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Old 06 September 2006, 18:31   #1
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Launching @ Itchenor & weather

Is the forecast for sunday looking good? I've noticed we're in for a good spell of weather this week - anybody got a recent long-range covering the weekend? - from basic reports it looks good for sat and sun...

And! what is the best state of the tide to launch/recover from Itchenor in Chichester harbour - any advice would be great...!

Is the harbour office open to pay fees there on a sunday? if not anyone know where to go?
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Old 06 September 2006, 18:40   #2
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Hi Chris
Itchenor is good to launch at all states although at low water I have seen people struggle, not recovering but actually getting decent grip to pull back up to the hard as its all shingle ,have not experienced any probs myself and I tow with a vw van ,can get busy ,but cheap parking well within walking distance ,oh!almost forgot good pub too.
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Old 06 September 2006, 18:45   #3
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thanks toby! - bought my boat from Lansdale and they launched it for me there once on the demo, but I think with it being shingle all the way, I will try and make it a few hours either side of high water - boat isn't that heavy, but I don't fancy the embarresment of a tow out!

Hopefully be there sunday!
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Old 06 September 2006, 19:14   #4
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Hi there,
you can launch and retrieve at all times and the habour master office does appear to be open every weekend that i have been there!
if you are out in the habour at low tides make sure that you stay within the buoys as the tide can be very shallow in areas. and stick to the speed limit as ive heard just recently of the habour patrol using speed cameras.
i hope to be out myself from itchenor on sunday. so maybe seeya around.
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Cheers Pete - is the best place to leave the car/trailer in the public carpark up by Northshore? - can I leave it hitched up across a couple of spaces?!
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yes you can

high tide is tricky to launch as the slip way is very flat at high tide so you may need to unhitch, i launch at any time other than high tide, low tide being best for me, keep to the clean shingle and you should be fine, if only 2wd car then the steep bit my be tricky but keep to the right and should be ok, always others there to help if needed

carpark is fine, need ticket for both car and trailer

is a long drag out to sea
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Cheers Pete - is the best place to leave the car/trailer in the public carpark up by Northshore? - can I leave it hitched up across a couple of spaces?!
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Old 07 September 2006, 09:56   #7
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Full details on Boatlaunch

Have a look at
http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/index.as...redfilterid=10
for full details.

You can also get tide info. Click on the Easy Tide filter and a 'T' will appear on the map. Click on the symbol and "hey presto"
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Old 07 September 2006, 10:40   #8
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Cheers Pete - is the best place to leave the car/trailer in the public carpark up by Northshore? - can I leave it hitched up across a couple of spaces?!
Most people leave there trailers on the hard, {theres no charge for this}. But
bear in mind, to leave the trailer as close to the road as possible due to this weekend being a higher tide than usual, your trailer could be under water when you return!!
I Regularly leave mine on the hard with a wheel clamp attached.
it can get a bit busy there, so early the better for a space on the hard.
There is a 3.1 mile cruise before you reach open sea which takes about 15-20 mins sticking the the speed limit.
And you will sea the isle of wight which is 10 miles across it takes about 20 mins at a steady 20 mph.
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Brilliant ok, thanks, think I might leave the trailer in the carpark though If its springs this weekend...My father kept his boat in Chi marina for 10 years so fairly familiar with the harbour (now moved round to portsolent) but have never launched a rib from chi before! - may take a trip round to portsmouth along the inshore route if the sea state allows me to go quick enough! - lunch on easthead in the afternoon maybe too...
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