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Old 23 May 2013, 14:32   #1
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Menai Strait Advice

Evening all.

We're off down to Caernarfon on Saturday for an impromptu bank holiday weekend. I'd like to head through the strait and up to Puffin on the Sunday at some point and am just wondering on when to do it.

HW at Menai Bridge is supposed to be 11:18 which puts Slack water at 10-ish doesn't it. So if I go through then what time do I need to be coming back through? Is it really un-navigable whilst on the ebb? In a 5m rib? The pilotage stuff I've read all say you have to go through at HW slack.

All advice gratefully received.
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Evening all.

We're off down to Caernarfon on Saturday for an impromptu bank holiday weekend. I'd like to head through the strait and up to Puffin on the Sunday at some point and am just wondering on when to do it.

HW at Menai Bridge is supposed to be 11:18 which puts Slack water at 10-ish doesn't it. So if I go through then what time do I need to be coming back through? Is it really un-navigable whilst on the ebb? In a 5m rib? The pilotage stuff I've read all say you have to go through at HW slack.

All advice gratefully received.
hi, we will be about on Saturday, launching from Ty Calch and most probably heading through the Straits to Puffin Island, looking for Puffins!! no probs going through on any state of the tide, loads of water, just watch of for the rocky bits! pm me if you want to meet up, happy to help out
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There is a channel stick to it, especially at low water,if you tag along with Chris you will be fine and once you have done it a couple of times it's easy to remember.

Going out over the Caernarfon bar is another matter.
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There is a channel stick to it, especially at low water,if you tag along with Chris you will be fine and once you have done it a couple of times it's easy to remember.

Going out over the Caernarfon bar is another matter.
Kerny, that's almost a compliment, I've got a tear in me eye there's nowt wrong with the caernarfon bar, they do a nice pint anyway, it may have to be a trip over the bar, I can feel a trip to Ty Coch coming on, a pint on the beech sitting in the sunshine, just what me knackered body needs, if not Ty Coch, at least that lovely beech at Pilots Cove, YIPEEEEEEEEEE
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Pilots cove is pretty but... bar
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stop it Kerny, it's only a sand bank, when its calm its not a problem, just stay away from it when HP organises a Ribnet cruise
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stop it Kerny, it's only a sand bank, when its calm its not a problem, just stay away from it when HP organises a Ribnet cruise
I meant this kind of bar
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Thanks Chris. Prolly won't get down in time to do anything meaningful on Sat, though might chuck it in for a bit if its blazin.

I see the channel on the chart... in some ways it might be better to go through at low water, at least that way the nasties are visible?
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I see the channel on the chart... in some ways it might be better to go through at low water, at least that way the nasties are visible?
mmmm... unless they are just below the surface?
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mmmm... unless they are just below the surface?
Ok ok, i meant more of the nasties. At high water it looks like butter wouldn't melt...
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