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Old 03 May 2011, 11:16   #1
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Launching in Portsmouth

Hi I am off down to Porstmouth this weekend ( SAT 7th MAY)
has anyone any advice for the area as the chart looks busy :-)
launching from Camber Dock all being well.

and also read that I need to call up QHM on ch 11 to ask to leave/enter Camber?
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Old 03 May 2011, 11:38   #2
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Camber is a good concrete slip which can be steep and low water, there is I think a 50p charge to open the gate and then a parking fee for the car park close by. The slip does not have a nominated jetty and you should in theory leave by staying alonsgide the slip and loading despite the wooden jetty on the left of the slip. Wide enough for two cars to be alongside each other.

Yes you are correct. Call on channel 11 for QHM and ask permission to cross from Cmaber to Ballast which is a RED post opposite but look out for the ferry in camber (you cant miss it) Yes it is busy area but very manageable. Try not to cut the corner as the harbour master boat will come am speak so a run direct across the harbour when given permisson. Fast cats also close by and cross channel ferries come in and out as well as warships. Also have a look at cahrt as small boat chanell is the route in and out of harbour to Solent which you should use. Dont be fooled by the normal left and right of a river.

There will be loads doing the same for both ways- BALLAST- GUNWHARF AND CAMBER AND REVERSE ROUTE so listen to channel 11 before you proceed.

Say hello if youy see our boats we are there on Saturday morning- lunch Ian
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Thanks Ian Yep we are launching Sat arround lunch time when we get down there from Northants.

We are DIVESPORT (2EMQ5)
Hope to see you there.

Jeremy and Linzi
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also watch out at low water can be very slippery at the bottom of slip and can be quite tricky pulling up your boat all the best gav
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Hi Thanks for all the advice.
we had a good run out to the IOW.
Watched the Hoavercraft and had a blast round the forts.
Bit choppy and chilly. so headed in and had a mooch up the river.
Nice.

And more importantly wvery thing is good and happy with the old girl and her engine.. FLYING :-)
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For future reference, the Camber slipway gate is 2.50 to open. There are two pontoons nearby, one is owed by Portsmouth Sailing club, and if you park on there you run the risk of being charged/yelled at by one of their committee members who seems to sit watching the pontoon with a pair of binoculars 24/7. However, it is worth noting that Portsmouth Sailing club do offer a short stay rate for use of the pontoon for non members (can’t remember how much but its only a few quid). This is paid for over the bar (first floor of the clubhouse in Bath square just round the corner, open from noon at weekends). The bar sells temporary parking permits for a couple of quid. If you’re planning on parking in the Camber for more than an afternoon, it’s far cheaper to pop in here, pay a short stay for the pontoon and pick up a parking permit at the same time, than paying to use the pay and display carpark by the slipway.

The other pontoon is the pilots pontoon. You can normally get away with tying up there for a few minutes, but make sure you use the area of the pontoon nearest the slipway as the pilot boats come alongside quite often at the far end. Don't leave your boat unattended here otherwise they will remove it.
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