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Old 17 January 2019, 17:57   #11
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Yes, inland side of the bridge
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Old 02 February 2019, 15:23   #12
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Thanks for all of your replies. I went to Skegness today and that looked quite hopeful but Fosdyke is a lot closer for us. Can you launch at any state of the tide Darren? When I looked for reviews on Fosdyke there were some mentions of ferocious currents when launching?
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Old 02 February 2019, 17:01   #13
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Hi Adam and Hayley.
It's easiest if you can plan your days on 2 hours max either side of high water on Spring tides, during summer months that roughly works fortnightly.
I have found it best to launch and retrieve about half an hour before high water as the current has eased off and the incoming tide will just gently push your rib into the cut and out of the flow. If you try on a falling tide, the current pulls you sideways into the main river, rocks and a partially submerged cradle pontoon giving you a whole world of shit! I'm more than happy to help you or show you with my rib when we get lighter and warmer days.
In the summer, I normally plan to be out for the full 12 hours or just launch and retrieve just before high water and tie up on the Easterly side of the bridge on the fosdyke haven pontoons. ( having sought permission and offering a couple £)
Once afloat, the Welland is navigable on all but low springs tide out to the Wash.
Low springs gives 1m or less of water all the way (7 miles) out to just beyond Tabs Head, ( waypoint signifying split of River Welland to Spalding and River Haven to Boston.
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Old 02 February 2019, 17:03   #14
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P.s. launch and retrieve of a rib is possible 2 hours either side of high water springs..but it's hard work, and if things start to go wrong, it only gets worse.
Just before high water is a lot safer!
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Advice on storage/launch on the east coast

I grew up boating on the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts. Itís probably fun for a few outings but gets a bit dull after a while! Harbours of note: Wells - good facilities, very olde worlde (also very tidal). Moving South next Harbour is Blakney, again very tidal and very nice. You can anchor off the spit and sit there for a picnic. Lots of seals to see which is nice. Next is Yarmouth. Big commercial harbour, bit grotty. Thereís a good slip (all states of the tide) at Anglia Boatyard so a good spot to launch from. At the top of Breydon water (part of the Norfolk Broads but no speed limit) youíve got the Waveney river center which has facilities and somewhere to eat). Next is Lowestoft. Bit less commercial than Yarmouth. If launching you have several options - steep but decent slipway at RNSYC (good facilities and resturant) or launch at Oulton Broad and go through the lock into the tidal harbour. Next is Southwold - usually my destination of choice. Nice pubs, access at all states of the tide. Beyond that you have the Orwell and the Deben but Iíve little explored that far South. Wherever you end up going make sure you have decent up to date charts ideally on your plotter, and a reliable depth sounder as itís a very challenging area with lots of sand bars and banks which are constantly on the move.
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Thanks for all of your replies. I went to Skegness today and that looked quite hopeful but Fosdyke is a lot closer for us. Can you launch at any state of the tide Darren? When I looked for reviews on Fosdyke there were some mentions of ferocious currents when launching?
As Darren has already said, it's quite limited as to when you can use the slip. The tide does rip through there on a spring ebb.
There is a boat lift facility at Fosdyke Yacht Haven but it's quite pricey if you're just going for a day out! That's also limited to a couple of hours either side of HW, but you're not battling the current! David at Fosdyke is a very approachable fella and he can usually find space for a RIB on the pontoons if you can't recarrriage the boat.
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Thanks for relaying this Tim!
Good info!
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