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Old 05 February 2019, 02:50   #11
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Thanks Boris, Lymington looks very good for launching for the reasons you said.

For servicing I realized only an authorized dealer can read and update the Mercury service database so I will be going to Beeston Marina, Nottingham if I decide to stay local, or I will use MB Marine in Southampton when on holiday, Mark inspired confidence and I felt a rapport even after a brief conversation so I am happy to send some business his way.

@JeffStevens, first off I rang Central Marine Services in Ilkeston more than a few times and they never picked up, I guess they are not there much rather than being too busy as it's out of season.
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Old 08 February 2019, 20:14   #12
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More or less have plans sorted now thanks to your earlier suggestions and I also found useful info from other threads here and on another forum.

Will stay at Hurst View Leisure which is just a few minutes dog walk from the Solent and a few minutes drive to Lymington. Pricing structure is simple, just one price 30/night all year which means it's actually cheaper in peak season and there's plenty of room no cramming in like on other sites. A second car and trailer go free.

Riverside Holiday Park, Southampton looks nice and is viable but looks a bit tight and may have motorway noise at night. Launching places seem less ideal but maybe offset by being cheaper.

Will launch every day at Lymington rather than getting a berth which would be under 60/week plus one 16 launch fee. I'm sure I could get my insurance to cover leaving it floating overnight but it's too much faff to empty it of all the stealable gear which I would otherwise have to carry to the car. Although this will cost 120/yr it is better than paying daily especially if we go back again in September. Won't use the public car park opposite the slip, too busy and too expensive at 16/day. Spoke with Matt at Lymington Yacht Haven and he will charge 6 a day for the car and not charge for the trailer because it's small and can be tucked away. Very helpful guy. I read Berthon Marina have done similar. Both would charge approx 22/wk for 4.2m of boat storage if I choose to leave it there until our return in the autumn. I'll leave it there on the trailer if the route through town proves stressful due to congestion.

Therefore compares very favourably with Salcombe price wise yet offers potentially so much more to see and do. I got the Imray paper chart for the Solent, will update the plotter to G3 in the next few weeks.
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Navigational video for Lymington.
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We use the marina at Lymington and the site at Hurst Castle Hurst View Leisure, camping, luxury holiday accomodation, log cabin, new forest, Milford-on-Sea, Lymington, hampshire, uk

They have fields, static, tourers and the odd shed if I remember correctly. Happy t have the boat trailer there too. Lymington itslef is simple and easy, we worked out that by the time we'd paid parking and launching we could stick her in the marina for the week with parking included, great showers and a good set of toilets
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ive never tried to camp there myself but calshot spit has a camp site and excellent boat launch facilities right in to the solent. the main slip is deep water and can be used any state of tide. im not sure if the camp site is a 'members only' thing though?

The camp site is members only, with a 8 year waiting list!
In an effort to boost numbers of campers in the off peak times, they are going to accept everyone on the waiting list.

It will be interesting to see the effect on pitch availability which seemed to be in short supply last year.
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Thumbs up for Solent hazards book. There are too many to mention. If you are exploring Lymington, check out the hazards near the needles, such as goose rock. There is a great video of the rag and stick round the island race, with them all crashing into it. Several hazards in freshwater bay. https://www.sail-world.com/uk/photo/339083


Another point to note is the speed limit for Lymington river protrudes into what I would call open water and it is heavily patrolled, a lad I know fined over 1k. Easy to get wrong at high water.
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Another point to note is the speed limit for Lymington river protrudes into what I would call open water and it is heavily patrolled, a lad I know fined over 1k. Easy to get wrong at high water.
you arent wrong there. a few years back i got pulled over by the harbour master whilst a long way out and really not where you would expect there to be speed control. he had a good old moan but no fine levelled. they are hot on it - lesson learned and i have been very careful since then
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Gtflash and rik_elliot, great info there many thanks.
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