Codders - yep we're talking about the same slip.
The old one was not great but after a bit of investment the new one truely is near perfect.
The gradient of the slip increases as it reaches water level to make it a dream to launch here. There are pontoons car and trailer parking.
I've used the slip quite a few times now ( as it's about half a mile from my house) an alternative is penarth slip, which is in bad repair, you need a key (£20 I think) is tidal, takes quite a bit of swell and there is no parking.
The water in the bay is kept at a constant level and only when this is threatened are the locking operations affected.
Nugent - cause the slip is in the bay water levels are never an issue! However the slip is part of the watersports / leisure centre so has limited opening hours currently 10 :00am - 4:00pm I believe, however during the summer last year they did extend it to 7:00pm. The cost was around £6 last time I was there with a £5 deposit for your bay permit. you need proof of insurance and to fill out a questionaire - (persons on board, draught, PFD's for all etc).
TQboater - the normal locking times are every half hour - (on the hour and half past the hour outbound and quarter past to quarter to inbound). However if the water level in the bay drops too much (usually during draught seasons) restricted locking is applied (usual to every hour). Similarly if the salt content in the bay builds up too much the same is enforced. Any restrictions such as this are listed on the Cardiff NTM pages: http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/marketing/...otices/ntm.htm
Doesn't happen often only a couple of times last year that I'm aware of.
Have a browse around the site and gives you lots of info.
Just looked out my office window and can see that they appear to be running normal operations today
Looks like a reasonable day for a spin too!! How come that always happens when your boat is being serviced
Only things to watch out for are the speed restricted areas, there are restrictions on immersion sports - (kayaking, water skiing etc) which are pretty much banned unless part of the local clubs. But once out through the barrage it is great. Steep holm and Flat holm island are a nice spin out into the channel, fish and chips in Weston Supermare or Minehead or a trip down the coast to Barry.
If anyone is fancying a trip up, down or over to Cardiff same offer applies as above - give me a call if I can help (or if you fancy a beer)