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Old 25 November 2013, 02:32   #41
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Have a run up to the lakes
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Old 25 November 2013, 02:45   #42
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I like Micks suggestion of the lakes for a bit of experience. Obviously you'll be restricted for speeds but you've got the plus sides of easy launching, freshwater so no need to flush plus the advantage of not getting into bother if the engine plays up !!
Ullswater is probably a lot quieter than Windermere if memory serves me. Living in N.Yorkshire I've found our coast a bit limiting & tend to go to Scotlands west coast by choice !!

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Old 25 November 2013, 03:12   #43
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At the risk of being discouraging: if you're using Google for your journey times estimates then remember to add a bit for towing. Our journey time to Caernarfon is 3.5 on Google but takes us a good 4.5. I tow at 55 - 60.

I feel your pain tho. I was in the same position last year; busting to get out on my new rib. Ended up towing it up to Loch Lomond when we went to see my folks at Christmas. The rangers at Balloch thought we were nuts when we rocked up wanting to launch on Christmas Eve!
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Old 25 November 2013, 04:50   #44
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I live in the midlands and do all my boating on the south coast (mainly The Solent). I guess Derbyshire to Southampton would be a slightly longer drive than the East coast, but the Solent area and Dorset coastline are great.
+1 except I use Christchurch, very easy slip to use, also would it not be better to have people around if you did encounter a problem.

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Reading this really makes me realise how lucky we are. Yesterday's outing took no more than two hours from hauling the boat out of the barn to putting it away all rinsed and tidy. Driving time to the water about 10 mins

The Menai Straits is a great place to try out a new toy. Legally sea, so no grief, lots of slipways to choose from and sheltered in almost any conditions. OK there is the tide, but that can be your free recovery service with a bit of planning. Probably too far though.

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Old 25 November 2013, 12:38   #46
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I like Micks suggestion of the lakes for a bit of experience. Obviously you'll be restricted for speeds but you've got the plus sides of easy launching, freshwater so no need to flush plus the advantage of not getting into bother if the engine plays up !! Ullswater is probably a lot quieter than Windermere if memory serves me. Living in N.Yorkshire I've found our coast a bit limiting & tend to go to Scotlands west coast by choice !! Good luck.
I've been told there is an area on Windermere down the bottom you can ski as long as your sensible and the wardens don't mind.
Or ullswater is very quiet this time of year
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Old 25 November 2013, 14:50   #47
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Fell asleep last night just got back from work . Cheers for all your comments and suggestions . The west coast of Scotland is to blame for me buying a boat in the first place . The Hebridean isles are on our agenda for next year . Jura and mull can't wait . Lincoln and the lakes had crossed my mind but I think I am going to be a sea snob before I start , the thought of going out on lakes doesn't do it for me.

Did our power boat course on Menai and yes it did open my eyes to the area so may explore more in the spring .

It's been great of you all to share you knowledge with me . If I do go up to whitby to try on Sunday I assume you will all be there to help !!!
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Very true, I haven't launched since mid September, it's either been to rough, or to windy (light breeze today, but six foot swells).
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There aren't many slips to choose from on the East coast compared to many other parts of the UK.
You could try Scarborough harbour as it's a bit closer than Whitby. Decent ramp and accessible at all states of the tide. About 15 launch fees.
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