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Old 06 July 2006, 16:32   #1
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Hope Cove / Salcombe

I would like to launch my 6M RIB, towed with a 4X4.

Which is better for launching - Hope Cove or South Sands? I have been to both in the past, but never launched there.

I am hoping to explore around a bit, and if the tide is OK, venture into Salcombe.

What's the smart local knowledge?

Jeremy Fry

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Old 07 July 2006, 02:38   #2
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Hope Cove is flat hard sand for a long, long way, took a lot of effort by six lads to launch an inflatable at half tide, not sure I would want to try a rib unless you like wading a 4x4. Might be different at high water. Great spot though Haven't tried South Sands.

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Old 07 July 2006, 02:46   #3
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If you can time it so you launch and retrieve at high water, then Hope Cove's OK. Otherwise, like Pete says, it's not an easy site.

We stayed in a cottage at Hope Cove a few years ago and planned to lunch the RIB there. We ended up leaving the RIB on its trailer in Salcombe and using the slip there which is great.

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Old 08 July 2006, 10:34   #4
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I would not use south sands as it is no better then Hope cove!
The slip in the boat park is excellent!
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Old 09 July 2006, 05:31   #5
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There is actually a proper slip at Hope Cove - I think it's outer hope - if you want I can get directions for you?
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Old 09 July 2006, 06:41   #6
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I found a page called 'Lifeboat Slip Inner Hope Hope Cove[slipway]' on Boatlaunch and thought you may be interested.
Click on this link to see it:

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