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Old 22 June 2007, 04:40   #21
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Hey guys, thanks for the responses, I'm sure it'll all be fine, I'm with Sarah on that one. I might have a look at Hayling Island Area given that I did my course at Sparks so do know that area and if I was allowed to go more than 4knots it really wouldn't b that bad to get out to see to play. Was thinking about going out tomorrow afternoon as weekend weather looks a bit nasty for the first time but we'll see. Would've joined in the thread earlier but been driving tanks all day in Oxford! The main thing I guess is that it's enjoyable as that's the reason I invested in the boat in the first place, just want to get the hang of the whole launch and retrieve thing and then navigating the harbout, etc - how hard can it be!?!?
if you happen to want to launch at chichestor harbour at ichenor then give me a shout and i would be happy to pop over and give you some help as will be 2 mins down the road, and pointers if that helps, ichenor is around 3 to slip, 6 to park for the day and is compacted gravel, i have launched there many times as others have.

if it is your first time slipping and you use a busy slip then just stand and watch a few others, you can learn a lot that way. its easy if you follow a few basic rules
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Old 22 June 2007, 04:56   #22
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if you happen to want to launch at chichestor harbour at ichenor then give me a shout and i would be happy to pop over and give you some help as will be 2 mins down the road, and pointers if that helps, ichenor is around 3 to slip, 6 to park for the day and is compacted gravel, i have launched there many times as others have.

if it is your first time slipping and you use a busy slip then just stand and watch a few others, you can learn a lot that way. its easy if you follow a few basic rules
Hugh is absolutely correct 3 for the day and that includes the ability to park the trailer on the hard! Or 30 for the year. Harbour office really helpful. I have been warned, however, that it can be tricky to launch from Itchenor as it is quite shallow and sometimes you have to go a long way to get the boat floating - a friend had to drive their car into the water as well as the trailer - after all the problems with the trailer - not sure I want to go through that with the car as well. I think this is only had low water though. Is this correct Hugh? As the local resident in the know.
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Old 22 June 2007, 05:06   #23
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Hugh is absolutely correct 3 for the day and that includes the ability to park the trailer on the hard! Or 30 for the year. Harbour office really helpful. I have been warned, however, that it can be tricky to launch from Itchenor as it is quite shallow and sometimes you have to go a long way to get the boat floating - a friend had to drive their car into the water as well as the trailer - after all the problems with the trailer - not sure I want to go through that with the car as well. I think this is only had low water though. Is this correct Hugh? As the local resident in the know.
the problem is at high water, not low water
i never launch at high tide or around high tide as the slip is quite shallow, but the slip has a couple of steeper bits that are ideal for launching, if you aim for 1-1,5 hours either side of high you should be fine and dandy. the lower the tide the better especially if you have a 4x4

if you have only a front wheel drive car then you may have some difficulties but it is a busy wide slip and always someone with a landy or other to help so not a problem at all.
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the problem is at high water, not low water
i never launch at high tide or around high tide as the slip is quite shallow, but the slip has a couple of steeper bits that are ideal for launching, if you aim for 1-1,5 hours either side of high you should be fine and dandy. the lower the tide the better especially if you have a 4x4

if you have only a front wheel drive car then you may have some difficulties but it is a busy wide slip and always someone with a landy or other to help so not a problem at all.
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http://www.qhmportsmouth.com/index.p...ous=27&art=315

Its not necessary to ask permission on the VHF anymore. Unless that was just a trial or something?
Like Chris123 says, it seems you do still have to call up. Click on your link above and it says:

"a. Arrival. In the interest of safety all Small Boats bound for Gunwharf Quays/Town Camber are to enter harbour through the Small Boat Channel. Vessels are only to cross the Main Channel when they are to the north of Ballast Beacon, and permission has been obtained from QHM on VHF Channel 11. ...

b. Departure. Small Boats departing from Gunwharf Quays and Town Camber are to obtain permission from QHM on VHF Channel 11 before proceeding."

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Ah yeah. I was thinking of this notice

"From 08 22 May 2006 there will be a trial relaxation of the requirement for boats of less than 20metres in length to call Harbour Control when crossing the Harbour to and from the small boats channel via Ballast pile beacon"

I had it in my head that it was a permanent relaxation.
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if you happen to want to launch at chichestor harbour at ichenor then give me a shout and i would be happy to pop over and give you some help as will be 2 mins down the road, and pointers if that helps, ichenor is around 3 to slip, 6 to park for the day and is compacted gravel, i have launched there many times as others have.

if it is your first time slipping and you use a busy slip then just stand and watch a few others, you can learn a lot that way. its easy if you follow a few basic rules
Hugh, that's great thanks. Am a little worried about the 'first time' like with anything i guess so some guidance, pointers, etc from a pro would be great. Maybe you could PM me with your tel number just incase. Might try this afternoon but depends on work load.

Re the thread further on with the front wheel drive cars, i've got a Saab 9-3 2.2TiD so hoping this will be ok??
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Like Chris123 says, it seems you do still have to call up. Click on your link above and it says:

"a. Arrival. In the interest of safety all Small Boats bound for Gunwharf Quays/Town Camber are to enter harbour through the Small Boat Channel. Vessels are only to cross the Main Channel when they are to the north of Ballast Beacon, and permission has been obtained from QHM on VHF Channel 11. ...

b. Departure. Small Boats departing from Gunwharf Quays and Town Camber are to obtain permission from QHM on VHF Channel 11 before proceeding."

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So does this mean I cant go through the Harbour then without a VHF? Looking to invest in one, any suggestions for starters?
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Hugh is absolutely correct 3 for the day and that includes the ability to park the trailer on the hard! Or 30 for the year. Harbour office really helpful. I have been warned, however, that it can be tricky to launch from Itchenor as it is quite shallow and sometimes you have to go a long way to get the boat floating - a friend had to drive their car into the water as well as the trailer - after all the problems with the trailer - not sure I want to go through that with the car as well. I think this is only had low water though. Is this correct Hugh? As the local resident in the know.
It doesn't look that bad actually, 30 for the year aswell isn't a bad price either is it? It's quite a way out the Solent though so I guess there is a downside? For playing around and getting used to the boat might not be a bad thing.
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