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Old 09 September 2004, 14:23   #1
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The Perfect Slipway

In my humble opinion there ae 8 things needed to make the perfect slipway.
My 8 are:

1. Its free of charge to use and park.

2. There is always room to park and to park with the trailer attached.

3. The parking is close to the slipway.

4. Its is nice and wide, wide enough for two boats at least.

5. It has a nice steep slope so you can leave the trailer attached to the car.

6. It is available at all states of tide.

7. It has a fresh water wash down facility.

8. It has a pontoon to moor at to get your crew on board.

The one I mostly use has 5/8. I think Calshot may have 7/8 (not free, not sure about a pontoon). I have never yet come across a slipway that gets a perfect 8. Has anyone?
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Old 09 September 2004, 14:28   #2
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I reckon you'd struggle to get 8/8 in this country; I think point 1 is the main stumbling block for a public slipway. I'd have a modest bet that you'd find an 8/8 in France, though! Any ideas, French members or Francophiles?

Edit: point 9: it would have a pub/bar nearby!
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I think the one at at the back of the Harbour master's office in Yarmouth IOW might score 8; It's free, and if you park across the road I don't think you have to pay, and I'm pretty sure there is a hose you can use to rise off with. The others are all covered (as long as the two boats arn't too wide )
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That gives me yet another reason why Yarmouth is one of my favourite (if not THE favourite) harbours. Thanks Tim! So let's all move to the IOW! Prepare for the invasion!!
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That gives me yet another reason why Yarmouth is one of my favourite (if not THE favourite) harbours.
Same here
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It's good for point 9 too!
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Has anyone come across locked or blocked off slips? There seem to be quite a few in the swansea area!
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My Perfect Slip

Hi All,

IMHO, there are only 2 candidates for the title:

1, the Camber Dock although not free, accss is an all states tide, plenty of parking for car & trailer.

2 is the ECA slipway although a club for which a membership fee is payable. Is an all states tidal accss, wide enough for 2 at a time launching plus plenty of parking,fresh water wash downs, shower block and lockers, workshop facilities and a very cheap Bar & Resturant on site what more would you want.

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Has anyone come across locked or blocked off slips? There seem to be quite a few in the swansea area!
There are two slips that have been blocked off by bollards,

1. Just off Kew Bridge (along Strand-on-The-Green)
2. The other end of Strand-on-The-Green.

A real shame!

The Windsor slip is great, but it's a shame it's not near the sea!

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There was no mention of having a pub next to it so you can get a beer after recovery!!!! And a good bog, for the pre-cruise dump! And Maybe a local cafe for the pre-cruise early morning bacon butty!
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