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Old 17 June 2014, 18:07   #1
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Where to launch for a trial?

I'm hoping to have the boat ready to launch this Sunday and would like some help on where to go to test things out.

I'd really like somewhere fresh water and not to far from home in the Midlands (just west of B'ham) as the trailer and boat have both had quite a bit of work done so going for the coast and back in a day feels a bit ambitious, however all options considered.

Anyone got any ideas?

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Old 18 June 2014, 04:31   #3
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I am new to boating and am up in derbyshire . Can't help you with freshwater launch as it doesn't interest me . Our nearest coast is whitby but I got talked into going on the nacho run last winter and was surprised how easy the run down to the Solent is . If we leave at daft o'clock going a sensible speed still only takes three 3 hours and 15 mins. You are nearer . We launched from warsash the harbour staff were really friendly it's an easy launch on low tide but doable on high. It's free launch and not much at all to moor up and there is a pub for grub and a pint . Make sure you only have one some on here get a bit tense if you have more !!
You can also head up the river if you want an easy test but low speed or you turn left and head out .

You might already know all that but thought I would mention anyway



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Old 18 June 2014, 08:14   #4
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Cheers

I was having a look on boatlaunch last night to try and find somewhere suitable.

I've almost abandoned hope of a close freshwater option so am looking at saltwater alternatives.

Looking at Warsash on boatlaunch it says you need to get trailer/car a long way out and may need ropes to recover etc. is it really a place for a beginner like me to have a practice?

Any other options where I'm unlikely to make an idiot of myself?
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If you're going all the way to Hampshire, you may as well launch at Hythe Marina - great free slip, plenty of (not-free) parking, pontoon, etc.

Cardiff Bay may be worth considering?
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Cheers

I was having a look on boatlaunch last night to try and find somewhere suitable.

I've almost abandoned hope of a close freshwater option so am looking at saltwater alternatives.

Looking at Warsash on boatlaunch it says you need to get trailer/car a long way out and may need ropes to recover etc. is it really a place for a beginner like me to have a practice?

Any other options where I'm unlikely to make an idiot of myself?

I am not comparing to many others because I have not done many others but I found it a great place to launch . We did our second launch there the car park is free and the slip is free . Yes if it's high tide you would need to rope but we just avoided that and launched on medium to low tide . We had a weekend there at Easter the weather turned so we brought it in on high tide the harbour staff helped and it was a good thing to learn . I like it because it's quiet and friendly .

When are you thinking of going ?


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Try any local water sports centre's - I know some do 'engine test' permits for launch.

I know Hollingworth Lake (Rochdale) allows this when pre-booked but its a bit of a trek for a hour or so afloat.
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Rob, I am near you in West Brom, I find the trip to Christchurch very easy, approx 3 hours, Wick Lane slip is free, and all day parking for your car is £6, trailer can be left in the trailer area FOC. I have the sat nav co ord if you what.

Another bonus, your launching into a fresh water river that accesses the sea !!
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Try any local water sports centre's - I know some do 'engine test' permits for launch.

I know Hollingworth Lake (Rochdale) allows this when pre-booked but its a bit of a trek for a hour or so afloat.
I drive past that fine spot when the 62 is rammed, I may pass your door i Littleborough
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Probably you do.

I just wish it was bigger an allowed more than an engine test for larger than 5hp


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