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Old 11 July 2015, 04:12   #11
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Thanks for that, might also give them a go. Most places seem to have a slip that launches 2 hours either side of low tide.

First trip of the season tomorrow hopefully and taking the kids too. Might take a trip to bradwell in Essex as launch times are fully flexible and there is some calm water so the kids can get acclimatised to it (they are still quite young). Next trip the solent though
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Old 11 July 2015, 04:48   #12
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Would be very interested in this too.

I know many RIBnetters use this area but a beginners guide to where to launch, visit, points of interest, things to be wary of, do's/dont's etc would be welcome.

I only really know the Sussex coast (Dover - Brighton) and would be in the old Aerotec with 15 hp so need to bear in mind it's not a 150HP 6.5m RIB...

Any 3-4m SIBbers use this area?
There is a thread in the features section by the Jakeens (that should bring back memories for the old timers!). The images don't seem to work anymore but the content is still there.

There is also this site by a member on here http://www.solentribster.com/
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Old 11 July 2015, 04:55   #13
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I used Warsash a lot....

Free parking(although height restricted) 1.90m and wil get busy in peak times. Don't use the car park directly outside the Harbour Master as its limited to 4hrs use in peak times. Lots of trailer parking here, as they encourage you to use the grass verge when busy.

About 6 to launch a 6m- pay at harbour master.

There is also a Co-op just up the road that has a free car park. Although you can't park your trailer there.

I personally wouldn't launch anything bigger than 6m without crew or a long (25m) rope. The slip is very shallow at the top so anything +/- 2hrs HW will need you wading in knee deep water for 20m.!!

+/- 2hr LW is best to launch and recover.

Caution when launching anything on to The Hamble- the currents can be quite strong. Your ok with slack water but after that it can get a bit tricky for anyone with limited experience.

The fisherman(who have rights to use the pontoon) are grumpy......but stay out of their way and keep your kids under control and they'll ignore you.

Cleats(due to 'said' fishermen removing them.!) are limited and the pontoon has sharp edges(fenders ready!)

There's a nice 6knt speed limited out of the river to warm your engine and I find Southampton Water a nice sheltered placed to test everything before going out to open seas.(keep just outside the main shipping channel, plenty of water and unrestricted right up the the River Itchen)

Hamble point(dead opposite Warsash- as the crow flies) has really nice facilities, but you'll pay 30 for the privilege.

Camber will be the place to launch once they've sorted the parking.
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Wibs, that was really useful, thanks.

I'm new to ribbing and lauching from a trailer and have watched several you tube vids of people doing it so I can improve myself. You mention that you use a 25 line, can you explain how you use this for the launch? (You sound like you've done it several times!).

Many thanks
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At HW the water will be right up to the top of the slip.(there is also a shingle 'bar' and loads of seaweed at the top, so you'll need to keep off that in your car)

It's a shallow slip at the top and gradually slopes down for the first 20m, after that it tends to fall away a bit quicker.

On recovery..you'll need to moor up on the pontoon and go sort your car/trailer. Leave your car at the top(off of the shingle bar) and then walk your trailer down the slip to a point that your happy with. Mines usually as the rear rollers are submerged.

You'll find at this point your car/hitch is approx 25m away.!! So tie rope on to trailer and then around tow bar. Go get your boat from pontoon and recover it onto trailer.

At this point, you'll need to drive forward up a one way street approx 25m to get boat out of the water whilst it's attached to the trailer.

CAUTION...there is a public (and busy) footpath at the top of the slip and you will get some people try and step over your rope as you drive up the one way street. I have someone stopping them doing this as I don't fancy being sued if it went tits up.!

I also chock the wheels as well as apply trailer brake before releasing the tension on the rope.
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A lot of the YouTube videos on boat recovery look very professional-and with a little practise more than achievable, but for your first few goes don't be afraid to improvise.

My first few goes -I would drive the boat up to the trailer, stop a boats length short, turn off engine, then jump in.

I found I was fully submerging the trailer and standing in waist deep water(I'm over 6ft 7"- so waist deep is pretty deep for me.!)for the first few goes to get in on right.

These videos of people, driving on and hitching up without putting a foot in the water are done by people with a lot of experience and good boat handling skills.

When the winds blowing, the tides flowing and you've got a dozen people sat outside the pub watching you- it gets a little tricky.!!
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Oh I see, so you use the line as an extension to pull the trailer out the water, saves getting the car too wet, great idea.

Well bradwell has an excellent slip with loads of easy access (and no pub goers watching ).

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Old 11 July 2015, 08:15   #18
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There is a thread in the features section by the Jakeens (that should bring back memories for the old timers!). The images don't seem to work anymore but the content is still there.

There is also this site by a member on here SolentRIBster index - RIB, RIBs, Rigid Inflatable Boat, Rigid Inflatable Boats
Cheers Poly, will have a look at that.
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If you want to launch in Portsmouth Harbour then I can't recommend Haslar Marina slip enough. It's a compacted shingle slipway which you can access 4hrs before and 3hrs after HT. Parking aplenty at top of slip. Pay and display 10 for car and trailer all day 24hrs
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