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Old 02 May 2013, 10:57   #1
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The use of slipways in the UK (charges)

I notice that a lot of the users on this forum refer to charges to use a slip.
Is there a charge to use all slipways in the UK?
are they private or in public ownership?
How does that system work and how much to use a slipway?


Thankfully in in Ireland they have yet to think of that tax

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Old 02 May 2013, 11:56   #2
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Thankfully in in Ireland they have yet to think of that tax
I'm afraid you've had a sheltered existence TSM. It's not that uncommon in managed harbours and marinas here.
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Old 02 May 2013, 11:58   #3
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Hi Mick - IME it can be all of those options.

Our private club slipway is 5 per launch for visitors in an honesty box or free to members @20 per year.

Orkney Harbours charge 65 for 6 months usage permit (1 May - 31 October) in 2013 for use of all their slipways, moorings and berthing in harbours for small non-commercial boats up to 10m using them regularly:
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For visiting boats it's 16 for 4 days or 32 for 14 days for the same.

There's usually free parking too by the slip.

But from experience I think ours are some of the cheapest - I'm off to the Western Isles next month and their prices are more than that... But still much cheaper than I find in England.

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Old 02 May 2013, 12:31   #5
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Free where we go on Kintyre (Carradale). I don't mind the charges at a decent marina like Largs because you've got the use of good facilities & pontoons to load the family. Plenty of places to beach launch but it's a pita getting the family in plus if the weather's against you probably better to watch the tv !!
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Hundreds of different slipways in the UK and hundreds of different charging structures.

We still have plenty of free slips maintained by councils, we have slips that are technically free to use but you must pay an annual registration free. We also have commercial slips owned by companies, these are usually the most expensive and can cost up to 30 a day for popular ones.
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It's not that uncommon in managed harbours and marinas here.
also in some in Northern Ireland.
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Do we have a list some where?

Appledore - 10 if the hut is open, car park costs only if not.
Bude - 7.00 ( I think)
Port Gaverne 5.00 or yearly membership (minimal parking.
Plymouth; Oreston and Saltash / Tamar Bridge - free with free parking, on road if car park full.
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I have launched at more than six different Orkney slipways over the past 4 years and used more than half the harbours and piers around the islands.
Its news to me I should be paying, even when in the Orkney harbours office collecting dive permits nobody has ever asked for money for a launching permit nor have I ever seen any signs or "honesty boxes"
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Nice free one in Poole harbour... 6 foot wide barrier limits size of rig... Good in all tide states....

Lots of free ones, but not all ideal at low tide
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