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Old 09 September 2010, 08:53   #1
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Best slipway to launch from on the Menai Straights.

I'm staying at Benllech on Anglesey this weekend and would like to launch my rib somewhere on the Menai straights with 4 adults and 2 young kids , can any members that are familiar with Anglesey recommend a good launching site with parking , I have only ever launched from Conwy to cruise down the straights before .

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Old 09 September 2010, 09:14   #2
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Save yourself the annual fee on Anglesey and go from mainland side of the Strait at White Cottage ( " Ronnies " ) at Ty Calch, just past Caernarfon Golf Club. Tractor in and out at all states of the tide, car parking, 15 a time. Bass fishing two minutes away. Gives you a good range for the day, up the west coast of Anglesey as far as Treaddur Bay or so, down the Lleyn to at least Nefyn, all the Strait and out to Puffin all pretty much within range in reasonable conditions. Chris Seddon who runs it is reliable and helpful, usually has frozen bait and sometimes fresh. No need to book, just turn up, although a phone call the day before seems reasonable. If the wind gets up a bit high for Caernarfon Bay you may have the option of the Strait with some shelter for those days too. Care needed to follow the channel out through the sandbanks into the Bay but its well buoyed, Chris will advise if you are not sure on the day. Chris 07917 859345
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Old 09 September 2010, 09:29   #3
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One of the best is by Porth Daniel/next to the Menai Suspension Bridge.

It is V. Sheltered from almost any direction.
It is just off the A55 so easy to get to for you.
It is almost fully tidal. You can launch at nearly all tides. (Though this week end are some of the largest tides of the year, 7.6m! so it won't be fully tidal this week end!) On the plus side they are at 1pm so you can right up in to the bays.
You can travel either NE or SW depending on which way the wind is and be protected. It would take about 25 mins at 30mph (ie 12-13miles) to get up the straits and round to bennellech, after seeing the seals and puffins at Puffin Island.

It is a slip owned by the council so you only need to register with the council at the site below, giving access to many other slips at beaumaris etc and it costs for the year:

How much does registration cost?

From the council direct - 15
At the slipway - 20

Customers who do not buy a seasonal launch permit with their registration will need to pay the registration fee plus the day's launch fee on their first launch. On subsequent launches they will only pay the daily fee.

http://www.anglesey.gov.uk/doc.asp?catid=4255

http://www.porthdaniel.co.uk/ Give then a call and ask them what the score is.

Have fund. I'm around Fri/Sat hoping to travel from Menai Bridge to Abersoch!
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I agree about White Cottage ( " Ronnies " ) at Ty Calch
Criss very helpful puts rib in the water and gives lots of help in a great way
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There is a great free slip way at Newry on the sea front at Holyhead. The views of North and South Stack are fantastic, worth the 20 mile drive. If you need directions call me on 01341 241390.
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We were at Ty Calch a couple of weeks ago, you'll struggle to find a better launching outfit unless they start to do complimentary champagne. If the family are with you and you dont want faff launch there. They also recover you too, it's cheap and if you want to store the boat over night as we did the rates are very good too. We'll be going back to the Menai Strait to do more diving for this very reason.
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plenty of choice then!

just need the weather now
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Thanks very much guys , I think on saturday I will launch from Porth Daniel ,( might catch you there Paul ), then on sunday , I will give Ty calch a go because in October I want to do some Bass fishing especially if the marks are only 2 mins away . Ray I will keep Newry in mind for my next visit thanks again guy's .

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Hi, I am thinking about trying the "ronnies" launch as our first family trip out in the new rib. I am a little concerned about the tides having seen posts about walls of water?!!.

Planning a trip on the 21st October to look at puffin island and maybe some bass fishing. does anyone know where the mark is for bass fishing??
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Walls of water, as seen from my 3.6 metre sib, may not scare the salty sea dogs on here, or bother a larger RIB, but made me think and keep the throttle pinned open. (9.9 metre tide that day, and it was on it's peek flow)... I would do it again, and might this weekend....

But the Menai is a relatively dangerous place, with stronge currents. The bonus been you are never too far from land... and lots of other small vessel around....

At full tide it is a magical place in my opinion....
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