Originally Posted by NSS
Thanks all, much appreciated. How realistic is it for me to get round from Salcombe to Dartmouth in a 4.3m? Anything in particular I need to be aware of (hazard wise, local wind/tide considerations)?
As always check the weather / sea conditions.
The waters around Start Point are tricky - large tidal race especially with wind v. tide, but OK if you keep close in. I'd time it not to hit mid tide. The Range (approaches to Dartmouth) can be very uncomfortable in a smaller boat with a nasty chop in certain conditions too.
Prevailing wind is SW straight up Start Bay, and gets lumpy against tide.
If you want to explore the Dart and the area to Brixham, consider towing to Dartmouth & launching from there for the day, might be easier than slogging round the Start - depending on how much challenge you want!