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Old 02 July 2015, 07:53   #1
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Launching on the north east coast.

i hoping to find some good launch sites on the east coast (yorkshire) if anyone knows any. public slipways that aren't an arm and a leg to use.

are there any groups that get together and head out too?

i know of whitby (good slip) and scarborough (very public with grockles watching for cock ups). i want some where thats not too exposed as my rib is only 3.5m long and driving onto sand worries me (bit green when it comes to beach launches).

any pointers appreciated.
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Old 03 July 2015, 04:20   #2
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You're struggling, the north east coast has to be the worst stretch of coastline in the UK when it comes to small boat facilities.


Humber bridge:- There's the lifeboat access on the beach at Hessle on the north end of the bridge. If you drop on when someone is at the station, they will unlock the gate for you for a donation. I wouldn't launch there, the beach is rocky & the tide is fierce, 75% chance of damage to boat.


There's a marina at Hull, afaik there are no facilities for day launching small boats.


Easington:- there used to be a guy who would tractor launch you off the beach, dunno if he's still there.


Between Spurn & Scarborough all you have are beach launches at Skipsea, Hornsea, Bridlington, Filey. These require tractors. We used to use Brid a lot, but the launch & recovery can be traumatic, you need a good bunch of strong blokes/divers in all but absolute flat calm weather.


The only launch we use now is Whitby, it costs 21 but that also includes car parking, so all in all not too bad & well worth the ease of launch/recovery. That's as long as you don't get a team of pissed up Geordies trying to launch jetskis


There were plans a few years ago to completely redevelop the harbour at Brid & build a marina, new shore line, the full works. This got objections from all the silver haired Grannies who retire to Brid to wait for the Grim Reaper, they claimed it would lower the tone of Brid, yeah right
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hahaha. sounds about right. lol.

Whitby seems favorite at the moment, the slip looks good plus far enough up river to be calm too.

I hear Scarborough is Ok but full of grockles watching.

Hornsea seems Ok, tractor and all that as long as its calm though.

At whitby, are the fees on a sliding scale for size of vessel? bigger = more cash?

I grew up on the south coast and used the FREE slips on the itchen and hamble or round at Langston. life was easier (busy but easy if that makes sense).
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At whitby, are the fees on a sliding scale for size of vessel? bigger = more cash?
afaik all the same price. They do a season ticket, but you need to use it about 15 times to get your monies worth.

Fish & chips at the Quayside are the best in the UK, avoid the Magpie, overrated & overpriced.
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yeah, the magpie is ridiculous. queuing all the way down the road. pfft, nah!

i'm normally in whitby on the motorbike so will be nice to see it from a better angle. lol
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What tow vehicle do you have? - As there are a few beach launch sites on the N/E coast (Saltburn/Runswick Bay/Sandsend). Also as your rib is quite light you may be able to man handle it down the beach into the water...
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What tow vehicle do you have? - As there are a few beach launch sites on the N/E coast (Saltburn/Runswick Bay/Sandsend). Also as your rib is quite light you may be able to man handle it down the beach into the water...

it's a 54 plate C220 diesel Auto Merc RWD. pushing the RIB n Trailer on tarmac is piss easy but sand and shingle could be problematic as for the most part i'll be on my own (the mrs ain't all that bothered and all i'll get is "my hairs a mess" or "i'm cold").

that's why i wanted a small rig. owt over 4m is more awkward on ya tod. lol
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it's a 54 plate C220 diesel Auto Merc RWD. pushing the RIB n Trailer on tarmac is piss easy but sand and shingle could be problematic as for the most part i'll be on my own (the mrs ain't all that bothered and all i'll get is "my hairs a mess" or "i'm cold").

that's why i wanted a small rig. owt over 4m is more awkward on ya tod. lol
Ah! I see your problem now, the obvious solution would be to get a bigger boat & change your................................missus
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Thats a thought i have thunked! Lol

What else do i need, car, motorbike n boat? Sorted!
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