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Old 05 August 2010, 13:27   #11
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Add 'The Spaniards' at Cargreen to that list, carry on up the Tamar to calstock too,
Oh, there's a no speed restriction area above the Tamar bridge, great for watersports.
And superb camping very near by at Carlyon Bay.
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Old 08 August 2010, 18:17   #12
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The Spaniards Inn closed as a pub ages ago and is now a swanky wedding venue...so dont bother. Its also quite a long way from St Austell.

Launched many times from Mountbatten and have never had any problems with the "locals".

QAB is expensive and, given that the roads into Plymouth centre are currently being dug up, is a major pain in the arse to get to. Avoid at all costs at least until October.

Make sure you get your boat in the water to watch the national fireworks championships!!
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Old 09 August 2010, 03:18   #13
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Spaniards closed?
That place was a magnet for every 17yr old for 20 miles around in the 70's, many an evening spent there (mainly trying to start my CB250 ) sipping away at Tuborg gold. Last went there about 3 years ago by boat, was open then and served cracking food. Just seen the website, shame.
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Old 09 August 2010, 09:14   #14
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Mountbatten Marina?
Mayflower Marina?
Both have slips. The one at Mayflower is a bit tight but I launched from there years and years ago.......and its free!! And theres free carparking with trailer!!

Er, there WAS free launch/car/trailer parking. Dont know if its still free.
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Thanks for all the tips folks. Am heading west on Wednesday so will hopefully catch the second night of the fireworks.

As a side note, I normally launch less than 3 miles from home but thought I'd get Indespension to give it the trailer the once over before departing for what is a 150+ mile tow down to Plymouth. Very glad I did as one of the wheel bearings had pretty much disintegrated. No sign on 3 mile tow, but suspect I'd have been stuck at a roadside sometime Wednesday if I'd not had them service it today!
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Slips in Plymouth

There is a handy slip in Oreston (on the way to mountbatten) No charge and free parking either in spaces along waterside or surrounding roads.

If your really lucky the freshwater tap will be working so you
can rinse and engine flush if it's not too busy.

Look on google maps, its up the river from mountbatten.

Used to live 100 yds from it in the good old days, well handy.

Have a good trip

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Hi all

Just returned home after spending a great week exploring the waters in and around Plymouth Sound and wanted to say thanks again for your tips.

We used Mount Batten slip throughout the week, and whilst there's no 'public' pontoon from which to load/unload passengers, the 'private' Mount Batten Watersports Centre pontoon is conveniently only 50 yards away. There was some confusion among staff as to what the rate should be for using the pontoon so, as I was literally letting people on or off the RiB, they let me do so free of charge.

Made it round to Noss Mayo, though was unable to moor at the Ship Inn due to the state of the tide. We were lucky with the weather as, for most of the week, the wind was a light North-Westerly making sea conditions in and around the Sound near perfect.

Will definitely return to the area again in the future (if only to have a pint or two at the Ship!).

Cheers again for your advice.

PS. Fort Bovisand is currently still used for dive training but slipway not open to the public. And the word is that Greg Dyke and some other guy have bought the fort and submitted plans to turn it into luxury flats!
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PS. Fort Bovisand is currently still used for dive training but slipway not open to the public. And the word is that Greg Dyke and some other guy have bought the fort and submitted plans to turn it into luxury flats!
Oh dear, doesnt sound good, luxury marina coming on methinks, no one is going to buy a luxury flat and look over a car park full of beer beelied divers - and that's just the girls!

I need to think more positively, maybe he's a diver and is well aware of it's value as a location.
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