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Old 17 May 2011, 16:29   #1
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Crosshouse Hard Slipway

i am thinkiong of going out this weekend and using the crosshouse hard slipway at southampton. Has anyone used it recently? Just wondered what time each side of high tide i need to launch to avoid the 'rails' that boatlaunch warns of at low tide. Also is there anywhere to flush the engine through after use even if i need to take my own hose?
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Old 17 May 2011, 17:18   #2
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It’s not a very secure car park and there's no flushing facilities there! As for the rails your ok at all but the lowest point of the tide so at least a couple of hours either side of low water. Better option is on the other side of Southampton water at hythe. But that’s just my opinion
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thank you, i might give that a go then!
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Seeing as you are coming from oxford it won't make much difference to your travel time and to be honest Crosshouse is in the middle of town anyway....
That said the tidal range of crosshouse is far more than hythe, however I use Hythe even though I only live 10 minutes from crosshouse, says it all.
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it certainly says a lot, thanks. What is the tidal useage at Hythe?
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Hythe is a good slip, but as a rough rule of thumb its good for 2 hours before high water and 3 hours after. Good concrete slip, good car and trailer parking, but you have to payto park, although I dont think its expensive (from memory I think its 2 or 3 for 4 hours)
There isn't anywhere to flush through, unless your a bit cheeky and run out the hose from the pontoons in the marina, and they can / do get upset with you if you try and do this, I wouldn't recomend it !
You can see both slipways clearly on google street view, and Hythe at low water with the mud flats !
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slightly of thread but i was in lymington the other day,
so while i was there i checked out the slip way,
17.50 to launch
and you still have to pay for parking!
whats that all about
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Lymington is VERY expensive!
just checked the price at Hythe on Google street view ! you can see the parking prices sign very clearly ! 4 hours parking is 2.50 and launching is free ! very reasonable
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one heads up about hythe is there is a shingle bank that comes into play at low water.
it runs parallel to the pier (in fact it's whats left of the old piers foundations) about half way between the pier and the marina wall.
so if your coming in at low(er) water it pays to trim up well away from the bottom of the slip!
i have recovered there with my wheels in the mud off the bottom of the slip,
but only just and it was a bloody struggle!
another couple of minutes and there was no water at all!
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Seeing as you are coming from oxford it won't make much difference to your travel time and to be honest Crosshouse is in the middle of town anyway....
That said the tidal range of crosshouse is far more than hythe, however I use Hythe even though I only live 10 minutes from crosshouse, says it all.
Why on earth do you drive all the way to Hythe? Crosshouse is a brilliant slip.
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