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Old 22 October 2009, 02:44   #1
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Pottering around at Milford Haven

We are hoping to get off to Dale for a few days next week (half term) - in two minds wether to take either the RIB or SIB - just wondered what the recommendations are - happy to launch at Dale - very easy even for us

Those of you that are familiar with the water - what are your recommendations and what do you suggest we avoid - if we take the RIB would love to get out to Skokholm and Skomer, in the SIB just pottering I suspect - anyone else likely to be that way??

Have to say it really is the most stunning place, the coastline is breathtaking in any weather- one day when I'm even older and greyer I hope to move back



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Old 22 October 2009, 02:54   #2
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... if we take the RIB would love to get out to Skokholm and Skomer.

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This is something I really want to do next summer, so please let us know how you get on ! I used to go there with a dive club who had a couple of Zodiac inflatables that they would drag in off the beach, by getting about 10 students around them (it was a uni club so they didn't want to pay to launch).

I must be getting confused as I thought Dale was quite an awkward slip - very long and narrow, with a pub nearby for people to watch and laugh from ?

That's not particularly helpful advice I know, I'm sure one of the nice men with big grey boats will be along in a minute with something far more constructive.

Hope you have a fantastic time anyway, and look forward to seeing the pictures.
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Personally I'd go for the Rib....

Hiya , we regularly cruise out of Neyland , and if the weather is not kind to you , can cruise all around the Cleddau River . ( Watch out for the big rollers that can still make it up the river , well past Dale ).Needless to say it's a very busy stretch of water and you'll need to keep your eyes open at all times . Once you are out of the river , the waters around Skomer and Skokholm can get very lively , very quickly , which is why I suggest the Rib.
If the weather is really kind , you might consider going out to Grassholm when you are almost guaranteed to see some wildlife ( seals , gannets , shearwaters , possibly porpoise & dolphin ) . The Smalls lighthouse may be just a bit out of range unless conditions are really good . Regards Bern
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Shaz - the slip is fairly narrow but they now have a very good floating jetty - so once launched we can easiliy get to the RIB and of course with the SIB we can just cheat and carry it!!!

Yep The Griffin still has plenty of people to laugh at you - hence my cunning plan to practise in October out of season before all the crowds return

Will take some piccies even if we don't end up on the water.

Maybe we could organise a Ribnet trip there - I know a very cheap and cracking campsite we can use with easy access to Dale - would be something to look forward to over the winter

Bern - many thanks for the suggestions, from the school trips I use to be involved in on the Lord Hercum Ex RNLI from Dale Fort to the Islands it was always fun!! and that was just as a passenger- and I've never seen sea mist come in so fast as it can there, taught me some very valuable lessons on using a compass!!

Don't know the River at all so thank you for the pointers there - it does sound as if what ever the weather we could use either boat with care and planning

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The new(ish) pontoon at Dale, with slip just to the right

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The pontoons at Dale, Hobbs Point (Pemb Dock), Llanstadwell & Burton are removed at the end of the summer - they were taken away a couple of weeks ago.
The pontoons at Milford haven and Lawrenny remain throughout the year and you can also get ashore at Neyland Yacht Haven.

Some pics from last weekend:
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I may be around next week, if you fancy a run out to the islands.
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DHD - had no idea they removed the Dale one - thanks for the info

I noticed your thread - some cracking pictures - just made me very jealous!!

If we have the RIB a run out to the Islands with a companion RIB would be great - otherwise you might end up with some stowaways

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Are you staying at Dale? If you are, then Dale slipway will be convenient for you and the water there is generally flat calm, so launching a SR5.4 should be a doddle.
Otherwise,Dale is a bit of a drag to get to, so you may prefer to launch at Neyland or East Llanion (Pemb Dock). Both free, public slipways, as is Dale.
A Ribnet gathering next season would be cool.
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Yep we have our caravan hiding in Dale

Will put a thread in the "crusing" section to see what people think

Thanks DHD

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