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Old 09 July 2003, 11:09   #1
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Dry Berthing In Portsmouth

Ken Brown boats is now offering a superb dry berthing facilty down at the Camber Docks in Old Portsmouth. Competivly priced and central for all your boating needs. If anyone is interested give him a call on 02392 814246.
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Old 09 July 2003, 16:07   #2
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Cant get much closer to the sea or the Pubs than Camber docks, might be worth a look for all you not lucky enough to be in Southampton. ( I can think of at least two people who will be looking for Berths soon) I'll pass it on
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Slightly off thread, but we went to use the slip at camber dock on tuesday only to find a huge fishing boat beached at the top of the slip and making it impossible to get a large rib past it into the water. On complaining to the person in the Ken Brown office, we were told that the slip being clear isnt guaranteed, so tough luck. However, this boat was obviously pulled out for major repairs / cleaning up, rather than just there for a few hours. This isnt the first time this has happened, and on previous occascions we got the impression that the fisherman was being done a favour and getting his boat out on the cheap. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Old 10 July 2003, 13:00   #4
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Alan,

I tried the number, only to be put through to "BT call minder".

Could you give us a little more info please, such as:

Is it a racking system. If not ...
Must the boat be on a trailer? - If "no", how is it stored?
How is it launched?
Are there shower facilities?
Chandlers on site?
Yamaha engineer on site?
Security?
Security?
Security? (repeats are intentional!)

In view of my telephone experience, does this mean that the company is just "one man and his dog" and was the dog left to man ("dog"?) the phone?

On the subject of racking systems, Cobbs Quay says that it will not put a RIB on the top shelf as it could get "blown about" and that A-frames cause a problem on inner shelves. This is a pity, as I am keen to have quite a high A-frame on my next boat, to support radar.

Hamble Yacht Services (Port Hamble) don't seem too keen on RIBs either. When I called recently, they said that they don't really like lifting a RIB off a trailer, in view of the large number of runners they have to negotiate and time taken. They did offer a "DIY" facility though, but at pretty much the same price as you would expect for someone else to launch and retrieve the boat.

My new RIB is still some way off (2006 season), but I like to plan these things!

Aries II (which I have owned for 14 years and completed the sale today) took 2 years to plan!

Thank you for any light you can shine on the issue of boat storage in Portsmouth or elsewhere in the Central Solent.

Regards,

Chris.
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Chris.

Definatly not a one man band. Ken Brown has been trading at the Camber for longer than I can remember and has recently invested a lot of money in security fencing around the yard.
Plans for next year are to bring in one of the huge fork lift trucks and American style racking so your new boat should not be a problem. If you have every seen an Amercian Dry storage system in oporation you will see how the British companies continualy fail to get it right. Toilets, showers and all facilities are within easy walking distance from the slip. You can store your boat on its own trailer or on the racking. At present the boats are launched with a crane but I have already explained how it is going to work next year.

As for the BT Call minder, did you leave a message?
You must remember that this is summer and boat yards are working flat out to service their customers needs. I think you will find that once you become a customer you will get a different telephone number.
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Alan, couldn't agree more. Dry berthing is a concept that for some reason really hasn't caught on here. The original yard in Poole is still going strong, but the proposed new bridge will force them to close as it's planned to go through the middle of their yard. (not good news for Mark Wildley)

Even though the yard has been in it's present location for 12+ years, the facilities are still truly awful. They don't even seem able to keep the vending machine full.

The new location at Cobbs is quite impressive, although being an MDL site is does suffer from the usual staff problems such as tea breaks, and the "sucking in of breath through teeth" whilst telling you it can't be done today!

The site does have nice toilets, shop, bar etc. The only real problem is again the proposed bridge, it will make the trip out of the harbour truly horrendous.
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If you are even considering dry berthing at a site that uses a crane, get proper lifting eyes built into your new boat.

This way craning on and off a trailer is very quick and easy, and less likely to damage either boat or trailer. The crane crew will thank you for it too!

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Alan,

This sounds like it could be a possibility. Do they put the boat in the water onto a pontoon or at the bottom of the slip? I am not familiar with this location.

Is the boat put in and taken out the same day or say in on Friday and out on Monday, for the weekend?

Re. your question - no, I didn't leave a message. Afraid I have got used to someone always being there (and providing a first class service) at Port Hamble. Yes Dirk, an MDL marina!

John,

Thank you for your suggestion about lifting points. I had assumed that this only applied to lightweight tenders. I shall bear this in mind, when I order the boat.

Best wishes,

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Hi Chris

Best thing is to call them in the week for the complete low down on how they oporate the system just in case I get it wrong.

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Stu your not thinking of that 'orrible black thing (apparently called a sib but could easily have an RCD code for ocean cruising given its size) that has taken up residence in front of your house ? and does Jelly ever intend to collect it or will the missus post it to him in little pieces

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