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Old 11 January 2012, 18:09   #1
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places to take boat southwest

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does anybody know of places you can take your boat out apart from the sea, any lakes or rivers in the southwest ?
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Old 11 January 2012, 19:05   #2
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does anybody know of places you can take your boat out apart from the sea, any lakes or rivers in the southwest ?
Depends where you mean in the Southwest?

I used to live in Bath and the Kennet and Avon canal is a good place with just a few locks so you can see Bath and Bristol. Very pretty place to go on a boat.

There are limited launching sites but if you are interested, then try Saltford Marina which hasa slipway.
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Old 11 January 2012, 22:48   #3
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sounds good vandad, one to add to my list. i am trying to find a big lake where a can open the throttle alittle, i have been intouch with the natinal lakes poeple that run the lakes around the southwest, but no joy onle unpowered boats can use them, surly theres more than just the sea
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Old 12 January 2012, 03:19   #4
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The lakes are a non no as they are all ran by the same lot - Appledore or Plymouth give you safe, calm waters within the Estauary. I suspect Dartmouth, Falmouth and others are the same.

Places like Weymouth Bay and Portland harbour give you protection due to their sheltered nature, as does Poole.

Depends on where you are and how far you want to travel.
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Old 12 January 2012, 03:25   #5
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The river Plym is a small speed/ski area good for a blast around, calm. Free launching close by, its where we do our video's so chances are you will see us there. Gives good access to the Plymouth Sound too which is quite calm and good for a play around

Also the River TAMAR will give you a good run, launching at Saltash (free with plenty of parking) you can first take a trip along the dockyard/warships if that's your interest, then take a run down to places like weir quay, Calstock (nice place to stop beside pub for pint + park for kids, gunnislake, all limited to 8 knots apart from the speed area back up towards Saltash.

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Had a nice trip with Chris and the 'Pig's ear Crew' up the River Wye recently, a short hop across the Bristol Channell from Portishead.Some lovely scenery and nice pubs where you can moor up outside.
The trip along the Avon from Bristol docks right into the heart of Bath would be on my list too.
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Calstock (nice place to stop beside pub for pint + park for kids, gunnislake, all limited to 8 knots apart from the speed area back up towards Saltash.

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Morning - is the upstream available at all tide states? I've launched from the bridge quite a few times but only ever gone down stream.

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Afternoon. Short answer no, you can get caught out. I've only gone as far as Calstock with the tide but that's because like you, we tend to head for sea! We did take a Avon 560 down last year with a Yam 130 which was fun! The MOD were hogging all of the pontoon having a beer at the pub though.

Here's a link with full details and places of interest along the way

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Afternoon. Short answer no, you can get caught out. I've only gone as far as Calstock with the tide but that's because like you, we tend to head for sea! We did take a Avon 560 down last year with a Yam 130 which was fun! The MOD were hogging all of the pontoon having a beer at the pub though.

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Great link - ta

Will take pub run in the near future.
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Thank you very much everyone for the response, got some really nice ideas now, and more places to take the boat rather then just my local canal. like the idea of the speedboat run at river plym, will have to look into that, thanks for the link peter.
river wye sounds good to maximus. some great ideas guys thanks alot

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