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Old 28 August 2012, 16:09   #1
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Staying at redcliff farm near poole

Going on holiday in a couple weeks redcliff farm caravan site, going to hand launch my sib any tips about Poole harbour, areas to avoid ect. Any one going in second week of september?


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Old 28 August 2012, 16:18   #2
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stayed there myself several times site ok , slip into river frome good to launch from, takes about 30mins to get into poole harbour, poole harbour is very shallow in most parts and you can easily run aground lots of it drys completly, when going down river you must stay inside markers ,some only sticks, best to stay well in the center of channel, perter m is a local boy ,who will know more to help you.

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A great location with a SIB. Remember the speed limit in the river = 4kts and 10kts int the harbour.
Whilst it is a very large harbour it is also very shallow, try to stick to the main channels when going to & from, but exploring the creeks is also good fun. Go to the South side of Brownsea & Furzey Islands, very peaceful and stunning.
Get out of the harbour and explore Studland, Old Harry & Ballard Down. If you have the time, get around to Swanage for fish & chips.
Running along the beaches of Poole & Bournemouth is also good fun.

Pop by and sy hello on the main Quay too

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Old 28 August 2012, 16:49   #4
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Thanks folks, looking forward to it.
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Old 20 October 2012, 17:18   #5
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I have already posted this in another thread, but may as well repeat it here.

I realise this is a bit late, but if it will help anyone else . . .

Careful, it's easy to run aground in Poole Harbour.

You can go most places on a high tide, but if it's getting low you will need to navigate carefully - or you will be out of the boat, dragging it across the mud!

To that end, make sure you wear a wetsuit or some kind of dry suit if you are going to explore the nether reaches of the harbour.

You should be OK if you stay within the channels though.

There are a lot of private islands in the harbour, so be mindful of that if you are thinking of beaching anywhere.

If you are heading towards the entrance, don't be surprised to find some very large continental ferries bearing down on you all of a sudden (as well as all sorts of other weird and wonderful craft). Don't be intimidated by them, just give them a wide berth and you'll be fine.

Apart from that, it is a fantastic place to explore in a boat - enjoy!

Oh, and if you don't fancy popping around to swanage for fish and chips, you could try going in the other direction, up the river to Wareham, for the same thing (and a nice pint in the pub by the river).

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