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Old 23 January 2019, 11:48   #1
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Hello from Dover uk

Looking for help from you informed guys, would like to purchase my first dinghy for this years fishing off beaches around my area, non swimmer so cant believe i'm even contemplating this venture, partner thinks its all going to end in tears, ill show her
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Old 23 January 2019, 14:23   #2
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Hi Dave and welcome to the forum. Have you any boating experience? Wonder too where you will launch? Most who come to the forum like yourself have been given great advice to avoid disasters.

David
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Old 23 January 2019, 14:31   #3
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Hello Dave

You don't need to swim just float plenty of kit to sort that out I've been boating for 50 years never fell out of a boat SIBS included canoes yes just be sensible build your experience but most of all enjoy it no point if you don't
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Old 23 January 2019, 15:50   #4
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Launching is a bit limited down our way. There is a good accessible slip in Dover harbour from which you can access the nrecreational part of the harbour which is good for getting familiar with the boat.


Also Dover Watersports based in the harbour do the RYA Powerboat course which is worth doing if you are new to the sport.


Otherwise there are a couple of slips on the N Kent coast as Whitstable/herne Bay



Apart from that, beach launching is limited unless you have a very light outfit as there are no slipways bel;ieve it or not


So options depend on what outfit you go for.


Cheers,


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