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Old 02 April 2007, 15:27   #1
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Ribbing In Swansea/Tenby

This weekend Im heading to Swansea/Saundersfoot Area for a change of scenery, (nothing to do with my boss wanting to have a play and saying he will pay for all fuel)
i do have a 04 Good launch Guide which gives me most of the info But where is the Best place to Launch/store trailers, also Tidal Situations, (Drying out)I know Mr Codprawn has taken some really good pics of the sand bars etc,
Any Ideas and advice would be great,anything to particulary to watch out for??
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Old 02 April 2007, 16:21   #2
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Nab rock slip in Mumbles - gets VERY busy but 2 great slips - use main one at highish tides - other at all states. You have to register with the council at the hut - show insurance etc - costs about 5 to park and launch. Go around the haedland and you are on the Gower coast.

Burry Port/Llanelli (home of Avon)
All slips are FREE and plenty of free parking. Would be perfect but for crap tides. Slip into the sea itself is fine but not very sheltered. Sand is firm at the bottom so you can recover from it but the tide goes out a long way!!!
2 slips into the harbour - but you can only get in and out for about 1hr now - see my story on dredging!!!
Advantage of Burry Port is you are so close to Worm's head and North Gower - also Tenby only 20 miles away.

Haven't ventured to Saundersfoot/Tenby yet but Pembroke has some great slips as well.

No petrol at any harbours but boats are common and even Tesco and Sainsbury seem ok to fill up at.
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Old 02 April 2007, 16:24   #3
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Try looking at Swansea/Gower with Google Earth - good high res shows everything fine. Nothing further West of Gower yet though!!!

You mention tidal situation - just remember they are huge - a hovercraft would be best!!!
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I would agree with codders, he gave some good info there!

It does depend on what vehicle you tow with, as if you can, i always like launching at Port Eynon, its a beach here in the Gower, fantastic routes either way from there, around to mumbles, or along past the other beaches and towards the loughor estuary. you need a 4x4 there though as its loose sand at the top of the beach then firm as you get maybe 50 metres down the beach.

Mumbles for me is the next preferred option, and the main slip would be the one to use, we had to jusr register, and get a plate from them, dont think we had to show insurance. its a ncie sheltered slip and has a good range with the tide!

I wouldnt advise burry port slip as it tends to be a bit dodgy as its not well sheltered, its fine if there is no wind and no swell, but a small amount of swell makes it very difficult to launch and recover there, you cant just ease the boat out, then abck onto the trailer....coming in alst time we launched there was a bit interesting, with the swell which was breaking onto the slip, carrying us onto the slip as it broke, a bit dodgy..... even though it was calm at sea!

pembrokeshire has some stunning scenery around the coast if your thinking that route also!
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Old 02 April 2007, 18:17   #5
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Saundersfoot harbour has a slipway with access approx 2 hrs either side of HW. From there, you're straight out to Tenby, Caldey Island, etc. and a lively blast across Carmarthen Bay to Gower coastline, or head further West for Skomer, Skokholm and Ramsey Islands and the shelter of Milford Haven Waterway. Problem with S'foot is that on Bank Holiday w/ends it gets VERY busy and access to the harbour is via the main car park, which will be full if the weather's fine.
If you're looking for easy slipway, plenty of deep water at virtually all states of tide and interesting coastline, you won't go far wrong with MH waterway. You can launch for free at Neyland, Pembroke Dock and Dale, amongst many others. Easiest to access by car is probably Pembroke Dock, where you can launch for free at Hobbs Point (steepish slipway) or Warrior Way (East Llanion).
I personally quite like the Llanelli / Burry Port / North Gower coastline, but it does dry out and if you're unfamiliar with it, you may get caught out
Parking for car and trailer should not be a problem in any of the above.
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Depending on the weather, I should be out on the water Friday and/or Saturday, probably for the usual jaunt out to Skomer, but depending on conditions maybe round to Tenby or upto St Davids.

Let us know if you do venture into the area..... similarly, if you are in Swansea, see if you can get a picture of the lesser spotted codprawn while you're there

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Old 03 April 2007, 03:02   #7
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Hoping to see Codders out this weekend but have been informed by unreliable sources he might be working!! will keep trying tho!! Come on Codders!!
Hobbs Point looks to be a good bet , is there fuel there or nearby? and Hosepipe etc, also do i need to take my insurance details and all that stuff, ?? Basically i have to meet Boss in Tenby, havent been there before, is there a jetty there or do i beach it ?? swimmers etc? does it dry out at Tenby?? Oh so many Questions!!
Also i guess its swansea coastguard?? what is there frequency etc
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Also i guess its swansea coastguard?? what is there frequency etc
Depends where you are.

For Gower, etc up to River Towy, Carmarthen it's MRCC Swansea, Tutt Head, Mumbles, Swansea - 01792 366534 MMSI 002320016

From River Towy westwards, it's MRCC Milford Haven, Hakin Drive, Milford Haven - 01646 699600, MMSI 002320017. Calling Ch16, weather on Ch84 0734 plus every four hours thereafter.

Don't forget also if you're in the Haven waterway, Port Control VHF Ch12.

It's a wonderful area, enjoy!

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Hobbs Point looks to be a good bet , is there fuel there or nearby? and Hosepipe etc, also do i need to take my insurance details and all that stuff, ?? Basically i have to meet Boss in Tenby, havent been there before, is there a jetty there or do i beach it ?? swimmers etc? does it dry out at Tenby?? Oh so many Questions!!
Tesco is just down the road from Hobbs Point, as is Asda. You wont need a copy of your insurance and theres no hose pipe either. For what its worth I would suggest you consider Neyland slip which is directly opposite Hobbs Point. Garage near to the roundabout at the top of Neyland. Only reason I mention it is it's far easier to park there.
However if you're going to launch in the Haven then steam round to Tenby it may be in your interests to launch a bit closer to the heads, in which case Gelliswick or Dale may be more suitable.
I'm not too well up on the Tenby situation I'm afraid, I have a feeling Alex is quite familiar with it though. I know the harbour does dry out though.
Having thought a little more about it I do think that if you're thinking about launching in the Haven then it would be far far easier for your boss to drive to your chosen slipway. Tenby to Hobbs Point or Neyland would be about 15 mins, its considerably longer by sea.
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today, i went for a bit of a drive, From Bristol to Pembroke to Tenby then Saundersfoot, ok ok just doing a recce.., im going to launch at Saundersfoot and head to Tenby from there, lOOKS AWESOME!!
Tides are into Neaps and High at 09.49 on Sunday so i guess i will have to be out by11.49 am
Am i right with that or do i have a bit more time, ??
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