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Old 29 January 2005, 03:59   #11
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Would be easier to trundle it round to the new harbour in Ventnor and launch from the slip if there are any waves and only lauch from Sandown if its calm.


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Old 29 January 2005, 04:13   #12
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thanks for all the replies,
launching from ventnor, probably wouldnt be possible, because the boat often gets used as a sailing safety boat, going out whenever there are races ,

as we are usually on the water first it shouldnt be a problem to get other sailers to help launch us, and recover us at the end.

like andy's method, and will probably think about fitting a keel band.

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Old 31 January 2005, 07:49   #13
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on the subject of beaching

On a related topic, can anybody give some advice on how to stop at a beach for a picnic?

Assuming its a calm sunny day do you just idle up and nudge the keel into the sand, get your family off but then what? Do you run the anchor up the beach and let the boat stay on the water's edge or let it back into deeper water. What happens when you want to get back on?

Are some beaches better than others for landing on? Are there regulations? Can you land on the sands at, say, Bournemouth or Lepe?
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Old 31 January 2005, 08:22   #14
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Is the tide coming in or going out?

We often come in for some nosh - but the favourite beach is very gently shelving sand, so the distances the tide covers can be quite big.

On an incoming tide, I wade back out till boat is totally floating, and stick a sand anchor down to keep her bows out at that point. When finished munching, I have a longer wade, (sometimes a swim too) to get back to the boat.

On an outgoing tide, I take the boat well out and use the same procedure (except for bows in). I also keep an eye on it, and if it starts to ground as the tide falls, I move it further out again.

There is not a single solution - depends on your beach, and tides.

Hope this helps some.

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Old 31 January 2005, 08:52   #15
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Last year we launched off Bognor slip at low tide, probably the calmest I have ever seen the water it was like glass. On returning with the first group of divers the conditions were still the same, but when we came back at high tide from the second trip it was a different story. The sea off shore was still like glass but as we approached the shore there were waves dumping onto the beach & slip. We hung back a watched a group of about 6 people trying to get a small speed-boat onto their trailer, a wave picked the boat up and through it over the trailer & Volvo estate dumping on the breakwater beside the slip, before dragging it back down ready to repeat it another 3 times.
After seeing this I dumped the divers (without their gear) to swim ashore, with instructions to take the trailer & all the cars to Littlehampton while I took the RIB along the coast.
Over the last year we have had to repeat this process 3 times, if it had been low tide it would have been another story (probably would have had to wait at Littlehampton until the tide came in enough to get it out)
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Old 31 January 2005, 16:12   #16
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Just as launching or recovering in surf is difficult to advise, because it is allways different. Then landing on a beach is also different each and every time. Generally there are 2 major factors to concider.
Wind and tide. For Wind ask yourself is it onshore offshore or accross the shore?
Offshore makes for a relatively easy approach as there will be very small waves, and the anchor can be placed on the waters edge buried in the sand (so you cant stub your toe!), with the boat riding on its warp facing the beach (head to wind). When its time to go, dig up the anchor and haul the boat to you.
Onshore wind is different. The anchor will have to be out in deeper water because we need to hold the boat out clear of the shallow, but this in some ways is easier. Drop the anchor in deep water and pay out the warp until you are where you want to be. It is possible to end up very close to the shoreline. To depart, step onto the boat and haul on the anchor. Drop the engine and off you go.
I have anchored well upwind of a lee shore and played out the anchor until I was about 4 feet from the edge. No need to motor astern, I just let the wind blow me back. Stepped ashore in me wellies with white surf all around.
The hazards are numerous but most importantly, carry a decent anchor. Allways keep an eye on the boat and bear in mind the tide. Any change in wind speed, direction or tide will change things, often for the worst. Remember sods law is written in the sand!
Tide effects mean if you leave the boat where it is, it will either be high and dry or in such deep water that you will have to wade or swim back to it. You cannot afford to leave it unattended for long!

As regards landing on a public beach, no problem. Providing you obey the local bye laws. Most bathing areas have a speed limit or a complete ban of powered boats. Ask the locals or check with the harbour master.

Hope this helps. Its worth reading Powerboating by Peter White. About 12, and then get on a level 2 course. If not get a 1/2 day practical lesson on beach landing. Most reputable RYA teaching centres will be able to do a course for your club for a modest fee.

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Anchoring off a beach

We have a trick that I have used many times. Take an anchor with six feet of chain. At the end of the chain attach a block and loop your anchor line through the block so that you have two lengths of rope running down to the anchor chain. Tie the ends of the anchor line together to form a very long loop. Drop your anchor offshore and motor in slowly to the beach paying out your anchor line as you go. Nudge onto the beach, get everyone out and tie the loop onto the boat. You should then be able to pull on one side of the rope and your boat will magically drift out to the anchor. Then tie your anchor line onto a second anchor that you remembered to bring ashore with and have dug into the sand. We use a thing that looks like a big corkscrew. When you want to go, untie the line from the land anchor and pull the boat to shore.
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Old 01 February 2005, 02:23   #18
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Originally Posted by 118118
I will probably be going from yaverland in sandown bay most of the time
It can be interesting in a Southerly in the bay , but if you are providing safety cover for Yaverland Sailing club , you will have plenty of helpers to launch , Swiftys and Andys advice is very sound , study the wave sets prior to luanching this will give you an idea as to when to go for it , but you will need helpers and it can be tricky at high tide at Yaverland , i spent some time their as a lifeguard we had to launch in all sorts of fun stuff , and the trick is to have a shore party for launch and recovery . The Isle of Wight Lifeguards are running a training course early April and rescue boat training is on offer to qualified Lifeguards so if you wanna get fit and do some training come and join us . all the best Tim
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