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Old 25 January 2011, 08:48   #1
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East coast launch sites

I'm guessing you knowledgeable folks will be able to help me.

I'm looking for a launch site on the east coast to do some sea trials from. I've got a bunch of props to try and would ideally like a launch site where I can get from water to an unrestricted speed area within a reasonable time, so I can swap them and be back at sea during a short day. Must be able to launch at all states of the tide.

Not that bothered by cost - although Suffolk Yacht Harbour at 25 seemed a bit steep considering it's probably an hour from the unrestricted zone.

Anywhere in Harwich for example???

Hope you can help
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Old 25 January 2011, 09:29   #2
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Burnham on Crouch is a tad further south , but only 10 to launch & recover at all states of tide ( just a bit muddy at very lowest ).

Approx twenty minutes to clear yacht moorings then no speed limit.

Also has decent restaurant & ample parking
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Old 25 January 2011, 09:35   #3
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Wells next the sea

Maybe to far north for you?

About 10-15 mins to open water

2 hours either side of high water access to the slip

You can beach next to the life boat station to change props etc so no need to keep going back to the slip

Harbour master is a very nice bloke; he'll sort out parking and storing your trailer etc in a locked yard

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Old 25 January 2011, 15:13   #4
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Brightlingsea, Unrestricted zone @ 5 mins from the hard, turn right towards Wivenhoe & sheltered water, or launch from across the creek @ point clear which I 'think' is free.


http://www.brightlingseaharbour.org/


http://www.brightlingseaharbour.org/...ching_fees.pdf
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Old 25 January 2011, 15:41   #5
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Excellent thanks folks. I like the sound of burnham, hadn't thought of brightlingsea but know it from sailing. Wells I've loOked at. Wasn't sure about the slip. I've gOt a 4wd but thought it looked narrow and steep with limited parking. Might have loOked at the wrong slip tho.

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Old 26 January 2011, 07:56   #6
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there is an unresricted area just outside Suffolk YH where skiing etc takes place in the summer

you would get a decent run at high water
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Sorry to correct you Suffolk Yacht Haven has a "water ski" area right outside it, the sea is only 20minutes away.

Brightlingsea is possible to lauch yourself or I think the tractors can do it also from the park and ride.

Across from Brightlingsea is Point clear that is a free launch site, open access fine with a 4x4

Bradwell Marina I think is 15 and near enough out to sea.

Burnham as mentioned

Unsure about launching at Harwich/Ipswich or surrounding areas.
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Old 26 January 2011, 13:29   #8
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given it's low tide around lunchtime i think we'll go for Brightlingsea.

Thanks for all the suggestions

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In the end we went to Brightlingsea. Thanks for the recommendation - we loved it.

Dead easy launch/recovery even at dead LW. Car park 2 minute walk from launch area, pontoons to tie up to after launch, 10 minutes motoring max to unrestricted zone, pretty town and a pub that does Sunday lunch for 5!!!!

When I launched the harbour master had no change so I even saved cash on that.

In the summer I think this will be a family favourite because it has town, beaches and water. Roll on those longer, warmer days!!!
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didn't mean to post this one! nothing more to say
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