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Old 02 November 2007, 16:51   #1
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Slipways in Weymouth

I've had a look at boatlaunch and there appear to be a number of slips in Weymouth/Portland. Can anyone recommend one which has free parking nearby where I can leave my car (not necessarily the trailer but that would be extra handy!) for 24 hours.

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Old 02 November 2007, 17:21   #2
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There is a fantastic slip in Weymouth - don't know what the parking fees etc are though - I parked for nothing in the condor terminal - they were great!!!

The slip is pretty big and very sheltered - there is a pontoon so you don't even need to get wet.

Wish I had been able to see it in advance - thank god for my Raymarine - wouldn't have had a clue otherwise!!!
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I've launched at that one.Great slipway and the trailerpark is next to the slip-you can see a trailer there in the 2nd pic.

Parking your car will be horribly expensive if you do it in the multistory next to the slipway. IIRC it cost more than the launch.
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Any idea how long it would take to walk from pretty much the center of Portland to the North of the Island where there appears to be two good slips?
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Old 02 November 2007, 18:08   #5
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weymouth slipways

Sailing academy on old Portland Naval base has excellent slipway and facilities: www.wpnsa.org.uk/dayfees.htm - expensive (21 up to 20ft) but showers, cafe, flushing facilities are worth it. Parking included, overnight secure when it's not busy included if you talk to them.

Bluewater Horizons at Ferrybridge launches with thier own tractor (15 last I heard)

Both access Portland harbour at all states of tide, although race through Ferrybridge can be tricky.

Castletown - used mainly by dive boats, not sure of charges, if any.
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The Sailing academy will be my first port of call as we're taking our sailing team down there for a national event. I'm hoping to blag a free launch as we're going to use my rib as a "support/photo/party" boat for the Portsmouth uni team. However, given this is the national university sailing event I think it will be too busy, hence this thread.
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Have launched at Sailing Academy when busy national sailing events on, has never been a problem as there is a big slip for the sailing fraternity and a second slip with plently of pontoons for the support/safety power boats and yachts using a crane. Overnight storage may be an issue if busy but if you're with the sailing crew should be OK.
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