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Old 16 February 2015, 14:47   #11
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i always launch/recover 2 hours max either side of high tide at kip.

if there has been a storm then yes you will have a lot of seaweed on your trailer when you come back out.

Kip is my usual launch and recover place so i've been in/out there probably 50x and only had a problem once with flotsam, i wouldn't even consider it TBH.

i have never had a 4wd so as long as we aim for 2 hours max either side of HT then it isn't a problem for car owners.

if a few of us are going then KIP usually scrap the entire slipway at lowtide to reveal the nice concrete slip, they are pretty good tbh. once i had trouble they jumped in their big caterpillar and scraped sand away after a storm to get my boat out.

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Ok .. that'll help those decide with 2wd then, but I meant more up river , re the flotsam .. dont fancy hitting any floaters at a few knots. I'm sure me/others would help others to recover if the tide limit were to be missed. I used to use kip all the time (had gate key & berth) but not been in for a while
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Old 16 February 2015, 14:50   #12
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I doubt that is an issue unless right after gales and high tides.

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Kip would be good. Launched and recovered at kip loads of times with my 2wd estate. Last time was messy due to the amount of seaweed which was a real PITA picking the stuff off the trailer. Sometimes the slip can have sand or shingle but never had more than a small wheel spin. I've launched into a low tide a few times which is fine but always planned to recover at higher tide. I've seen some absolute shockers some in big 4x4's trying to launch and it was not the slipways fault, I'm a patient guy but last time was 45 mins. I thought my head would explode sitting in the car watching 2 guys fanny about while trying to launch, absolute torture.
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Old 16 February 2015, 17:21   #14
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I've seen some absolute shockers some in big 4x4's trying to launch and it was not the slipways fault, I'm a patient guy but last time was 45 mins. I thought my head would explode sitting in the car watching 2 guys fanny about while trying to launch, absolute torture.
Go to Largs on a bank holiday at the public slip .. take your camera .. talk about fannying about ? .. Its worth a watch .. Even if I'm solo on 'any' slip, which I've scoped out before hand usually .. I'm about 10 minutes from launch, to park, to set off
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The slipway at Helensburgh beside the pier is not a bad slipway depending on the tide. Usually very quiet as well. Although you can gain quite a crowd during launching and recovery.
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