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Old 30 August 2002, 10:31   #1
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Advice pls on Ilfracombe area

We are visiting the Ifracombe area this weekend + Monday + Tuesday. We are bringing our Osprey Sparrowhawk RIB down & would appreciate any info as to slipways to launch/recover from.
Also, which Coastguard / Radio Station covers the area?
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Old 30 August 2002, 11:33   #2
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Two Excelllent slips I know of there are
1) Ilfracombe lifeboat station. (shared slip) parking can be a pain.
+ or - 3 hrs high water. Launches into drying harbour and then Bristol Channel

2) Appledore Public slip. This is excellent, free except the parking which is in the same place as the slip. + or - 4hrs high water.
Launches into River Torridge. Go up river for Bideford or out over Bideford Bar to Bristol channel. Lundy Island is a nice place to visit approx 20 Miles from Appledore. Do your homework as regards to the Bideford Bar as it is can be dangerous if you don't follow the channel out!!

There is a lifeboat station at Ilfracombe and also a lifeboat is permanently moored off of appledore.

I think Swansea is nearest radio staion but please check.
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Launch site

I've been boating around ilfracombe for about 12 years. Th eshared lifeboat slip in ilfracombe harbour is goo or the best place I found was at Watermouth Cove campsite. Very cheap to launch and also very easy. Go through the campsite entrance and turn imediately left. It takes you into a nice big cove. Great place to go. I would also recommend Lundy Island to vist.

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For information about launching slips go to www.boatlaunch.co.uk along with ribnet the most useful boating site on the internet.

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