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Old 26 August 2006, 14:09   #11
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Its about ten minutes off the M275. Go into Portsmouth and follow signs to "Old Portsmouth" and the cathedral. You will eventually go past the cathedral on your right. Carry straight on, and just follow that road. It goes round to the right with the sea wall on your left. At the end of the road you have to turn right. Once you turn right you'll be able to see where everything is. The slip is round to the left and the trailer park is straight in front of you. The Spice Island Inn is just round the corner and does good food for when you get back! (Note: dont be tempted to tie up to the pontoon on the left of the slip - theres a regular boat bus service which uses it and i have been shouted at by the angry skipper several times!)
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Old 26 August 2006, 14:12   #12
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Tim,

Sorry to be a pain but have you got street name so I can look it up on Boat Launch.

Many thanks
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Old 26 August 2006, 14:28   #13
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Tim,

Sorry to be a pain but have you got street name so I can look it up on Boat Launch.

Many thanks

http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/index.as...redfilterid=10
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Old 26 August 2006, 14:53   #14
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Camber is where I launch Greyhound. Nice area to leave trailers seperate from the car park (wheel clamps etc required!) within easy walking distance of the slip. Car parking is about £8 a day in the car parks, however I can get hold of 24hr permits for £2 or £2.50 can't remember which (you have to be a resident to get these - I get them through the sailing club).

I have a season pass for the slip, these are available from the harbour master for I think around £50 for the year, (again mine is through the sailing club) but the gate is often broken, and it's usually £2 if it's working.

Camber is a cracking slip to launch down, pretty much full tide access (very rare for it to dry out) and it's at a fantastic angle. Plenty of room along the edge of the slip and quay to tie up and wait. Also fantastic cafe (Slipway Cafe) just next to it for bacon sarnies and a reasonable cuppa!
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Old 26 August 2006, 15:09   #15
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Nice area to leave trailers seperate from the car park (wheel clamps etc required!)
Jimbo,

Are you being sarcastic with that remark or is it a genuinely nice area.
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Old 26 August 2006, 15:09   #16
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I've always used Calshot Activity Centre. The slip is wide, accessible at all states and not too steep (leave the trailer on the car). You can tie the boat up to the adjacent pier while you park the car (plenty of parking except on a few weekends when they run sailing events). I’ve left the car overnight without any problems, but I've read of problems with boats left there for storage.

Recovery can be a bit tricky due to current and wash from passing ships and ferries, but I've never had a problem and there's usually someone else around to assist. There are hoses to wash off and flush the engine. The acitivity centre has toilets, showers and a cafe.

I’ve also used the Public Hard at Hamble-le-Rice. It’s very tight to get to and parking can be a bit tricky; get there early to use the adjacent pay-and-display, or a few hundred yards up the road there’s a gravel parking area (seen it but never used it). Either way you’ll need to take the trailer off for parking (no trailers allowed in the pay and display, but there’s room to leave it just to the side of the slipway). There’s a big pontoon where you can tie up while faffing with the car. Only facilities are local public toilets. Advantage to me is absolutely no current, so a doddle to get off and on the trailer when solo (although there’s a sign there asking you NOT to use the engine!) I’ve only used this a couple of times; others may have more experience.

Both of the above can be found on Boatlaunch.

I’ve also used Hamble Point Marina – very nice facilities but VERY EXPENSIVE, so never again!

Happy boating.

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Old 26 August 2006, 15:13   #17
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The Camber is genuinly nice.

I don't like Calshot. I had everything in/on my boat stolen last Autum. The facilities arn't that great. End of last season someone stole the hose so if you wanted to wash off after you had to take your own. Plus when the wind blows it really blows at the end of the spit making recovery impossible.
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Old 26 August 2006, 15:20   #18
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The Camber is genuinly nice.

I don't like Calshot. I had everything in/on my boat stolen last Autum. The facilities arn't that great. End of last season someone stole the hose so if you wanted to wash off after you had to take your own. Plus when the wind blows it really blows at the end of the spit making recovery impossible.
Hi Tim

I think it was your thread I read that put me off storing my boat at Calshot. Compared to anywhere else I've launched (at less than £30!) the facilities are far superior. But as you say, when it blows ...

Camber seems to have its problems? See this thread which put me off trying it.

Andy

ps - the hoses are back!

pps - it's on the New Forest side of Southampton Water as per original request.
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Old 26 August 2006, 15:24   #19
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Nick you are wlome to use our failities FOC however with your money I guess you cam afford Shamrock

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Old 26 August 2006, 15:30   #20
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Nick you are wlome to use our failities FOC however with your money I guess you cam afford Shamrock

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Thanks for the offer Stu.

I'm looking at somewhere to treat the family. This launch has to be different to my normal ones because of the family factor.

I need somewhere easy to launch so it doesn't take the fun out of the day and I don't want to get all stressed with my family.

I'm going to do a recce this week and make a decision based on that.
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