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Old 20 April 2015, 16:58   #1
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North West Coastal Slipways

Hi guys, being landlocked in Manchester there's not much boating round these parts that isn't speed restricted. Have used the big slip at Conwy council a few times & am planning to get to Pwllheli for a weekend soon. My question is are there any closer slips / harbours / marinas I can use for a quick day trip? Blackpool or anywhere for example. I've used boat launch but can never really tell how good the slip is. My sob isn't a problem but my mates fletcher needs a concrete slip really as we nearly got the trailer stuck on the beach in Wales!
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not too many to choose from, but knott end (opposite side of the river to fleetwood) is the favorite with a huge long slipway which can be used at all but the lowest of tides. if you want decent launching and great scenery then get yourself down to anglesey, either on the straits, or holyhead for its sheer cliffs, caves and wildlife.
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Old 21 April 2015, 02:07   #3
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Ahh yes I've seen knott end mentioned before. It's certainly closer but I do agree Fleetwood is certainly more of a fishing trip than a sightseeing one. Will see what's on offer in Holyhead Cheers
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Give me a shout when you're heading out jwatson, I'll come with!
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Will do are you Manchester based? Weekend weather doesn't look great
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Hi , did you get to Pwllheli if so where did you launch from and was it ok , if not I'm going at the end of May so I'll give you feedback ok


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Hi we've not been yet but are planning to launch from the Marina when we do. For the fletch at least. There may be other suitable sites for little sibs but I'm told the beach is a no-go!
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Cheers for the reply , if I get there before you I'll give you feedback , I'm also going to launch at a few other sites prob on the Menia were I did my pb2 , what have you got .


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I have a quicksilver 3.8. It's a 2 man job to launch with the 25hp on. I could manage with no engine just about but I have a remote steering set up so its a bit of a faff once the boats in the water.
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Thought I'd replied last night but doesn't seem to have saved. I'm from stockport ☺
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Yep I thought it was that one. Saw it when I cycled there earlier this year.
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knott end slip during my early days of boating. as you can see there is plenty of space for getting kit ready etc
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Thinking of going there next Thursday, are there any charges to launch/park? Anything I should be aware of in the water?
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ask m.thornton or wavelength, but i think its £8 still to launch. there is a ferry that runs between knott end and fleetwood, and its the ferry operator that takes the money (if hes about!)
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As Fester says the charge for launching at K E is £8,pay the ferry-man(if he's about) lots of free parking at top of slip behind the coast guard station. High tide on Thursday is 0930 ish it's a mid tide so shouldn't run that fast.Just be careful with the bollards on the edge of the slip towards the end,they are great for dinging props on! You should be able to launch 4 hrs either side of HW.At the end of slip is a drop off and 5 mts out is a big sand bank ,when you launch turn up river and go round the red can leaving it to seaward.If you see two Scorpions passing you it will be us on the way to Easdale,we launch further upriver,should pass K E 0945 ish
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Cheers guys.
The outboard's being serviced at around 11 ish in Garstang so unlikely to be out before lunch, unless I'm lucky and everything goes to plan, in which case I'll be out as soon as I can!
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