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Old 23 September 2003, 16:22   #1
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Erm...probably aimed at NW RIBsters

I'm currently thinking about buying my first RIB (quite when is still up for debate with Mrs R, but anyway...)

As I'm based on the Fylde coast (North West England, nr Blackpool for those that don't know), there seems to be a real lack of slipways or 'all tide' access to the sea in the area. I'd like to be trailer based (i.e. mobile), but the only slipway I'm aware of is up at Fleetwood - I've seen some mad pictures of low-ish tide launches from Knot End (courtesey of Wavelength I think!!) and I'm not aware of any slipways on the Ribble. Whilst there is a lot of beach around, it has a v. shallow gradient, and a submarine might be more useful for launching than a car!!

The other option seems to be marinas, but Preston only gives access an hour either side of high tide (with 24 hours notice) - is Fleetwood any more amenable?!?

ANYWAY - the real question is what sort of access is available in the area?
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Old 23 September 2003, 16:26   #2
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Old 23 September 2003, 16:34   #3
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Thanks Andre!!

It looks like +/- 1.5 hrs at Fleetwood or I risk the car on the beach!!

Hmmm...

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Start off with Knott end on Sea or Stanah slipway. Leave the beach for later.
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Fylde coast

dont ever risk a car on the beach around here - even a 4wd is iffy - this is tractor country and we have towed out shed loads of 4wds on the back of a tractor!
Knott end is fine given good weather. Conventional launching is ok here most of the time, the over the side method is only neccesary on a spring with some wind. Come on a neap tide and you can use the slip at any time. Spring tides can be a little more difficult.
Stanah is ok for an hour and a half either side of high tide on springs-but go 2 and a half hours before so that you can see the banks and the bits to avoid.
PM me if you are going out and we will help you out with info or bring a boat ourselves for a run- the pub on Piel does a good pie and a pint!
we have lots of clients who come back with their boats for a first time launch and we look after them first time out
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