Originally Posted by Bigplumbs
So with my little Rib (3.4 m Valliant 15 hp) and my Land rover Discovery what are the rules about getting in the sea. I know once you are on the water there are very few but can I just launch anywere I can pull the boat to. I know about slipway fees etc but was wondering about the more wild side. ie find a place and just go for it. Also where are such places
It depends! If you want to launch with the disco, I would stick to "recognised" locations either official slipways or places you've seen others launch from. It's easy, even with a 4x4 to get it stuck on wet sand, or deep shingle. If you are really "wild" then beware getting stuck could be very difficult to resolve, especially if you've sneaked across anyone else's land to be there. Slipways really are a useful feature and I've never understood people who want to avoid paying the fees that maintain them. There's not many parts of the UK where you will be that far from a slipway.
If you are north of the border then generally if you can launch by hand (I.e. without the disco) you can launch anywhere sensible that is clearly not marked as private. (although using a rib does not come with automatic right to roam like a kayak or sailing boat, so inland waters are not a free for all). someone local may be able to provide advice on specific locations elsewhere if you narrow it down.