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Old 02 July 2019, 04:31   #1
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Marina for a week - no Antifoul

Hi All,

I'm planning on taking our rib away from its usual drystack home over to Sandbanks for a week in August.

It will travel by water and the only solution I can think of would be to keep it on a visitor pontoon at one of the many marinas.

We are hoping to use it most days whilst away but the boat isn't antifouled and I want to know if it will be alright for a week on the water/ in a marina - or is that likely to cause issues re fouling and gelcoat etc.

Your knowledge/ experience appreciated!

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The boat/gelcoat itself should be fine - it's (presumably) designed to cope with the water, and the antifouling paint is just there to try and help reduce fouling growth build up. The more you use it and keep it moving, the less growth you'll get!

My RIB lives on a trailer but spends days/weeks in the water at various times during the year, and if it does pick up a bit of fouling, I just scrub or pressure wash once it's back out again. Presumably you could do that if needed once back at your dry stack?

We used to keep our previous RIB in the water year round with no antifouling, and scrubbed it off as needed or just pulled it out for a pressure wash.
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It'll be fine for a week but make sure you scrub it - certainly afterwards but even in some shallows in an idle moment during the week.


Don't let the marina give you a half tide berth (which they are want to do with small craft) if you let the hull sit on the bottom it will fur up in no time.
A straight visitors berth should have plenty of water beneath it.
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It'll be fine for a week but make sure you scrub it - certainly afterwards but even in some shallows in an idle moment during the week.


Don't let the marina give you a half tide berth (which they are want to do with small craft) if you let the hull sit on the bottom it will fur up in no time.
A straight visitors berth should have plenty of water beneath it.
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A week won't be an issue, just a good wash afterwards
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Thanks for your thoughts, much appreciated.

Any Poole/ Sandbanks recommendations in terms of good marinas and/ or local places easy to visit by rib?
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Marina for a week - no Antifoul

The tidal range (neap/spring) is in the range 0.5 / 1.6M so it should be easy to find a berth/mooring which doesnít dry out.

Places worth visiting;
Trip up the river frome to Wareham, dock on the quay - nice eatery over looking the water.

Studland Bay - pig on the beach is excellent, if pricey, eatery. Sheltered area to anchor.

Kimmeridge, lulworth cove are worth a look further along the Purbeck coast. Good snorkelling.

Spend a day exploring Poole harbour, Arne is a popular spot for swimming/picnicking. The west / south side is relatively undeveloped and worth a look.

Christchurch/Mudeford is close by, but be aware of the entrance sand bar / tide times - Iíd research in advance because Iíve heard it can be tricky.
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Various threads on here with similar questions from last year, but for places to visit I'd add to the above:

- Brownsea Island, and possibly a trip around the back of the islands to Goat Horn point. We typically anchor either at Pottery Pier or the south side under the Scout camp, there's a National Trust cafe at the east end of the island.
- Swanage is a lovely traditional seaside town if you want to venture a few miles out of the harbour. Easy places to anchor close inshore, can drop people off on the old stone quay, and there is a water taxi operating.
- Depending on what sort of distances you want to do, then yes, Chapman's Pool, Kimmeridge, Lulworth Cove and Weymouth to the West are all potential day trips.

Commercial marinas are effectively Salterns, Parkstone Bay (tidally restricted), Poole Town Quay Boat Haven and MDL/Cobbs Quay/Davis Boatyard (under the twin bridges). Parkstone YC, Royal Motor YC and Poole YC are all yacht clubs within the harbour which may allow non-member visitors depending on available berths at the time.
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Thanks for your thoughts, much appreciated.

Any Poole/ Sandbanks recommendations in terms of good marinas and/ or local places easy to visit by rib?
Few mentions of the Jurassic coast, lovely area just be aware of the overfalls around St Albans head if you do go west and hit the tide wrong, can get lumpy!
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