Originally Posted by Peter J
Jackeen: can you elaborate on the problems with the Warsash Slip? I had a look at it but I have not used it. It seemed very shallow. You have to park your car and trailer a bit away from the slip don't you? Is parking free? Can you use the pontoon by the harbour master to get your crew on and off?
We've used it a few times. It's convenient for most places on the Solent. It's free (parking too). Trailers are sometimes left on the slip but I can't really recommend that
The scary bit on the slip is on the left/Solent side (a sort of ledge) so launch towards the Harbourmaster Tower side. We use it up to 2-3 hrs either side of lows or at full tide to avoid the shallow gradient in between.
You can usually leave your boat on the visitor pontoon while putting away the car or dropping off peeps although a courtesy call in is important.
Longer stays (e.g. a sojourn at The Rising Sun pub) means a definite check in (& ££ ) at the H/Master.
The degree to which one mucks up a launch or recovery here is directly proportionate to the number of beer-drinkers grinning from the wall.
For much better info than my highly subjective account try http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/
haven't checked it's in there but it should have the main launchsites in the area.