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Old 28 May 2014, 16:28   #1
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Where and how to launch SIB Newhaven / seaford area

Hi all,
Looking at buying my first SIB to get out and do a bit of fishing, just after a bit of advice regarding launching.
I have been looking at zodiacs or honwave type SIBs with a hard deck, which i intend to assemble at the seafront. I want the biggest i can handle on my own.
Is there anyone who launches in this area to give me some tips, cause i like the idea of getting out there fishing but don't really know about launching.
I have seen the launching wheels, which i like the idea of just walking it down the beach and in to the water but how do you launch without being washed back in.
Thanks all
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Old 28 May 2014, 16:40   #2
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Hi Gav, welcome. See the sticky on general SIB advice (airfloor vs solid etc) but generally a 15 hp 2 stroke is the most the average bloke can manhandle up a typical East Sussex steep shingly beach. As for the boat with launch wheels my 45 kg airfloor takes two of us to pull up the same beach. A solid floor 3.6 would be 20kg more and beyond us. You'd need a winch or mechanical means or be restricted to slipways which are rare as hens teeth in E Sussex.

There is a huge difference between hauling on smooth concrete compared to steep short pebble or shingle beach banks.

Launching any boat in anything than flat calm water can be tricky and really is much easier with two.

Where are you planning to launch?
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Old 28 May 2014, 16:57   #3
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Well i live in peacehaven so i could travel seaford or brighton way, but because i want to assemble at the venue i won't have a trailer. My mate has a small sib that he told me he basically carries it down the beach and throws in, i thought thats cool and then i asked him how big it is and he said no bigger than 6ft! Don't fancy going out to sea on that.

I don't mind having to take a friend with me and it does make sense, i just want to know whats manage able.
I don't want to come ploughing up the beach and ruining it.
I didnt know if anyone launches just up river where it might be a bit easier.
I've always wanted a boat just never wanted the expense of moorings etc so thats why i want to take the SIB route
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Old 28 May 2014, 17:23   #4
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Seaford is a great place to launch, park right on the sea road and it's a short length of not too steep beach at high tide.

There's a world of difference between a 6 ft 'toy' and a 12 ft solid floor SIB! Both in weight, manageability and capability.

An airfloor is a lot easier to handle, assemble etc. again see sticky 'which SIB?'.
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Ok thanks for you help.
I've been thinking about seaford and also eastbourne as it has good parking and very flat.
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Hi Gav.

For 20 ( I believe it to be the same price, that was the price at the end of August 2013) Andy Pace Tel 07885 792955 (He is based next to Newhaven Marina) just past where the tackle shop used to be located originally, go another hundred yards around the bend and his yard is on the left, very polite and helpful person,

He launched and brought me back in for 20, He has a tractor, The only issue I had really was I could not get launched until 08.30am - 09.00am on the day (slightly tidal I believe) and I had to be back in by 17.00pm due to his yard closing, or i could moor up to his pontoon for a fiver for the night if I remember right, otherwise I would be locked out at sea,

I have an 80 mile tow to get to the coast, so keep an eye out if you are around this Saturday , red Zodiac Futura 4.2mtr

I plan to use Andy this Saturday weather permitting & No last minute jobs turn up,
There is another boat yard next to him, I have forgotten the name of them & what the price was but they were quite expensive to launch compared to Andy Pace,

Hope this helps :-)
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20?!!
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Hi Gav.

For 20 ( I believe it to be the same price, that was the price at the end of August 2013) Andy Pace Tel 07885 792955 (He is based next to Newhaven Marina) just past where the tackle shop used to be located originally, go another hundred yards around the bend and his yard is on the left, very polite and helpful person,

He launched and brought me back in for 20, He has a tractor, The only issue I had really was I could not get launched until 08.30am - 09.00am on the day (slightly tidal I believe) and I had to be back in by 17.00pm due to his yard closing, or i could moor up to his pontoon for a fiver for the night if I remember right, otherwise I would be locked out at sea,

I have an 80 mile tow to get to the coast, so keep an eye out if you are around this Saturday , red Zodiac Futura 4.2mtr

I plan to use Andy this Saturday weather permitting & No last minute jobs turn up,
There is another boat yard next to him, I have forgotten the name of them & what the price was but they were quite expensive to launch compared to Andy Pace,

Hope this helps :-)
Simpson Marine next door charge 10 for a SIB if you're launching yourself. Guy in the cafe suggested you may get away without paying but I haven't chanced it yet.
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I am more familiar with options west of Brighton Gav, but I am guessing from your comments you are contemplating single handed sibbing, which may influence people's responses?
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Hi Max, I thought 20 (in total) was quite reasonable, cheaper the better of course, but as you Know we are very limited where we can launch our boats by ourselves around the Brighton / Newhaven areas, any new launch areas always welcome
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