Originally Posted by Vandad
To be honest, Liverpool bay is not the greatest place on earth to go powerboating! I was there in December with a group of people from a university testing Barrow Windfarm, and all you can see from the sea is industrial sites and it does have a nasty tide which may work against your plan...
I've got a permit for New Brighton and I don't tend to use it much for the same reasons, it's up at the end of the month and I doubt I'll renew it. The docks are interesting and the skyline is impressive... for about 15min. You can get much the same effect from getting the ferry for about £2.50. It's a good ten miles to get to the mouth of the channel as well or the very tidal dependant Rock Gut if you want to get out the Mersey and get round the Wirral. It's OK if you're local and don't fancy a trek but I wouldn't go out my way to go out on the Mersey.
As well as Safewater there is Glaciere in Liverpool itself. I did my PB2 with them and wasn't overly impressed, lots of wasted time on land and not a lot of boat time (despite only 2 of us on the course), especially in open water (most of the time was in the marina/docks). I thought the boats were a bit shabby as well.
Liverpool Sailing Club by the airport has started doing RYA Powerboat courses, I had a tour round it a couple of weeks ago as I was looking for a local alternative to New Brighton. Lovely place they've got and their big RIB looks quite nice. Might be worth trying there. They're not for profit so it might be a bit cheaper as well. Scenery is a bit nicer up that bit of the river too.