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Old 24 November 2013, 12:04   #31
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Whitby is an easy launch with a good wide, sheltered concrete slip. A little steeper than many but easy to use.
Only thing with Whitby is the harbour entrance you can get some big swells there so I'm told,
Unless it's really calm try somewhere else till you have more experience
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Old 24 November 2013, 12:50   #32
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The last two comments suggest I might be out of luck . I run a tree surgery business and I never base any of my bookings on more than a 24 hour forecast. So I will wait till Saturday and see what they are saying then
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Old 24 November 2013, 13:23   #33
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Decent weather will make your maiden voyage one to remember rather than one to forget. Choose a launch site for its safety and shelter rather than locality. Start early then enjoy it 'til the sun goes down!
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Old 24 November 2013, 14:27   #34
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Just a thought, while choosing a nice slip to start with is essential, so is the area you get to go and play in.....
I know you said the Solent May be a bit far, but it has the advantage there is almost always a lee shore, and a sheltered harbour or river to explore, and they nearly all gave a nice warm pub in them!!!!
To make the trek a little more worthwhile you could overnight in a marina and B&B.
If you decide to come this far and want to come to the Southampton or Lymington side then I'll gladly meet you for any local info you might need.(and make sure you launch all ok) Drop me a pm and I'll send you my mobile No.
Wherever you go make sure you are fully up to speed with local hazards and issues. This time of year there are a lot less helpful people around.

Have a great time!!!!
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Old 24 November 2013, 15:39   #35
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Only thing with Whitby is the harbour entrance you can get some big swells there so I'm told,
Unless it's really calm try somewhere else till you have more experience
Whitby is a North facing harbour, if its Northerly wind, yes the entrance is bad and the harbour closed. But given the prevailing west to south winds the vast majority of the time the harbour entrance is good. At this time of year the local yacht club have a winter dinghy series in the harbour so you may find a few other boats out.
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Old 24 November 2013, 15:42   #36
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That's very kind of you . I think I have sent you a test pm as I have not done it before . It's going to be 3 hours 10 mins to your coast which feels a bit far for a day trip which is what we are thinking of doing next Sunday. It's an hour less each way to whitby so if the conditions suit we will stick with that . If the conditions are not good I will wait until I have a bit more time and do a whole weekend in your neck of the woods .
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Cheers I will wait till Saturday and then probably contact the harbour master to see if they think it will be suitable for land locked derbyshire virgins !! If it's northerly it might be best leaving it . The main problem is I will probably sulk all day and drive the wife mad
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burton waters marina in Lincoln has a good slip & is quite close to you compared to south coast & Whitby

once launched into the marina your out into a speed restricted river but its a good place to launch & safe to practice & you can head down river & out into the wash if you have time but it is tidal so planning would be essential & I'm not sure how far down river it is or weather its through locks

its nice & close to you by road & wont be as weather dependant as the coast

I'm not sure what the regs are for using the river but you can usually get day permits fairly cheap

I sold a boat through burton waters a few years ago & they were very helpful I'm sure if you rang them & explained what you wanted to do they would advise accordingly

we looked at launching at Whitby & despite walking round the harbour we never found anything that looked like a decent slip except a tidal one into the river

there is a reasonable slip into Bridlington harbour that might be worth checking too

alternatively Hartlepool isn't that much further up than Whitby & has 2 slips one into the outer harbour but I think you can launch into the none tidal marina then exit through lock gates phone Hartlepool marina to check as its a few years since we had a boat in there

hope you find somewhere suitable
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Old 24 November 2013, 18:46   #39
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I can vouch for Burton Waters, or better still try Farndon Marina in Newark, even closer to you and where I take my Rib for tests/trials/etc.

Good slip, and nice wide river trent to play on.

If you need a hand or details give me a shout.
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we launch at cleethorpes , into the river humber , some nice cod coming out there at the moment ,,,,
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