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Old 13 May 2007, 12:04   #1
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100m!

We have actually had an OAP drive over a rope whilst we were retrieving!

Trouble is I've yet to find the perfect slipway. When you see the photos our American cousins put on RIBNET of their slipways it makes you sick. I've yet to find a slip that has all of the following:- is concrete, accesible at all states of tide, allows you to launch your boat off the trailer without dropping the trailer off, has no cross tide effects, a pontoon to tie the boat on whilst your doing other things, good parking etc. And before now i've paid up to £20 to launch and still haven't had all of the above. And I've even paid the Harbour Master to launch, done so and then been buggered for a parking place in the council car park. One day it might get to the situation where I have to take two other people with me every time I launch the boat. One to help me launch and one to reserve my parking space. (He'll need to be big and menacing).
If I need a massive rope to launch and i've got most of the other things I'll put up with where I launch.
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Old 13 May 2007, 12:21   #2
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Trouble is I've yet to find the perfect slipway. When you see the photos our American cousins put on RIBNET of their slipways it makes you sick.
It's true, they do seem to do 'facilities' in the US much better than here. Here in Portishead they decided to build a library on the slipway.

What was worse was they blocked the old (free) slipway off with concrete blocks months before any building work started. We are still waiting for the replacement and are told it will be launch by arrangement and marina tractor only ($$)... until then we can use the hoist at £80 a pop!
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I've yet to find a slip that has all of the following:- is concrete, accesible at all states of tide, allows you to launch your boat off the trailer without dropping the trailer off, has no cross tide effects, a pontoon to tie the boat on whilst your doing other things, good parking etc.
I'm pretty sure that the slip at Northney Marina ticks all these boxes. It certainly did when I kept a boat there a few years ago.

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Old 13 May 2007, 14:44   #4
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Thats a good slip. I believe its been upgraded in the last year. I have used it and found it ticks most of the boxes. Its very steep and would definately need a 4 x 4 for a big boat on a wet day. Tight turn at the top for reversing down especially if one of the local marine companies has left bits and pieces of yachts lying around. Biggest downside for that slip is its distance to open sea. Also being a bit thick I couldn't work out how to get on to the pontoon next to the slip. And as with all private marinas its expensive.
Although I think the local islanders use it without paying as it seems to be easy to get past the barrier. Having said that its over a year since I've used it so maybe the improvements have overcome all the niggles except for the distance to the sea.

Apparently Sparkes Marina at the entrance to Chichester Harbour once had a good concrete slipway but they totally filled that in to make more space for storing boats. And now they crane everything in.

Seems like having a private slipway, which tend to be the better ones, is an expensive commodity. But you would have thought that in the area of Southampton and Portsmouth there would have been quite a few good council run slipways. We seem to be left with a right old hotch potch of slipways that used to be ferry landings and have never had any major investment for the leisure boat user.
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Old 13 May 2007, 15:13   #5
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I'm pretty sure that the slip at Northney Marina ticks all these boxes. It certainly did when I kept a boat there a few years ago.

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Also the one at Cardiff Bay and the Weymouth slip are almost perfect.
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Camber slip in Portsmouth is perfect.
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Old 13 May 2007, 15:54   #7
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Camber slip in Portsmouth is perfect.
I second that. Big, wide, concrete slip, at an almost perfect gradient.

Apparently it was where the ferries used to dock, hence its' provenance.
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I've yet to find a slip that has all of the following:- is concrete, accesible at all states of tide, allows you to launch your boat off the trailer without dropping the trailer off, has no cross tide effects, a pontoon to tie the boat on whilst your doing other things, good parking etc. And before now i've paid up to £20 to launch and still haven't had all of the above.
Public Slipway at Balloch on Loch lomond ticks all of those points:
  • concrete
  • no tide
  • most people can keep trailer connected to car
  • pontoon beside it
  • reasonable parking (except after 11am on a bank holiday weekend!)
  • and its FREE

Oh - and has showers, tea, coffee etc on site!

...but might be a bit far for you to travel every weekend
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I second that. Big, wide, concrete slip, at an almost perfect gradient.

Apparently it was where the ferries used to dock, hence its' provenance.

And I third that - unless there's a lorry parked up on the slip or your rigs too long as it could be a tight turn in.
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Old 13 May 2007, 16:30   #10
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Public Slipway at Balloch on Loch lomond ticks all of those points:
  • concrete
  • no tide
  • most people can keep trailer connected to car
  • pontoon beside it
  • reasonable parking (except after 11am on a bank holiday weekend!)
  • and its FREE

Oh - and has showers, tea, coffee etc on site!

...but might be a bit far for you to travel every weekend
Maybe we could grade slipways. That one sounds like a 10.
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