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Old 01 February 2019, 05:11   #1
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Due to the recent death of our RIB loving 12.5yr old Dobermann we can't bear to go back to Salcombe anytime soon as the memories are too raw. Am thinking of alternatives and have in mind the New Forest and The Solent.

Can anyone offer recommendations for (1) a boat friendly caravan site, (2) which Mercury dealer would do a thorough yet reasonably priced annual service and (3) any water or tidal hazards when we are out and about? (4) Any good trips I should be planning? (5) Launching recommendations for low water?

Obviously I'm doing my homework ahead of time on ukcampsite.co.uk and boatlaunch.co.uk but I would love to hear your personal experiences.

Many thanks!
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Old 01 February 2019, 07:08   #2
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01159442442 central marine services in ilkeston do my stuff not sure if they are merc dealers but they do work on most engines.
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Old 01 February 2019, 08:20   #3
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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?

there is also a campsite on hayling island that has a slipway, and I have heard good things on the grapevine.

round the island is fun, if you are feeling brave! trips to the midsolent forts are fun esp if you take some fishing kit and a cool box - summer time the mackerel are so plentiful its sometimes not even really sporting - they just jump on the hooks.

newtown river in the western solent is gorgeous on a nice summers day. if you choose the right day you can blast around the needles, get lunch in yarmouth then sunbathe in newtown. careful of the tides there though it gets shallow in places.

a quick trip up the medina to the folly inn is always high on our list of days out.

in terms of a dealer for services etc, burseldon outboards 023 8040 6648 have been very helpful whenever i have used them so come recommended.

the solent is pretty safe for boating, for the most part. its obviously busy with lots of boaters and lots of major shipping firms operating in the area. oh and the royal navy! the water around calshot spit can be shallow in places, and depending on the tides bramble bank can be exposed. near langstone harbour there are east and west winner sand banks which can pose a hazard. off portsmouth beach there are antisubmarine blocks which extend all the way to the solent forts and will rip a rib to shreds if you hit them. they are pretty well marked.

hope that helps.
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Old 01 February 2019, 10:35   #4
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[QUOTE=rik_elliott;789500]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!
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Old 01 February 2019, 12:02   #5
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The Hut at Colwell Bay is always a a favourite jaunt for us. Anchor or grab a buoy & they’ll come and pick you up on one of the restaurant ribs. Book well in advance though.
Alum Bay a bit further on is lovely (there’s a big rock in and middlish so avoid that bit on a falling tide).
East end of the Island is Bembridge which is a lovely stop off.
Yarmouth, Lymington, Beaulieu, Newtown Creek.
Loads of lovely spots to choose from.
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I cant recommend a campsite but Lymington is a great place and has character similar to Salcombe. A couple of years ago we had a week in Salcombe then a week in Lymington. they are similar but different.

Launching in Lymington is easier than Salcombe with a big slip. You can park your trailer too in the public car park. We had a visitor mooring through the harbour master. in fact for me it was more convenient than Salcombe. In Salcombe we had a mooring and needed the water taxis. Plenty of places to go from Lymington both short and long trips. I dont know it well but we did Cowes, Needles, Bucklers Hard, Yarmouth. Probably more interesting in some ways. However it is hard to find somewhere as special as the Salcombe Estuary with the likes of Mill Bay.

I know it must be hard but I am sure you will end up going back to Salcombe some day - it just has that draw.
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Thanks guys some great suggestions, much appreciated
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Calahot is an option but a very exposed site (on the end of a massive spit). If you want something a bit more cosy and protected thereís a lovely site next to Mercury Marina on the river Hamble (the marina now owns the site). Itís called Riverside campsite or similar. My parents have taken their touring caravan there on quite a few occasions. The marina next door of course has all the usual facilities including slipway (a bit tidal). The Hamble is a lovely river to explore (some lovely pubs) and is very central in the Solent (comes out very close to Calshot). If youíve never explored the Solent before youíre in for a treat. Lots of places to go for day trips. Iíd recommend an amble down to Portsmouth. Huge harbour, lots to explore. Tie up at Gunwharf Quays for lunch. Cowes is of course another natural choice for a day out. Then Lymington, Yarmouth, Poole just down the coast if you fancy a slightly longer trip. If the weather is fine then going around the Isle of Wight is very enjoyable with plenty of places to stop along the way.
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Calahot is an option but a very exposed site (on the end of a massive spit). If you want something a bit more cosy and protected thereís a lovely site next to Mercury Marina on the river Hamble (the marina now owns the site). Itís called Riverside campsite or similar.
Thanks Tim it's got the thumbs up from Mrs limecc and the price is right so it's on the shortlist. If the boat can be moored until retrievable the slip could be worthwhile but there's others nearby, not sure which is best yet.
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Perhaps launching at Lymington would be a good place, plenty of caravan sites within a few miles in the new forest and outskirts. From lymington you have access to the solent, isle of wight, cowes, yarmouth etc, southampton, beaulieu river and also across into bournemouth and poole bay for poole harbour and access along the jurrasic coast, lulworth cover, swanage, chapmans pool etc etc.

For servicing I think there is a mercury dealer in lymington, or could try a mobile mechanic like www.ribshop.co.uk (keiran).

In terms of any hazzards and tides, tides good from lymington, you could purchase a book called solent hazzards which would be helpful.
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