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Old 22 August 2015, 14:46   #1
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Advice on where to launch on the Norfolk coast.

Hi all, I've just bought a 4.2 Zodiac on a snipe trailer, I'm wanting to go of Norfolk coast, but I'm stuck on where to launch, I have a RAV4 4x4 but soft sand is a problem, can any one advise where to launch, even if it's in a river near the coast.
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Old 22 August 2015, 17:38   #2
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Hi,
Morston or Blakeney is good
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Hi, thanks for that, Morston, where abouts, I don't want to get there and not find where you mean with rib in tow. Is it in the river or go on the beach. I've only got a RAV4 new one, so it's a bit bigger than others. But it can't handle soft sand. Thanks again.
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Just follow the signs for the seal trips and Morston. You will not have any problems launching all manner of craft launch there. Once there ask any with boats and I am sure they will help you.
When are you going?
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I was thinking of given it a few hours today, gonna do a bit of fishing, not sure how far I dare go out, rib says 5 miles, I think not. Lol.
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Did you make it to Morston?
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I wish, I went to go, but 2 of the 3 cells were soft, pumped up again and it's leaking at the valves, even when caps are in place, got to sort that first. It's the ones that are reassessed. Think I need new caps.
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Sorry to hear that, might see you on the water next weekend.
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How's this for a late reply..?

Did you find a place to launch? I have a 4.5m and am keen to launch onto the sea locally to me (near Stalham). Looks like Lowestoft might be the best bet, but a not of a hike.
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Hi Uncle Nobby. I'm based very near you (I have a unit in Stalham in fact). In terms of where's good around here (from top to bottom):

-Morston is good for a blat on a windy day - theres no speed limit in the outer part of the harbour and its normally pretty sheltered. Good for for a picnic on the point in the summer or a trip to see the seals. The slip is basically a mud slope behind the National Trust hut (google for the postcode). It's good for most types of car - I used to launch a 4m with a Fiat Punto when I first learnt to drive. Only got stuck a couple of times ;-)

-Sea Palling is good in the summer. For a few quid they launch you with their tractor (google beach rock leisure). The launching spot is sheltered by the artificial reef.

-Next place down the coast is Yarmouth. There's a few options, easiest one is on the South side of the river before you get to the lifeboat station. There's a good solid concrete slip there (it's behind a gate that's never locked).

-Lowestoft has two good options: the yacht club which is 2 mins from the sea, or I prefer launching at Oulton Broad (free slip) (google pets corner Oulton Broad, the slip is in the carpark behind this). You have to go through the lock (small charge) into Lake Loathing and then into the harbour. Adds an hour or so to your trip but its very pleasant, the slip is great and gives the engine a good fresh water flush on the way back! Worth ringing the lock before hand to check you can go through as depending not he tide they have to close the road and open the bridge to let you through.

-Last one is Southwold. Good concrete slip next to the harbour masters office (gets a bit muddy). Again small charge but a good pontoon next to the slip, usual harbour facilities and of course a couple of good pubs nearby.

Hope that's of use!
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