Originally Posted by IRS
Has anybody used the one in Hythe Marina village and is it any good?
I think Hythe is pretty good. It’s a fairly steep concrete slip and you can launch/recover with the boat attached to the car. There's ample parking, £5 for the day, and they have CCTV/Security guards. You can organise overnight parking if you talk to the lock office, even though the ticket machines won't let you.
You pass a shell garage on your way to the marina. There’s also a few restaurants and shops on site – useful when you forget your dry suit talc.
With regards to tides - there’s plenty of water to get my boat out with 1.8m of tide, which equates to about 1.5 hours either side of low. The sea bed around the slip is soft mud and incredibly flat - the depth is pretty much the same from the end of the slip right out to just before the end of the pier.
As Paul said strong south east winds can be hard work, but otherwise is fairly sheltered from both wind and tidal streams.
The only real annoying things are the lack of washing down facilities and a pontoon next to the slip to tie up too when launching solo.