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Old 19 September 2014, 14:16   #1
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Where to launch in Essex or Kent.

Hi. Apart from childhood fun and memories, I am buying a sib and this will be my first time as an owner.
It is likely to be a 40 on a 5m sib.

I have 2 young kids who I want to get gradually used to the boat

I will have a trailer which I can use to launch and I would like some advise on where I can launch the boat into quiet water so I can initially test the boat and get accustomed. After that I want to go somewhere more interesting.

I am south Essex/ north east London.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 19 September 2014, 19:22   #2
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Marcus, I do not know about south Essex but a short trip through the pipe will take you to the A2 and 15 minutes down the road will get you to the Medway. Launch at Gillingham Pier (if the Harbour Master catches you 15) that gives you a trip upstream or down in relatively sheltered waters no matter whats going on. In fact even if its blowing a hooligan you can always find somewhare to hide up. The pier launching window is about two and half hours either side of high water so you should get a bit of time to have a run round. Parking is not a problem.Regards Jim
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Old 20 September 2014, 02:58   #3
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Hi Jim. Thanks for the advise, I'll give that a go.
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Old 20 September 2014, 05:10   #4
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I don't know how far north in Essex you would go but we are very keen on the facilities at Mersea Island. A combination of firm surface slipway at 90% of tide states (no charges either), good pontoon once launched, toilets/wash facilities, chandlers, cafes/pubs etc.

Have a look at this thread I contributed to particularly my report and images on page 2...

Launching question West Mersea
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Old 22 September 2014, 08:02   #5
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Thanks for that, and I reviewed that other thread. In addition have you got any feedback of launching from brad well on sea?

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Old 22 September 2014, 08:11   #6
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Can't help with Bradwell, but on one of the corners of the Road to Bradwell is a road to "Stone" - It s the usual couple of hours either side, but is one of the few palces tou can launch a (sailing) dinghy at all stated of the tide. Admittedly at low tide you are ankle deep in mud, but it's bnetter than the usual waist deep normality of the area!

Also there is (was?) a good pub right by the launch site.

Double check nothing has changed - it's been a good 9 years since I last clapped eyes on the beach there!
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Old 22 September 2014, 16:13   #7
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Have used a few in Kent:
- Gillingham Pier, as above, easy to use but tide limited ( our first trip in our rib was from here, took advice from the old boy collecting the money when we needed to be back by, got back 1/2 hr earlier to find nothing but mud, a night in the marina and get her back the next day followed....?)
- Herne Bay is a nice slip, good wide hard surface, all tide or pretty near, launch into sheltered harbour, cheap parking
- Queensborough, Isle of Sheppey - long narrow slip but ok for all but the very bottom of the tide, seems to be free, pub at top, car parking but we've only used it low season, not sure what it would be like in the summer peak

Hope that helps
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Have a look at
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I would suggest Burnham Yacht Harbour in Burnham on Crouch.
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Thanks for the suggestion of burnham. Is it a decent slip to launch from ?
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