Perhaps not as "wild" as you'd like but I can advise one excellent place... Penmarlam near Fowey.

https://www.penmarlampark.co.uk/

The site sits above the estuary with a waterside café, boat park, slipway, pontoon and toilet/shower block just below adj the water.

You can safe launch and set off in sheltered waters and then venture out to sea when weather/confidence dictates. If it's rough out on the open sea there is plenty to safely explore within the estuary.

There are many more such locations in Devon and Cornwall... I'm only mentioning this one as I have direct experience for sibbing.

Stick to the south coast of Devon and Cornwall as the north coast sea state can be rough for a SIB... remember it's a surfing area.

Images are of our Aerotec on the pontoon just down from the site and others of that immediate area.
Looks lovely. Think I will try that one myself!
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Old 26 March 2019, 14:21   #5
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More here if interested... Sibbing in Fowey.

Stig good to see you are still about... just looked you've been away 18mths or so. Have you used the sib much? We got the most from our holiday with it but many boating weekends lost due to other family duties. This year may well be the same.

You might note I'd certainly be no good at the Mersea-Brightlingsea race now.. a gripey back and the sense to preserve it has caused a downgrade to 9.9hp.
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Old 26 March 2019, 17:25   #6
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What a coincidence...
Indeed coincidence, I've been wondering what to do in May. The pictures are perfect Fenlander, thank you for an excellent idea!
Time to sell the idea to the missus...
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Salcombe is also a boating paradise. Pics to follow..
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Old 27 March 2019, 04:36   #8
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Mjust looked you've been away 18mths or so. Have you used the sib much?

You might note I'd certainly be no good at the Mersea-Brightlingsea race now.. a gripey back and the sense to preserve it has caused a downgrade to 9.9hp.
A few major life events, moving house, divorce, that kind of thing have left me devoid of much time but now I'm settled in my new place it's time to start some proper adventures.

Ideally I'd love to do a beach-to-beach wild camp adventure like has been done in the Scottish SIB outing(s) but I'm stuck to Devon/Cornwall so I think my options are limited...

I'll either base myself in Fowey for 4 days or spend 2 there and try to find somewhere similar for 2. I don't want to venture much further than about 90 minutes drive from Mortonhampstead.

Sorry to hear about the back, hope you haven't lost too much of the excitement downgrading to a 10hp...
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Any recommendations for accommodation (camping/b&b) near a beach/slipway suitable for easy SIB launching?
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Sorry to hear there have been some difficult changes for you Stig. Seems you have ended up in a good area for access to some superb boating locations.

Thankfully my back situation is me taking care of it early rather than it stopping me doing what I want now. Re excitement I commented the other day... having been on the water in some form or another for over 55yrs since a kid I still get the same pleasure now as I have for all those years regardless of speed.
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