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Old 03 February 2004, 11:19   #1
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Wavelength's method would work very well at the Camber slip at the moment with that bl**dy great fishing boat stuck in the way.

Hope he paid more than 2 to launch that.
Its a real pain when a boat puts in there for repairs. The bloke from Ken Brown boats generally shrugs and says thats what happens sometimes. There is just enough room for our rib down the side but it is interesting launching there.

That and the transit van that parks up on the slip to unload fishing boats - the skipper of the "Trojan" dive boat (hard boat) told them it was a free slip and they could f**k off once when we were loading dive kit and they wanted to unload their fish.

All part of the fun of launching at the camber :-)

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Old 03 February 2004, 14:17   #2
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Hi All,

Trust me the fishermen never pay to use the camber slip!!!

They just turn up, thinking they own the Camber Dock.

Judging by the size of the plating on the side of this trawler, I dont' go much on the skippers driving ability.

However, I wanted to launch on Saturday with Daniel in Top Banana, but there was not enough width on the slipway.

All the receptionist at Ken Browns said was sorry fishermen take priority!!! He had already travelled down from Kent, so we moved to Southampton, Thanks Stuart.

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Old 03 February 2004, 14:38   #3
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Yer, i was rather P'd off about that, i was thinking of writing to whoever about it... who would that be?
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Old 04 February 2004, 00:31   #4
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Hey guys,

Just one of the infinite reasons why Southampton is superior to Portsmouth. At least our fisherman know their place and that's the Camber docks in Portsmouth. We don't want those smelly scruffy things degrading our nice Marinas.

In fact the only smelly, scruffy thing allowed in marina's in Southampton is me!

Right to get back on message, front tow hook or a rope would sort it' But for the inveterate Dunkers then it's gotta be potting compound round the back and a nice dummy plug in the front, oh yes and loads of wd40 or waterproof grease or something

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However, I wanted to launch on Saturday with Daniel in Top Banana, but there was not enough width on the slipway.

It is just possible with a foot or 2 on each side - I guess our boat and Top Banana are pretty similar in size - however you have to be comfortable getting the wheels very close to the edge of the slip.

I have no idea who to write to - I think the council might be responsible, as the ken brown guy once told me that they needed to fix the barrier.

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Old 04 February 2004, 06:39   #6
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Isn't therer a harbout office right by the Slipway ( the red brick building) I think it's their slip
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If you need someone to contact it might be worth starting with the Port Services Harbour Office.

They can be contacted on (023) 9285 5912.

They are a department of Portsmouth City Council so if its not them they might point you in the right direction.

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Old 04 February 2004, 09:20   #8
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I sent a request for information to the council on their website. I dont hold much hope that it will be productive, but who knows! Will post an update when I find out more.

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Camber Update

I had a call back today from Rupert Taylor, who looks after the harbour for the council. He was very helpful, although the answer wasnt anything new:

1) The fishing boats in the camber pay a charge for use of the dock in general, which allows for the use of the slipway to make essential repairs. This could happen at any time of the year.

2) They have the right to use it, as their businesses depend on being able to fish, and therefore take priority over leisure users.

3) The best thing to do to avoid problems that Daniel had is to call ken browns boats, who can tell you what state the slip is in.

4) There are around 18 fishing boats of various sizes in the camber.

Ultimately theres not a lot we can do if the slip is blocked, except to use the public slip at eastney. However that is a much harder place to launch due to the tidal rip through the langstone entrance.

The fishing boat apparently problem didnt used to be an issue until a few years ago when they built the pontoon for the tour boats on the left of the slip, which reduced the space considerably.

The boat isnt there anymore, so the slip is clear to use.

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Old 06 February 2004, 13:13   #10
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Thanks for doing all the hard work!

I must say the space left did not look nearly wide enough, but it looks like we should have measured it before going back to S'Hton. Oh well, all in a days boating.
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