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Old 05 August 2013, 17:38   #1
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Best Slipway to Launch at Brixham

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Which is the best slipway to launch an 8m rib at Brixham these days?
I haven't use Brixham for years and the memory has faded a bit :-)
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There's only the one slip at Brixham - by the Breakwater.
Steep, wide, BUT little room to maneouvre at high tide, and iffy +/- 1 hour low tide. Can motor off & tie up at steps on breakwater tide allowing

Launch fee 15 from memory, (if the chap's there), , & you can leave trailer on slip for free.

I use it quite bit.
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I went last year with spring tides it is very steep but the advise is to zig zag back up the slip as it is wide when the tide is out. I think but not sure there is a reasonable drop off at the end of the slip. There was last year metal scaffold fencing at the top of the slip where you can put your trailer.

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It also gets busy with holiday makers during the summer months. I'll be there making up the numbers in just over a weeks time.
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I was thinking of launching there to dive a wreck about 10 miles away.
I was thinking of Salcombe but it is so busy at this time of year and parking is impossible nearby.
What's Dartmouth like? Never launched from there.

Boat launch is a bit vague about Brixham - is Oxen Cove slip any good?
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Which is the best slipway to launch an 8m rib at Brixham these days?
I haven't use Brixham for years and the memory has faded a bit :-)
Why not use Paignton Harbour its only 15 mins from Brixham via rd.
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Why not use Paignton Harbour its only 15 mins from Brixham via rd.
What's the access and parking like at Paignton? I've never been there.
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What's the access and parking like at Paignton? I've never been there.
Good access easy slip But parking pot luck when busy, Take a look at it on google maps.
Another good slip is poly steps at Teignmouth a bit further round the coast but easy slip and good parking.

There is also Torquay but I have never used it but might be worth looking into as its close.
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Google Maps satellite view: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=pai...rbour&t=h&z=19

I'd have thought Paignton would be a bit tight at the top of the slip with an 8m boat. I'm relying on memories of launching an SR4 there in 2008, though, so it may be bigger than I remember. And I have no experience of 8m boats.

It's reasonably wide and not especially steep, but slipway dries out, and it's fairly sticky beyond that if I remember rightly.

Parking-wise, you can go round to the multi-storey behind the sailing club, or search for a space on Cliff Road or nearby. That's what we did when I was last there, not being keen to pay for a whole day's parking every day for a week. On foot, you can cut through the multi-storey and come out behind the sailing club, so you don't have to walk all the way around and down the hill to the harbour.

Further up the coast again, Torquay has a marina. I did leave the Searider there during that week, but we were being ferried back to Paignton by the sailing club, so I know nothing about it other than: it's a marina; it has fuel; it has a slipway you can launch a Nationals fleet of Cadet dinghies off (I have no idea whether or not that's a public slip).
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Paignton harbour dries out like buggery c. +/-2 hours either side of low tide & trailer/car parking is an issue.
Decent slip at Haldon pier in Torquay harbour. Don't know about fees.
Dartmouth itself limited to busy slip next to higher ferry - no parking -also the Range is tricky in S /SW winds.
Blackness Point / Dartside Quay are other Dart options.
Despite the steep slip I'd recommend Brixham. Parking for ca & trailer on site.
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