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Old 08 December 2009, 10:06   #1
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Slips etc in Portland area?

I am back on the Swanage related issue again.

Can anybody tell me if there are any good slips in Portland Harbour and if there is petrol available please?

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Old 08 December 2009, 10:24   #2
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Ferry Bridge or possibly the new Olympic set-up at Sandsfoot.
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Old 08 December 2009, 10:51   #3
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I've used the slipway at UKSA, Portland. It's only a few years old, as Mollers says, part of the redevelopment works for the Olympics. I think it's free - nobody came chasing after me for payment anyway, but that was a couple of years ago.
Loads of parking on site too (also free!)
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Old 08 December 2009, 11:18   #4
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I am back on the Swanage related issue again.

Can anybody tell me if there are any good slips in Portland Harbour and if there is petrol available please?

hello mate, i was there for a month in august and it's a good slip, don't know if it's free i wouldn't think so, there is petrol there as well
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There are a couple of slipways: see Boatlaunch for details.

I can also confirm that petrol is now available there as part of the Olympic development. However, when I called in for some in September, the pump was broken and wouln't dispense. They were hoping to have it mended later that day but I was en route for Yarmouth and couldn't wait. I made it with some 50 litres to spare which is a bit less than I would have liked (although could have called into Poole if necessary).
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Hold it, Hold it.

The sailing accadamy (Olympic site- WPNSA) is certainly not free!! You're looking at about 30/ day for launching. See www.wpnsa.org.uk for more details. Bluewater horizons on Ferrybridge will launch you but for a similar fee I imagine.

If you go past WPNSA and onto Portland, go to Castletown where there is the ONLY FREE slipway into Portland Harbour. Parking nearby on disused Naval/ SAR site. Slip is near a number of diving shops- lots of dive RIBs use the slip. It is shingle a low tide but with a rope I would say your pretty safe for most states of the tide. Don't take my word for it though- I've only used the slip about half a dozen times.
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Hold it, Hold it.

The sailing accadamy (Olympic site- WPNSA) is certainly not free!! You're looking at about 30/ day for launching. See www.wpnsa.org.uk for more details. Bluewater horizons on Ferrybridge will launch you but for a similar fee I imagine.

If you go past WPNSA and onto Portland, go to Castletown where there is the ONLY FREE slipway into Portland Harbour. Parking nearby on disused Naval/ SAR site. Slip is near a number of diving shops- lots of dive RIBs use the slip. It is shingle a low tide but with a rope I would say your pretty safe for most states of the tide. Don't take my word for it though- I've only used the slip about half a dozen times.
I agree with that. Castletown is the only free slip. Once you start going up the hill take the first left, past the swimming pool and jsu after the dive shop opposite the pubs & hotels.
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There is a free slip into Weymouth harbour and petrol is in the town 5 minutes walk away with a shopping trolley. Slipway is wide and there is a car park opposite in the town. You might be able to park the tailer at the top of the slip in a dedicated trailer park.

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There is a free slip into Weymouth harbour and petrol is in the town 5 minutes walk away with a shopping trolley. Slipway is wide and there is a car park opposite in the town. You might be able to park the tailer at the top of the slip in a dedicated trailer park.

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Not quite free - it's supposed to be 6 if I remember correctly. It is often free though as the hut is only really manned during the summer

I've never paid yet but it's only luck.
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Not quite free - it's supposed to be 6 if I remember correctly. It is often free though as the hut is only really manned during the summer

I've never paid yet but it's only luck.
Ah, I never paid to launch there either, hence why I thought it was free. Still 6 is an awful lot cheaper than our Portland Olympic venue

The other possibility is the boatyard just over the causeway bridge onto the Bill. They are going to charge but the main problem is the shallow water at low tide out into the main harbour and it really is shallow having had to walk a rib up to the bridge because we only had about 10 inches of water. The fleet is quite interesting if you have the time, but again HW preferred as it is shallow.

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