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Old 23 January 2007, 14:28   #1
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When i finish moding my rib,new second hand engine plus plus other mods would like to try out on some ware in lake district I believe some lakes have speed restritions on who do you contact to ask permision to laurnch any advise welcome about a month away from a trip up there.
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Old 23 January 2007, 15:18   #2
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Since the ban on Windemere, I think that all lakes now have speed limits in the Lake District I'm afraid.

But Loch Lomond still has no limit
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If you are planning to come to Loch Lomond you should note:
  1. There is an upper speed limit on all of the loch, but it is 48.6 knots (90 kph) across the whole loch.
  2. Most areas within 150m of any shore are limited to 5.9 knots (11 kph).
  3. You must register your boat before use. This can be done on the day at the rangers office beside the balloch slipway. In theory this is free of charge, but you need to display the correct stickers and registration number - which are a prescribed format - so for a rib it will cost you about 8-10 to get these - they last for the callendar year and are renewed free at the office or for 1 by post.
See here for more info about rules etc >>>

http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/...ault.asp?p=222

And here for more general info on boating on the loch >>>

http://www.loch-lomond.net/boating/slipways.html


The facilities at Balloch are excellent - especially since they are free to use. But beware they were closed just after new year due to flooding damage - I suggest you call the slipway 01389 757 295 to check if it is open again.

Oh - and just a little point - be aware that although it is "inland water" the fetch is about 20-30 miles so in the right conditions it can still get fairly impressive waves. On top of which the water can be colder than the sea at the wrong time of year (e.g. when snow melting off the hills).

However that is not meant to put you off - if you are planning to be responsible then the rangers and other water users will generally make you very welcome.
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Old 24 January 2007, 14:29   #4
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All the lakes have speed limits, since the limit on Windermere their now planning on taxing canoes and rowing boats to try and pay there wages!!!!
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Old 24 January 2007, 17:02   #5
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thanks for info about lakes a bit off putting speed limits,lock lomand sounds good but a long haul from Stoke,might try later on in year when boat has settled with new bits,would love to find someware closer in the midlands if possible ???
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thanks for info about lakes a bit off putting speed limits,lock lomand sounds good but a long haul from Stoke,might try later on in year when boat has settled with new bits,would love to find someware closer in the midlands if possible ???
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Try Chase Water near Cannock. It's not very big (although big enough for watersking as there is a club there.) Not sure if you need permission or not. Might be worth googling the water ski club and giving them a bell.
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Not sure if you need permission or not.
They will let anyone use it as long as you pay the 700+ for first year membership

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I know the River Tyne has a speed limit of 6 knots on places but the reality is that if you are sensible then its not enforced, you have any good local rivers for your tests?
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Hmm at that price, I think going to Windamere, speeding and paying the fine (assuming you are caught) is probably cheaper. In fact I am sure I have read somewhere that only 1 person has so far been prosecuted/fined for breaking the speed limit on Windamere.
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Try finding a local ski club.

I have one near me, and when I explained that I needed somewhere for some high speed testing that was safe (ie not on sea) they let me use the lake for 30 for an hour before their day really began.

Saved on fuel, so not too bothered about the price.

Have done the same a coupel of times since, just depends on owners being "nice"
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Wow!!!

Sounds like you people have some of the same restrictions and steep costs involved in accessing inland lakes that we do here in Manitoba.

I can think of at least 4 of the busier launching spots (and there might be even more) in Manitoba where we'd have to pay upwards of $4 - $8 CDN (~ 2-4 pounds) to use a boat ramp. When you consider that Manitoba only has about 100,000 lakes, those 4 launching spots (where you have to pay through the nose) represent a severe impediment in our overall access to lakes.

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Flame suit now on - ready to catch lots of these " " guys coming my way.
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There's a small lake at Rother Valley near Rotherham that you can use for 30 mins - although you usually get around 45-50 mins, for an engine test. They charge 8.00 (from memory). You have to book it in advance though.
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There's a small lake at Rother Valley near Rotherham that you can use for 30 mins - although you usually get around 45-50 mins, for an engine test. They charge 8.00 (from memory). You have to book it in advance though.
That is correct - Its is Rother Valley Watersports 01142 471 452 and press 1 for Watersports centre. "Engine test" is the acceptable term.

It is a reasonably sized lake with easy slip entry. Watch out for slipping on duck and swan poo on the pontoons !
You can only use from 0830 to 0900 hrs and they are closed late Nov until March (15th?) You need insurance evidence and may be asked to register - with a photo and copy of your insurance certificate for them to keep.

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Seems that finding a river ,lake in the midlands in the winter is going to be hard for testing
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