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Old 30 June 2016, 01:52   #1
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Ribbing from Cardiff Bay

I'm thinking of exploring new areas one I get the new boat (still have to find a name), and wondered what options / hazards the S. Wales coastline has to offer - key advantage it's a short-ish towing distance from home.

I've heard there are good launch facilities in Cardiff Bay, but where to head (or to avoid) from there?



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Old 30 June 2016, 02:36   #2
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Yep Cardiff is easy launching with lock gates which are pretty much 24/7
Don't know the Welsh Coast so well...but The Devon side is lovely...and from Porlock down very Scenic! can get in a few places but ONLY over High Water,so timing is imperative if your thinking of going ashore.
Minehead....Lynmouth...Clovelly..and Ilfracombe...where at a push you can get fuel,but involves a walk!..Should be plenty of Wildlife about here on in,and the fishing can be really good!
Of course the real Jewel is Lundy....easy to do in a day with decent weather and about 60nm from Cardiff...just moorings there,but a large Jetty for dropping off...No Fuel.
As an aside I'd say make sure you're anchor ect is readily available and up to spec!....with the exceptional Tides it's not the place to be drifting about in the event of any problems.
Great wild Cruising and like nowhere else!

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Old 30 June 2016, 14:17   #3
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Channel view is the public slip into the bay, there are slips into the channel but tide dependant (most require membership) you also have flat and steep holm and some lovely beaches to explore to the west.

Not many places to get fuel but there are supermarkets near the slip (morrisons, asda and Tesco near penarth marina) so take some jerry cans.

Places worth going depending on range. Oxwich bay and worms head on the gower (long day/overnight cruise)

Porthcawl has a nice new marina and some sites to see, Swansea has a city marina too, interesting view of the steel works at port talbot when you cruise down the coast.
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