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Old 01 October 2013, 09:59   #1
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Cowes Boating - Launch on mainland or IoW

I have been asked to do some boating in Cowes in a few weeks, for a few days but I am undecided if I should take the boat over on the car ferry or boat across.

I will not need the car in Cowes and have a berth when I am there, and have access to free launching - but have the 100 crossing on the red funnel.

If I launch on the mainland I need to find a slip, with secure parking for the car and trailer for the 4 days I am down, and at the end of the event I would have the blast back across, then the hassle of recovery before a 6 hour drive back after a long few days on the water.

I know if I took the boat to cowes on the trailer I would still have the recovery hassle - but it just feels to be a bigger deal for some reason.
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Old 01 October 2013, 10:08   #2
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I have been asked to do some boating in Cowes in a few weeks, for a few days but I am undecided if I should take the boat over on the car ferry or boat across.

I will not need the car in Cowes and have a berth when I am there, and have access to free launching - but have the 100 crossing on the red funnel.

If I launch on the mainland I need to find a slip, with secure parking for the car and trailer for the 4 days I am down, and at the end of the event I would have the blast back across, then the hassle of recovery before a 6 hour drive back after a long few days on the water.

I know if I took the boat to cowes on the trailer I would still have the recovery hassle - but it just feels to be a bigger deal for some reason.
Hi Steve

If you decide not to take the ferry I would suggest launching from Warsash, 10 mins from Junction 8 or 9 on the M27, just about the closest you can get to Cowes. Can be done at any state of the tide but the lower the tide the easier it is. Free parking for both car and trailer about 50m from the slip, as secure an anything you will find, I have certainly left both car and trailer for days with no issue.

If you want any more info or a hand launching/recovering PM me.

Andy
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Old 01 October 2013, 10:42   #3
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Hi Steve,

when are you planning on doing this? If it's "out of season" I'm sure I can work out a deal for car and trailer if you want to launch from The Camber. Maybe PM me or call KB Dry Stack if it's of any interest.

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I would go from Hamble point marina Hamble Point Marina | MDL Marinas it will cost you 31.60 but it is more secure for leaving car & trailer + hose toilets & showers should you want them!
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