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Old 29 June 2009, 05:46   #1
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Launching in Dartmouth

Where do people launch in Dartmouth, and also any recommendations on where to leave a trailer while cruising the estuary?

Any thoughts appreciated.
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Alongside the chain link ferry on town side is the public slip but you need to be careful of ferry movements- concrete slip and good access but busy roads close by- not sure on trailer storage
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The slip alongside the upper(Chain) ferry is about the only one on the Dartmouth side.

There is however no parking easily available, and it's a right pain.
As we camp just outside Dartmouth we tend to take all the cars and trailers back to the camp site and park there.

We then have a single car take all the drivers round to whatever beach we are using that day, or the drivers drop back down the hill on the park and ride as its a 2min walk from the campste.

there are trailers parked opposite the slip in the park area, but I'm not sure how you arrange this. Even then parking just the car in Dartmouth can take ages, cost a fortune, and you can end up a long way from the slip.

Parking is the one thing we don't like about Dartmouth, you'd think with the amount of use the slipway gets the council would have found a solution by now.

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Old 29 June 2009, 07:25   #4
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I've seen the trailers across the grass near the tennis courts at the top of the slip. I think that is where in inshore lifeboat is stored?

As you say Nasher the parking is a nightmare and expensive too.

Hopefully a Dartmouth resident will be along soon with a genius idea
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I got quite a way down the line of buying a campsite just outside Dartmouth once, unfortunately it fell through.

I was going to buy a tow vehicle and offer campers a service where they were towed down to the slip, launched, and the trailer returned to the camp site for the day.
At the end of the day a phone call would get the trailer and tow vehicle back to the slip.

When are you going down?

We'll be around between the 8th and 15th Aug.
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We're down there 10th - 19th July

Second child due mid August, so I think wings will be clipped for a bit after this trip.
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hi,
The main (and really only) launching point in Dartmouth iself is the public slip at the higher ferry. this slip is OK at all states of tide
Trailers can be left in Coronation Park at the top of the slip, but parking fro cars is v. difficult.

As a local I would suggest 1 of 3 alternatives:

Launch from Dartside Quay at Galmpton - c. 2.5hrs either side of high water - not too expensive (I think c. 12.00 with parking). This puts you 30min up river from Dartmouth, but a lovely part of the river - its where I keep my RIB.

Launch from Dittisham - there is a slip and access beyond the village, but the roads aren't so good & I don't know the fees.

Launch from Brixham - 13.00, plus parking, secure trailer parking inc o/night, accessible except at +/- 30min low tide - steep slip, and zoom round Berry Head to Dartmouth by sea. This gives geat csot views on the way in & the best way to enter Dartmouth is from the sea.

Can't think of any other options.

Trust this helps.

If you want any info on where to go / eat etc pm me & I''ll give you some suggestions.

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launch at higher ferry although you need to be careful the new ferry is massive and fast ,park trailer in park and ride use bus to get back to slipway .parking on coronation park is for permit holders only and boats under 15ft
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I agree with Lakelandterrier,

Launching from Dartside is very easy, shallow slip and also it is very secure due to the cameras and card activated gate to get in and out. I also keep my Rib there.

The run round from Brixham to Dartmouth is a great fun an only takes 30 mins.

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The main (and really only) launching point in Dartmouth iself is the public slip at the higher ferry. this slip is OK at all states of tide
Trailers can be left in Coronation Park at the top of the slip, but parking fro cars is v. difficult.

As a local I would suggest 1 of 3 alternatives:

Launch from Dartside Quay at Galmpton - c. 2.5hrs either side of high water - not too expensive (I think c. 12.00 with parking). This puts you 30min up river from Dartmouth, but a lovely part of the river - its where I keep my RIB.

Launch from Dittisham - there is a slip and access beyond the village, but the roads aren't so good & I don't know the fees.

Launch from Brixham - 13.00, plus parking, secure trailer parking inc o/night, accessible except at +/- 30min low tide - steep slip, and zoom round Berry Head to Dartmouth by sea. This gives geat csot views on the way in & the best way to enter Dartmouth is from the sea.

Can't think of any other options.

Trust this helps.

If you want any info on where to go / eat etc pm me & I''ll give you some suggestions.

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Thanks for the info guys.

It makes launching in Salcombe look easy, with the free slip, trailer park and the bookable parking!

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