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Old 01 October 2013, 14:04   #11
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hi there , were also from suffolk and starting out is Orford a free launch site or members/fee and is there parking
I signed up at Orford for an annual license but I cheated a little as my sib is down as a tender for my mates boat as we mess about skiing / wakeboarding, I still can't get out of the 4 a day parking!

Where do you take yours out from?
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Old 01 October 2013, 14:14   #12
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I'm up those ways too sometimes - the Crouch and Orwell are our most local spots from home in the North London smog... Launched 3 weeks back at Ipswich Yacht Harbour but at 25 it is a total rip off! Great day up the Deben for lunch at the Ramsholt Arms though so will be returning for sure. May see both you guys around!
I've done a mini pub trip taking in the maybush at waldringfield and ramsholt arms along the deben, I then got down to Felixstowe ferry and decided to take on the swell on a day when I've not been to the pub!

25 is ridiculous for a launch, the downside is there's not much competition on the Orwell and it does give some great conditions for testing sea capabilities.
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Old 01 October 2013, 14:49   #13
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as i said were really new (to engines anyway), we bought our boat to take to the French lakes during the summer but are looking to find launch site to gain some experience so far weve been out 2 times both from pinmill
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Old 01 October 2013, 15:19   #14
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Where do you park when you launch at pin mill? We launched our kayak there before but came back to find 2 cars in the car park had been broken into so we gave up on it, we were in the tree lined car park on the way up the hill.
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Old 01 October 2013, 15:23   #15
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thats where we parked very small too we got the last place and had to wait the 2nd time
thankfully nothing happened to us
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Was it an easy launch and recovery? It seemed shallow in the kayak but I've lifted the engine and paddled our honwave before so it's not the end of the world.
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first time a high tide and was fun , second was low tide and not so fun
lets just say ill be looking for high tide from now on LOL
this is why were looking for alternatives
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Hi all - thinking about a dash one day this weekend for an end of year outing on the blackwater. Any of you launched from the south shore? Given I'm with a bit of a lump weight-wise any views on the mud...?! Am looking to launch from Bradwell Marina at the moment and then head up to Maldon whilst the tide is high. Worse case I'll be out of the water 1.5 hours before LT so assuming I'll be ok...

Any knowledge re: good pubs to head to?(!) Also planning to zip over Brightlingsea for a bit in the afternoon.
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Hi all - thinking about a dash one day this weekend for an end of year outing on the blackwater. Any of you launched from the south shore? Given I'm with a bit of a lump weight-wise any views on the mud...?! Am looking to launch from Bradwell Marina at the moment and then head up to Maldon whilst the tide is high. Worse case I'll be out of the water 1.5 hours before LT so assuming I'll be ok...

Any knowledge re: good pubs to head to?(!) Also planning to zip over Brightlingsea for a bit in the afternoon.
Scrap that - just seen the (proper) forecast from the met office for tomorrow... force 9. So, that's me done for the year!
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