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Old 09 January 2013, 14:01   #1
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I'm looking at taking my rib to Poole this year as was wondering how long it takes from Poole harbour to lulworth cove and durdle door? Also where is best to launch and store my rib, I'm wondering if it will be easier to leave it in the water but then I need somewhere to store my trailer.

Is Poole the best place on the south coast or is Weymouth or Southampton better?
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I have launched at Weymouth many times, I launched at WPNSA and kept my trailer in the boat park and they offered me storage of the boat over night on the trailer in the boat park. Nice slipway, and has fresh water for washing down, showers, changing rooms.

Then you have the boat that rocks next door for the pint before you head home
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I'm looking at taking my rib to Poole this year as was wondering how long it takes from Poole harbour to lulworth cove and durdle door? Also where is best to launch and store my rib, I'm wondering if it will be easier to leave it in the water but then I need somewhere to store my trailer.

Is Poole the best place on the south coast or is Weymouth or Southampton better?

Depends what rib & engine you have!

Off the top of my head i can think of either salterns marina, parkstone bay marina or Cobbs quay all in poole harbour. Up wareham river theres ridge wharf Yatch center but dont know much about them.

& baiter public slipway is good but no trailer storage (unless you want to leave it in the car park)

& personal opinion....Pooles best! Plus its central so you could head up the coast to either of the other places!
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Old 09 January 2013, 14:18   #4
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Depends if you want to make a day of the trip (poole) or just get there quick(waymuff)
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Old 09 January 2013, 14:21   #5
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Launch sites

Castletown Portland and its free but pay for parking

Wpsa portland pricy

Weymouth harbour not sure on the cost but following the Olymprics probably high
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Best value would probably be MDL or Davis's Boat yard at Cobbs Quay. Both are suffering at the moment, so would probably be up for a good deal. Both have good slip ways.
An alternative is Parkstone Bay Marina, but can be restricted by tide.
If your prepared to leave the boat on a mooring, another possibility is Sandbanks Marina, right at the harbour entrance.

Poole is a good location to base your RIB as it offers access both East & West. Even if the sea conditions were too poor to go out, the harbour itself can be explored (a day +).

If you can maintain a speed of about 20kts, once clear of the harbour speed limit (10kts), it would typically take around 40/50 mins to get to Lulworth, but only when the range is closed (West of Kimmerage), otherwise you have to go about 6 miles out to sea.
The coast between Poole and Kimmerage offers some stunning sights and locations, so you may not need to go that far.
Give me a shout if you need more information as this is our "patch" and there are lots of members based in Poole who would be happy to help
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Old 09 January 2013, 15:05   #7
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I'd certainly choose Poole as a base over Weymouth - I think it offers more opportunities. And even within the harbour, going around the islands, up the River Frome to Wareham, etc. can be very enjoyable days out if you don't fancy going any further.

Poole -> Weymouth is somewhere around 25 miles.
Poole -> Yarmouth (IoW) 15 ish miles.

So easy to head both East and West for a short trip.

If basing yourself in MDL/Cobbs/Davis, you have got to navigate the twin bridges. If it's a smallish RIB, fine, you can go straight under them at any time, but if it's a larger RIB or has any particularly large framework on it, you might be restricted by the scheduled bridge lifts, which can get highly annoying. Worth checking.

Salterns Marina is known for being expensive, but does have a reasonable slipway, and will normally be able to arrange most storage requirements you have.

Ridge Wharf up the Frome is typically well priced, and has plenty of storage space. But there's a reason for the price - you are half way up the river, right at the far end of the Harbour. So in the Summer, takes quite a while just to get to the harbour entrance!
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No idea on the cost as I was a guest but the facilities here were great - The Royal Motor Yacht Club |

Easy access to both Poole harbour and the open sea
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Old 09 January 2013, 19:16   #9
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I'm based in Poole and have been for years. I live about 5 mins from the marina at Parkstone Bay, but if I wasn't based here I would seriously consider the Solent. Poole is a beautiful area, however there is hardly anywhere to go (to stop, have pint a bite to eat etc) apart from Studand (v busy) or Wareham (slow in summer) or the quay unless you want a 50 min trip to get to the IOW. Which is part of the reason why most of the Ribnet "cruises" go there.

The Solent offers a vast range of places to go, Yarmouth, Cowes, Bembridge, Wooton Creek, Lymington, Hamble, Portsmouth, Gunwharf, Port Solent, etc, etc. there is also loads to see and lots going on, events etc. without trekking across Poole and Christchurch Bay and back.

It will depend on what you want to do and where you live, but Poole can be a bit limited at times.

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Old 09 January 2013, 19:32   #10
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kimmeridge makes a great option for exploring the purbecks by rib, its right in the middle of some of the best scenery, easy access to lulworth cover - most weekends when there si no firing at the ranges, and slightly inland excellent pubs dotted around, most landlords can put you in contact with a nearby farmer who may be willing to store a boat for a few days
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