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Old 11 July 2019, 04:50   #1
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old boy roy needs adventure!

hello and salutations to you and you......hope your all well inflated.....well firstly why i am here at all!......

Hi i am 57 yr old roy...single parent and carer for my two kids....scarletts 15 and has special needs (loves swimming! beaches ! sand! and a bit of speed / adrenaliney stuff) and a cracking big boy sam whos 10 .

Lifes been a little choppy.... but you cannot help the weather.....so I am 57 and hopefully still got some mojo left in me.....so Ive bought a 380 zodiac zoom with a 9.9 suzuki ob after some humming and harring......10 year old kit but in a1 condition (oh there is two! scratches on the engine!!)

My aim is to give the kids some exciting experiences afloat so i've plummed for a good engine....all serviced etc.....and now is the time for me to get insurance for the rig and GET ON THE WATER.

So people of the sibbing /ribbing world I need to start slow and build my / our experiences.

I lived on the wirral in my youth and sailed (lazer /wayfarer / windsurfer) so pretty ok with sea sense but i need to as i have mentioned start safely....

I have been thinking of Ullswater as a starter before any maritime antics.

also have read of slipways at cleethorpes but unsure on launching times in respect to high water etc....

I live in sheffield ! ....couple of hours from locations either side.

FINALLY....i do go on!.....if there are any kindly souls out there who could chip a bit of advice to a keen learner....on locations...progression etc i'dbe most grateful....cheers roy
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Old 11 July 2019, 06:10   #2
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Hi Roy and welcome to the forum. You'll have some fun with that outfit, totally suited to an adult and two kids.

I don't know Cleethorpes but have had a quick look... do you mean the slip near the pier and/or the one a little further down from the pier they call the Brighton slipway?

Looked at the charts too and it seems at lowest tides it can dry out to a mile or more sand/mud so you need to get the tides right or it will be a long pull back on the transom wheels.

Personally for family leisure use I don't like launching direct into the sea as if the wind picks up and there are breakers when you return it can be very dangerous. Far prefer a slip into a more sheltered estuary or harbour.

But there may be Cleethorpes regulars on here who have better local advice.

BTW seem to be a lot of rules...

https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/wp-conten...ach-Safety.pdf

And this gives an idea of the sort of terrain you'll have to cross if you get the tides wrong!



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Old 11 July 2019, 06:20   #3
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hi Roy welcome

whitby would be a good option 3 hrs either side of HW into the river off a good slipway plenty of shops around for food etc look for the wheedale hotel live cam which shows surf in the bay so you can pick the good days. if it does blow up you still have a mile of river with all the fishing boats in to look at. the lakes are a good start though
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Ullswater is very pleasant and there is a suitable gravel/stone beach next to the steamer pier in Glenridding which is free to use. Parking can be tight in high season though. Derwent or Windermere are also quite nice but closer to towns for lunch etc.

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Old 11 July 2019, 06:58   #5
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thanks bud for the first learning points....me thinks inland for starter course....awesome dronage of the sands (Phantom 4?)......been here windsurfing many moons ago...and yes your right if the windage goes wrong then swell can be big.....

your right in as much as for a newbie i need to minimise tits up probabilities!!!
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thanks geoff for your heads up re whitby.....fish and chips for afters?

although being capable of idiotic decisions i feel that inland will be the best starting point for my learning

also funny story about whitby life boat.....many years ago fossiling with girlfriend got stranded in between whitby and saltwick nab.....was pretty happy being 23 with my girl on a deserted beach....i guess you know what i mean......only to be rudely interrupted by RNLI rib storming towards us....oooh how we laughed!!

so do not want another encounter with those fine people ..... yet!

great that we can check webcam and other stuff like windy

cheers again roy
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thanks phil for your info

that sounds ace for a newbie......its one of my fave places glenridding.....proper good skiing if you have snow and legs of steel to walk to the tow.....but hey back to watery stuff.....

i know theres a 10 mph limit but are there other RULES.....ie do you need to show your insurance.....need to register and all that gubbins??

Id love to stay at the campsite with launch facilities...but 30 quid a night for the pitch...ooh

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you can launch at belverdea bridlington tractor launch but it can have a surf there or scarbrough parkings a problem there though
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Location for me Maiden voyage

Me thinks that I will plum for ullswater at Glenridding and have a wee pootle down... Across.... East... To the little bay past where the steamer goes to from glenridding

No tides... Or currents... Maybe hidden rocks but am going to choose to chill for our first oouting

As far as I can see on the ullswater Nat Park leaflet there is no need to register a powered craft.. Just stick to 10 mph limit

If anyone knows any flaws in my cunning plan please let me know before I make a dick of meself

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