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Old 20 June 2016, 06:43   #1
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Hi, I am new to Ribnet so hello to everyone, I have been out of boating for about 10 years and used to have a motor boat on a mooring in Hamble, I am just in the throws of purchasing a 5.9m rib and trying to decide whether I should take a mooring (huge costs again) or just launch each time we want to go out, I live to the east of Southampton near the river Itchen, can anyone recommend the best places to launch from with good parking etc for the car and trailer. Having a look the weekend, it seems all the free public slips are now in quite bad state, so more than happy to go with a marina etc. Any info would be great.
Our new boat is a medline 1 with a 75hp.

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Old 20 June 2016, 07:15   #2
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We use our boat so much more now she's in the water, wouldn't ever go back to faffing around with trailers, launching, parking etc - worth every extra penny!
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Old 20 June 2016, 07:21   #3
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Hi, Im really on the fence about this one, sticky point for me is that we are going away for 4 weeks this summer so I'd be paying for it to be afloat for the prime times I would want to use it! Our last boat was at Mercury Yacht Harbour on Hamble, also the rib has a nice clean hull, free from any antifoul at the moment. Can you recommend a more pocket friendly yard for moorings?
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have a look at Boatlaunch as this has a lot of options on, and includes some basic information and prices.
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Old 20 June 2016, 08:40   #5
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Dry stack an option? Cheaper than a wet mooring but without the faff of trailering to and from slip every time you want to go out?
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Old 20 June 2016, 09:33   #6
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Or Hamble point marine dose it too, they also have a compound you can keep the boat on a trailer and launch it your self when you want!
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Old 20 June 2016, 17:20   #7
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There is a good and wide concrete slipway under the Itchen bridge. You can find it on boatlaunch website. I've just moved from trailer to mooring at Kemps Key on the Itchen. So far so good. I am limited by tide and I bought a second hand drive on boat dock to keep her out of the water.

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Warsash is good and free. Just not very steep so you might need a rope at high water.
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There is a good and wide concrete slipway under the Itchen bridge. You can find it on boatlaunch website. I've just moved from trailer to mooring at Kemps Key on the Itchen. So far so good. I am limited by tide and I bought a second hand drive on boat dock to keep her out of the water.

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I use that slip too, but would not describe it as good!
No toilets or water on site, slip is very shallow, lots of bits to look out for at low tide, no pontoon or anything to tie up to!
It is free, just pay for car park, I would only use it when I'm out on my own as family would not put up with it!
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