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Old 03 July 2006, 08:39   #1
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Cowes Week Rib Berthing

I am seeking advice please.

Does anyone know of or can recommend where I can berth my rib,(5.5Metre Humber Destroyer) during Cowes Week (28July-5 August).

The big marinas don't want them, East Cowes Marina want £330 for the week!

I used to keep it at Souter's in Thetis Rd, by the Hammer Head Crane, but they have closed and the yard is locked.

Also any advice on launching, which is the best slip to use in Cowes, or is it best to launch on the mainland, if so where given the need for secure trailer and car parking for a week or so. (The only slip I have used in the past is Hamble Point)

I am base on the East Coast so any help would be much appreciated.

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Old 03 July 2006, 11:02   #2
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I am seeking advice please.

Does anyone know of or can recommend where I can berth my rib,(5.
The big marinas don't want them, East Cowes Marina want £330 for the week!

I used to keep it at Souter's in Thetis Rd, by the Hammer Head Crane, but they have closed and the yard is locked.

Also any advice on launching, which is the best slip to use in Cowes, or is it best to launch on the mainland, if so where given the need for secure trailer and car parking for a week or so. (The only slip I have used in the past is Hamble Point)

I am base on the East Coast so any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks

John

I enquired about this a while back, I beleive that Town Quay is free to tie up to.

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Old 03 July 2006, 11:15   #3
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Town Quay is free - and if they try and charge you, don't pay... they are not allowed to. However, it is a real bundle down there in Cowes week...
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Town Quay is free - and if they try and charge you, don't pay... they are not allowed to.
News to me...please enlighten further!

Have you considered yarmouth? its a 15-20min blast from cowes and is about £10 a night, plus you might be able to get accomodation...no chance of that in cowes.
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defo launch on the mainland and zip accross. Any saving in fuel by launching on the isle (boring) woud be spent on a ferry!

Portsmouth, Camber slip, is a good public slip usable at most states of tide (might be all) although you have to pay a couple of quid to open the barrier it is usually open anyway.

You'll find it on here http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/

Otherwise the public slip near southampton is OKay in to the itchen, but no parking that i recall.

i would suggest during cowes week you may have to bearth on the mainland each night too - do you have accomication arranged?
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Old 03 July 2006, 12:36   #6
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Town Quay is free - and if they try and charge you, don't pay... they are not allowed to. However, it is a real bundle down there in Cowes week...
Hi Rodan
Is that the one to the left of the redjet terminal and is only that week its free?
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Old 03 July 2006, 15:34   #7
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Is that the one to the left of the redjet terminal and is only that week its free?
Town Quay is free for Cowes Week, due to sponsorship by Scandia, but it is a bit of a bun fight, with the nickname "Rib City".

I am staying in Cowes for the week, hence the desire to find a secure berth for the Rib.

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Old 04 July 2006, 04:17   #8
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Firstly I think you have been misinformed about free mooring at Town Quay in Cowes. This is owned by the Harbour comission and they will charge you if they are around.

With regards to moorings these are very hard to find during cowes week so your best bet would be Yarmouth.

Unfortunatly their are no decent slipways in cowes anymore, but again their is a good one at Yarmouth.

Hope this helps.

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Firstly I think you have been misinformed about free mooring at Town Quay in Cowes. This is owned by the Harbour comission and they will charge you if they are around.

With regards to moorings these are very hard to find during cowes week so your best bet would be Yarmouth.

Unfortunatly their are no decent slipways in cowes anymore, but again their is a good one at Yarmouth.

Hope this helps.

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The Harbour commision were the peeps who told me town quay was free for cowes week.
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Town quay is very busy during Cowes week, especially in the evenings where there must be probably around 50 ribs in there! Despite being £300 for the week East Cowes is great and may be your best value for money vs convenience. Itís relatively quiet during Cowes week so you can stay away from the madness of West Cowes if you want to, but there are regular Sally Taxis over to West Cowes and normally a free ferry (the Jenny M or Jenny Lee) to Town Quay if you want to be in on the action in the evenings!
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The Harbour commision were the peeps who told me town quay was free for cowes week.
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Yup Stephen free during Cowes week as someone mentioned earlier sponsored by Skandia . Re launch sites in Cowes /East Cowes
One by Island Sailing Club tides very strong, park on the parade (no chance in Cowes week)
One in the town but parking not easy have to use the parade (no chance in Cowes week)
One next to Shepherds Wharf ,car park located behind the street opposite RHP
East Cowes one next to Redfunnel car ferry terminal very steep and narrow carpark nearby 2 mins up the road.
Folly Inn on the river large car park on the grass
Little London next to classic boat museum (dries at low water) has a car park nearby
Island Harbour (tidal lock gates)Fee charged
Hopefully launch facility will open at Venture quays East Cowes
Think that is them all
Berthing in East Cowes Marina book in advance they can normally squeeze you in .
Victory Yard Pontoons opposite Kev Mole and Kevin has moorings that dry not sure if he lets them for Cowes weekthough also has a excellent slipway (tidal) but not sure if he would let you launch from it.
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The slipway next to Shepards is blocked off due to the building works continuing their.

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The slipway next to Shepards is blocked off due to the building works continuing their.

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Is that the building works due for completion in May 2006 LOL
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Yeap the flats that are being built, latest is will be finished january/ feb 2007

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