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Old 05 October 2007, 04:26   #11
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Marina issue for me is it is 8am - 6pm in summer and I want to use it in the evenings after 6. If you come back afetr 6 when they are closed, they charge you £12 a night visitor fee at mooring and you have to be back the next morning to recover else they charge another £18 for removing it for you!!!! (on top of the £1200 you have paid for the boat park)

I have been told several times about using a rope to lower rib and keeping car near top of slip. I have a 2.0 litre diesel VW Bora TDI - 150 BHP. Tow limit is 1500kg. I am guessing this rib setup I have is 1000KG loaded up.

Maybe it will be ok with a rope ??
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Old 05 October 2007, 04:55   #12
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Have you looked at the Dry Stack option - there are a number of them around - less hassle, secure and easy boating
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Old 05 October 2007, 08:00   #13
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Very Nice Boat - Good Choice.

Agree about a 2nd vehicle. 10 year old discovery would be a good purchase, you would need to win the lottery to keep it running through - My sisters selling hers (about 8 years old) as they can't afford to keep replacing gearboxes! It does spend most of its life off road (in the dealers!)
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Maybe that's the problem - the dealers!!! I have yet to have a gearbox failiure in ANY vehicle I have owned - and that includes 5 LRs!!!

Then again I service the LRs myself - it's amazing how many people who think they know what they are doing still stick EP90 in LR gearboxes.....
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Maybe that's the problem - the dealers!!! I have yet to have a gearbox failiure in ANY vehicle I have owned - and that includes 5 LRs!!!

Then again I service the LRs myself - it's amazing how many people who think they know what they are doing still stick EP90 in LR gearboxes.....
now that is a fact the oil pump in gear box thinks what the fook,
and also have seen auto fluid in a transfer box
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Old 05 October 2007, 15:46   #15
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Marina issue for me is it is 8am - 6pm in summer and I want to use it in the evenings after 6. If you come back afetr 6 when they are closed, they charge you £12 a night visitor fee at mooring and you have to be back the next morning to recover else they charge another £18 for removing it for you!!!! (on top of the £1200 you have paid for the boat park)
I use a similar set-up to this in Essex, except the summer times are 9am to 5pm (5.30pm if you push them). Yes, on some summer days its a pain having to get back before they close, or more on a pontoon / buoy if they've already closed, but how many times a year is that situation going to arise?

If you add up the costs of launching yourself (boat storage elsewhere if not at home, fuel at towing MPG, launching fees, car park fees for the car and trailer while you're out), I don't think they'll be far off the £1200 you've been quoted.

Also, you tend to get more time out on the boat with park and ride. Just chuck the kit in the car, rock up at the boat and ask them to launch you. Less time spent at either end of the trip mucking around hitching up and launching yourself etc.
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check out http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/
your car should cope and surely there is an easier slip somewhere, look on boatlaunch
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Or Google Earth - great for checking on slipways!!!
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My local slip is quite steep.
Rather than suffer the stress of using your car or the expense of getting a second vehicle, would you not be better off finding a decent marina with 24 hour access and good security/facilities?

As has been said the costs are probably not that different and your boating experience will be vastly better... Being able to turn up at your boat when you like and take a trip when you like for as long as you like, you get the idea.
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Not qute sure why you would want to rule your life around cleaning your boat at low water. What on earth is the problem with anti fouling?

You say your boat will be dried out for 8 hrs a day, this implies you have a massive window, when it actual fact you have 2 4hr windows, one of which is in the dark. I would seriously think about ant fouling.
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