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Old 16 August 2015, 12:19   #1
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Menia Straights - how tricky are they really?

Considering launching at White Cottage tomorrow (Ribeye 600) and passing up and down the straights at / around high tide - are they really that tricky? Any tips or advise?

Any marinas or places to moor up for food?

Good spots for Mackarel fishing?

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Old 16 August 2015, 13:58   #2
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Forgot to mention we have a chart plotter on board so we can refer to that as well - is it just a case of taking it easy between the bridges and picking the deepest water on the plotter / watching the depth gauge?

I guess the ideal scenario would be follow a local through?!
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Not too bad need to be aware of the flow, lots of water moving very fast. Keep check your tide times. Give everything a wide berth and lots of time.


Caernarfon Harbour Trust Passage Through The Swellies
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Been while since i played up there, worked and trained at Plas Menai, and had a job of taking people to the island in the swellies looking to buy it back in 1985. Not sure the state of play on food any more.
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Compared to some....not Bad at all.
A lot of these overalls and tight channels got their BAD reps in the days of Sail,and dead reckoning navigation....in a modern Power Boat with basic equipment...along with a modicum of common it's just a matter of taking your time and enjoying the ride!
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Thanks lads, so we're best to follow the Nav and stick to the deepest water? I've been up so really hairy stuff on Jetskis before (unnavigable rivers in flood) but I don't know the Straits and they seem to have this rep!

Any good stops for a beer / lunch on route where you can moor up?
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Thanks lads, so we're best to follow the Nav and stick to the deepest water? I've been up so really hairy stuff on Jetskis before (unnavigable rivers in flood) but I don't know the Straits and they seem to have this rep!

Any good stops for a beer / lunch on route where you can moor up?
Now...THAT's when it can go Tits Up!

The Gazelle is decent and close at hand
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The SWELLIES are great frown the Menai bridge end go under the bridge in the middle of the span...then aim for the house in the middle of the straits...past the cardinal... See the posts under the Brittania bridge get them lined up and follow that line until the pyramid on the port side and head straight under the middle of the bridge span.

That does me on any tide

Once you go through you know why it's called the SWELLIES


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Moor at Menai bridge and have a beer at Dylan's great place...no mooring fees
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There is always someone going through the swellies if you would rather go in company for the first time,,,I did !! Launch at ty calch,always a good friendly bunch going from there,and first class launch and recovery,,don't even get wet


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There is always someone going through the swellies if you would rather go in company for the first time,,,I did !! Launch at ty calch,always a good friendly bunch going from there,and first class launch and recovery,,don't even get wet


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Haha that's exactly where we're launching from tomorrow, weather looks amazing with 5knt wind so should be glass flat. Anyone else launching on here?
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