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Old 07 August 2018, 08:33   #1
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1st launch

Hey guys, well having bought a 14ft avon searider I now need to get her in the sea. I am due to go to Bideford this weekend but understand the surf will be up so am seeking advice. Has anyone launched from this area, if so is it tide dependant, would you launch with the surf up? Is anyone else going to be around who may want to come out on a joint venture and any other advice you can give me including, don't be daft on your first launch play safe and wait for calmer seas? It has a 30 hp yamaha engine.

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Old 07 August 2018, 09:06   #2
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You should be fine for a coupe of hours either side of high tide, I imagine there will be plenty to do in the Estuaries if its rough outside.
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Old 07 August 2018, 15:00   #3
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2 hours each side of hw at bideford
3 hours each side of hw at appledore
Would stay in the rivers first time
The bar is is said to be one of the 10 most dangerous in the world are you shure you want to go over the first trip on your own
There is plenty to see from bibeford to barnstaple
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Old 08 August 2018, 11:04   #4
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Thanks guys for your advice, I think it would be sensible of me to play in the rivers and get to know my boat before venturing out in sea's, particularly rough ones.
so launching off Appledore or Bideford into the river is that still advisable 2/3 hrs either side of high tid?

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Old 08 August 2018, 11:27   #5
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Unless you can comfortably launch over sand/mud and have a jet outboard I suggest you stick to 2/3 hours either side of high, but once you have arrived and know if the tides are neaps or springs you may get a little more time out on the water - particularly if you book a deep water mooring.
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Yes you should be fine in the rivers
You get more time from appledore
Study the chart
Or look at google earth it shows the water at low water
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Old 08 August 2018, 17:17   #7
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Ok cool, I will do exactly that. Thanks Gaz
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