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Old 15 October 2016, 03:02   #1
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Plopping in the sea

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

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Old 15 October 2016, 03:06   #2
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i misunderstood the title i thought it was about having a crap in the sea i thought there was a new technique other than the stick your backside out over the back whilst holding onto the a frame and fire
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Old 15 October 2016, 03:58   #3
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i misunderstood the title i thought it was about having a crap in the sea i thought there was a new technique other than the stick your backside out over the back whilst holding onto the a frame and fire
Now that does sound like a good system. I will bear that in mind
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Old 15 October 2016, 04:05   #4
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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

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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.
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Do you need any car to launch a 3.4m fitted with a 15hp?

Get a beach trolley and you should be able to launch anywhere with decent access to the water.

Something like this?


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Thanks for that but can I assume that if I can get the trailer on the beech by hand and tow it to the water I am allowed to launch. My road trailer is very light and small so could just pull that on the beech
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can I assume that if I can get the trailer on the beech by hand and tow it to the water I am allowed to launch.
I think it varies.

I know that a lot of the dunes around Northumberland are owned by the National Trust and they will have restrictions.

They certainly restrict vehicular access but a small boat on a light trailer will probably be different.

I would enquire locally to where you want to launch.
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Thanks for that but can I assume that if I can get the trailer on the beech by hand and tow it to the water I am allowed to launch. My road trailer is very light and small so could just pull that on the beech
Even small trailers with small boats get very heavy when trying to tug them uphill by hand on softish sand. Usually the gradients on beaches are steeper than they look.

My advice would be also to stick to the slipways. Much safer and less stressfull. There's usually parking close by for Trailer & car, and you dont have to worry about getting stuck (especially in soft sand this can make you loose your car. Even a disco. )
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i misunderstood the title i thought it was about having a crap in the sea i thought there was a new technique other than the stick your backside out over the back whilst holding onto the a frame and fire
..........and just as your getting comfortable another boat appears on the horizon , do you abandon 'ship' or is it too late.....
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..........and just as your getting comfortable another boat appears on the horizon , do you abandon 'ship' or is it too late.....
just wave whilst holding your toilet roll in hand they get the message
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