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Old 26 September 2002, 17:49   #1
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Dartmouth this weekend

I'm planning a weekend around the Dartmouth area (Staying in Dartmouth Sat night)

Does anyone know the best slip in dartmouth with sensible parking? The Marina would be OK - but 36 to launch is a bit steep!! - otherwise it looks like the ferry slip - and a long walk back from the car park.

- Obviously I've checked out www.boatlaunch.co.uk

Otherwise I might launch in Torquay - does anybody know if they have fixed the harbour slips? - I think last year they were closed because they were unsafe.

Any suggestions! - anybody else near Dartmouth this weekend?

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Old 27 September 2002, 01:55   #2
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Jools, sorry, but I know nothing about launching in Dartmouth or Torquay. Brian's yer man for that kneck of the woods.

However, Di and I will be passing through Dartmouth, Friday lunchtime to pick up some new bunk mattresses for Magellan Alpha and I'll ask the locals. If you haven't found anything by Friday pm, give me a call on 07977 108660 and I'll pass on what I have found out. If anything useful.

We are going to be based in either Brixham or Brian's marina berth at Torquay as we are there for the finish of the Around Alone - a single-handed round-the-world yottie race. If you see Magellan Alpha out and about give us a shout on mobile or VHF. There's always plenty of grog aboard.

I know you were heavily involved in the Cardiff send-off and I saw Tomkat zipping about at the time. But being very new on the scene then we didn't, I think, get to meet you and Cath. But, maybe this time round. Please call in for a tot or a tinnie.

Cheers!
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Old 27 September 2002, 03:10   #3
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Mike,

Whatever happend to Magelan Alfa ? After the last picture on the "New Guts" series we didn't see any photo of the completed project, or the boat maybe at top speed.
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Old 27 September 2002, 03:54   #4
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I was thinking the same, are there any photos of the finished product??



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Old 27 September 2002, 04:33   #5
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I think your best bet is to try Brixham (by the MDL marina).
V. wide, lots of parking etc. You will also be right in the middle of the Round Alone action with big boats, parties and M and D Garside on hand to rib with as well. Give me a ring on 01803 559800 if you need more info.
PS Andy Mickelwright and family use this slip.
Can e-mail you digital photos of slip if you like.
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If you want to stick with Dartmouth rather than the other options, then I suggest that you launch at the Ferry slip and take the car and trailer to the "park and ride" at the top of the hill.

Parking anywhere else in Dartmouth is liable to cost you a fortune, even if you can find somewhere.

Another option is Salcombe that has a superb slip, with parking. You'll have to pay harbour dues, but as far as I can remember the prices weren't too bad.

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Old 27 September 2002, 07:35   #7
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As I understand,

You guys have to pay a little or even A BIG amount to launch your ribs. On the contrary in Greece we rarely have to pay for the launch, (only in crowded marinas near Athens), but on the other hand we haven't got as many launch sites as you.
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Old 27 September 2002, 08:53   #8
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Batfalcon - I don't mind paying a reasoable fee (<10) to launch the boat and park for the day without too much hassle - In the UK it normaly cost you something to park your car anyway. However 36 at Dartmouth Marina is just stupid - does anybody use it!! - Bristol Marina is 6 and that includes the harbour fees and secure parking!

Mike - Yes we'll be around on Sat and Sun so will try and touch base with you

Brian - will you be around?

From reading the thread my idea at the moment is that I will try Brixham - I launched TomKat there - found it OK. If I remember you leave the trailer on the slip (my new one is a bit bigger than TomKats ) and then park in the car park - and last time it took me ages to find a space! - Better start saving those 1 coins for the meter !!

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I live in Paignton and although I am not "actively" ribing at the moment, do not be surprised if you see me around.
A word of warning, from my garden, through a telescope, I can see the behaviour on the launching slip at Brixham. Any interesting little "mishap" on your part, is liable to be photographed, and posted here.
You have been warned.
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Visiting Dartmouth

I USUALY STAY IN DARTMOUTH FOR A WEEK A YEAR WITH MY RIB
JUST LAUNCH AT THE SLIP AND USE THE PARK AND RIDE. IT WILL BE WORTH IT ,FUEL BARGE ON THE RIVER, THE GUNFIELD AT THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER HAS A BAR ,SERVES GOOD FOOD AND HAS PONTOONS USUALY WITH HALF A DOZEN RIBS THERE. A GREAT RIDE TO SALCOME.......DARTMOUTH HOME OF RIB EYE!!!
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