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Old 04 July 2004, 03:54   #11
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Best tip - make your first attempt midweek when there are not too many people around. Slips make for great entertainment!
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Old 04 July 2004, 04:15   #12
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My favoured launch site for the Solent is Calshot Activities Centre - not the cheapest but accessible at all states, trailer stays attached to car (no messing with ropes) and all facilities on site. There is no pontoon so best to have a car and boat driver.

http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/popup.asp?iconID=51

Look out for a white/grey Avon RIB - That'll be us!!

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I,ll second this,we joined as members for 130.00 in february it has more then paid for itself already with 16 launches,a strong northerly is interesting requiring modification of technique but I find the prevailing southwesterlies are ideal.
The slip is fine with my 4x4,quite steep and what a joy to not have to worry about tides.
We have used the rnli landing stage,without any one getting excited and there is another pontoon,high water only at one of the other two slips that are there.
There are toilets and a bar in the main hanger.
The main slipway with our boat means I can get away with only launching the trailer just over the wheel bearings(10 inch wheels) which helps with the wear and tear on the trailer,I dont know if this will work with your setup though.
Negatives-a day blown out due to a busy cat meeting and parking can sometimes be a little busy.
Look out for us Andy-may have seen you already-blue humber-yam100

Oh and saw a seal just off the slipway last time we launched!!
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Old 04 July 2004, 11:32   #13
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Best tip - make your first attempt midweek when there are not too many people around. Slips make for great entertainment!
Good tip - my son entertains visitors wth the tale of our first launch!


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The slip is fine with my 4x4,quite steep
I use a front wheel drive (Vauxhall) and don't have too many problems. It only gets a bit interesting at low tide with the weed and stones at the bottom of the main slip - plenty of wheelspin on the way up (so much so a very kind RNLI chap suggested the use of a rope! I pointed out that as it's a company car the tyres don't wear and the body is impervious to saltwater corrosion!!!).

Another nice thing about Calshot is access to hoses to do all the cleaning down before getting home (after driving back to Birmingham I have to say I'm not very keen on doing too much more!)

Timboli - we'll be heading down just a soon as the weather eases off a bit - I'm getting withdrawl symptoms from not having been out for a few weeks! I'll keep an eye out for you and your Humber

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Old 04 July 2004, 12:18   #14
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Timboli - we'll be heading down just a soon as the weather eases off a bit - I'm getting withdrawl symptoms from not having been out for a few weeks! I'll keep an eye out for you and your Humber

Andy Beach [/QUOTE]

Me too,were doing other things next weekend but after that,first bit of decent weather,we hope to be out.
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Old 04 July 2004, 19:44   #15
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The public slipway at Southampton under the Itchen bridge is superb and it's free. It's very nearly an all state of tide slipway give or take an hour either side of low tide. I prefer a steep slipway and remember low ratio is mandatory on a slipway if you have it.

there is also a little known but rather good public slipway at Town Quay,

If you need a hand launching the first time send me a message I work in Saxon Wharf which isn't to far away

Fluid tuition and Stormforce coaching are good training establishments in Southampton as is the Ocean Quay sea skool. AquaWaves in Hythe and Aquapower in Yarmouth whom I have heard good reports of

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Stormforce coaching are good training establishments in Southampton ...
I notice Stormforce use a Camel RIB for some courses and find that boat "perfectly balanced"
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Old 05 July 2004, 03:52   #17
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They are good boats Richard, It's just they don't frightem me enuff
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Old 05 July 2004, 16:12   #18
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Just like to thank all of you who replied.

Attempting my first launch this weekend, weather permitting.

I'll let you know how I get on

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They are good boats Richard, It's just they don't frightem me enuff
OK - would this boat frighten you enough?
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