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Old 08 July 2004, 14:55   #1
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Salcombe trip

Bringing my RIB down to Salcombe in August with family. Top tip for a great time? Also advice on access to the area towing the 6 metres through the windy Devon lanes.
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Old 08 July 2004, 16:22   #2
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In and around Salcombe for two months from this weekend. Look out for us - yellow and blue Ribeye. We launch most days from Batson and head off around to Thurlestone. The lanes are no problem - come off the A38 and thru' Totnes or stay on a little longer and down thru' Loddiswell. The slip is wide and very accessible. Just watch out for folks hand-balling dinghies in. They don't seem to mind a tonne of boat coming at them, so consequently don't move out of the way! In fact, at peak times, it's every person for themselves on the slip - a very dangerous situation.
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Old 09 July 2004, 03:02   #3
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trailered a 6.5 ribtec to Salcombe for last 2 years access to salcombe is no problem.

Biggest problem is lack of trailer parking at slip during high season. You will probably be forced to take trailer up to park and ride car park. We rented a space in boat park at slipway to keep car in made operation easier, spaces to small for trailer.

Last year we had boat on council foreshore mooring rented from harbour office. They dry out low -+1hr but made life much easier.
unfortunatley you need to book one of these in january.

Taking our new scorpion down by sea on 17th this month for 3 weeks. Hope to see Class 1 powerboats at Plymouth that week end.
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I'll be down for the last 2 weeks in Aug, using the slipway at Hope cove.
You can launch and park trailor etc at Batson but book it up first.
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The lanes are no problem - come off the A38 and thru' Totnes ...
Enough said... don't even consider the other option!!!
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Just got back after being away in the Isle of Man - Totnes route is the best route for towing, all the above information is spot on and if you have any questions get in touch with me (I live in Salcombe) or call the harbour office on 01548 843791 - they are very helpfull.


You'll have a great time and if you want to know where to go to etc just ask!
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Salcombe is a fantastic place, you will enjoy it.
The best thing to do is to try & get a mooring on one of the pontoons owned by one of the boat companies, the public slipway can be difficuly.
Stay away from Watkins if possible, the word 'incompetant' would be kind.
I just discovered they have managed to strip the thread out of one of the engine chassis holes. Not to mention the random holes they somtimes like to drill in your boat.

Also watch out for the 8 (may have gone to 5) knot speed limit in the harbor, and small children going round in circles in the main channel in inflatibles, and you can't go far wrong

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thanks for all the info, should be good.
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I think Dan's comments about the slip being difficult are a tad unfair. It can be hectic, at times, chaotic. But we use the slip most days during July and Aug, and with the exception of Sundays, it's manageable. Too many people are too inconsiderate, and it can be "every man for himself", but the authority is looking at ways of combating this age-old problem. One gripe this year is the increase in trailer parking charges; the season fee has shot up to 60, which is steep just for somewhere to dump your trailer for the day. Moorings are fine, but many run dry and you try getting the water taxi at busy times! As for the kids, well the Harbour Master was out patrolling yesterday, I think with the radar gun, so hopefully it should deter the more foolhardy.
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I think Dan's comments about the slip being difficult are a tad unfair. It can be hectic, at times, chaotic. But we use the slip most days during July and Aug, and with the exception of Sundays, it's manageable. Too many people are too inconsiderate, and it can be "every man for himself", but the authority is looking at ways of combating this age-old problem. One gripe this year is the increase in trailer parking charges; the season fee has shot up to 60, which is steep just for somewhere to dump your trailer for the day. Moorings are fine, but many run dry and you try getting the water taxi at busy times! As for the kids, well the Harbour Master was out patrolling yesterday, I think with the radar gun, so hopefully it should deter the more foolhardy.
It's just quite a small slipway for the traffic it gets, there's nothing wrong with it as such, it just can be quite difficult to find a space at peak times.

The worst of the pontoon moorings give you around 3 hours on either side of low tide, and I personally can't vouch for the water based ones.

In any case, I love it

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