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Old 03 March 2013, 19:48   #221
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Infact he walked across us at least 4 times!! This could get costly!!
It sure will
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Old 14 March 2013, 18:24   #222
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Just had an email from Macmillan


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Old 15 March 2013, 11:44   #223
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Morning you lot, haven't posted but have been following this for obvious reasons, I've talked to my mate at Foulkes and son on the hamble, he's happy for you to use his slip and pontoons if you want to launch there, I have plenty of space at my place for all the trailers and car, there may be a charge on Anthony side for use of his boatyard but he has said he will add it to the charity, this is something dear to his heart as well as he lost his dad, brother and cousin all in a couple of year to it, as long as we are sensible with parking and launching the offer is there, the slip is almost useable in all states of tide except real low ones and as long as we raft up we won't cause too many problems to his regular customers, my place is under a mile from the boatyard so you can park in mine and walk back to your boat, it's about half hour up the river but its a nice run past all the boatyards, , I hope to do this run myself, but if I don't the offer is still there regardless
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Old 15 March 2013, 12:02   #224
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Nice one Biff

I can also help with launching and parking at Calshot but there will more than likely be a charge but I will talk to them
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I can also confirm that the Harbor master at warsash will cut you guys some slack, you can put your boats on there pontoon while you sort your car and trailer out in the car park, there is only a limited number of trailer parking spaces in the car park, I've been ask to ask you not to take the piss and leave your boats on there for too long, I can also get you a cheap rate for overnight on the visitors berth , go and see the harbour master and say, biff sent you, it will only work for that weekend, don't go mad down there as it will my nuts in the sling
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I've added a section to the summary document (http://bit.ly/XKWPro) called 'accommodation and launching' with a link to Biff's launching options.

Good to see a list of 30 boats at the moment that may be out on the day for such a good cause.
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I'd really appreciate some advice on accomodation possibilites.

We'll need to trail down Saturday, and were planning to launch at Lymington but as it's a bank holiday weekend what B&B is available is demanding at least 2 if not 3 nights stay - have spent hours looking for somwhere locally and have had the same answer everywhere!. With 4 of us that will be expensive (plus the fact we are staying away at a wedding Fri night!). We don't want the needless expense of paying for 2 nights accomodation and food when we only need 1.

With 2 adults, 2 children we need either a family room that sleeps 4 or 2 rooms.

Might have to rethink Lymington, as launch point but may well find the same problem in the Hamble / Portsmouth area.

Thanks in advance for any tips / leads
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I'd really appreciate some advice on accomodation possibilites.

We'll need to trail down Saturday, and were planning to launch at Lymington but as it's a bank holiday weekend what B&B is available is demanding at least 2 if not 3 nights stay - have spent hours looking for somwhere locally and have had the same answer everywhere!. With 4 of us that will be expensive (plus the fact we are staying away at a wedding Fri night!). We don't want the needless expense of paying for 2 nights accomodation and food when we only need 1.

With 2 adults, 2 children we need either a family room that sleeps 4 or 2 rooms.

Might have to rethink Lymington, as launch point but may well find the same problem in the Hamble / Portsmouth area.

Thanks in advance for any tips / leads
You could launch at Calshot, leave the car there and stay in Cowes in a B&B (download the cowes app for more info) moorings are available but they do get busy.

I will sort out free camping for a few tents on the island but you will have to pay about £10 for moorings.

Most camping around the mainland area will be a 3 day minimum booking too.

Why not turn it into a holiday, Biffer has a house that he rents out on the island and it's very reasonably priced too considering it's like new
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Tempting as it sounds I have to be back at work on the Tues!
Camping isn't a viable option - don't have the kit for a family & it's a lot of hassle for just 1 night.
Will keep thinking.
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Tempting as it sounds I have to be back at work on the Tues!
Camping isn't a viable option - don't have the kit for a family & it's a lot of hassle for just 1 night.
Will keep thinking.
Try here (never been there) and launch with us up the road

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I'd really appreciate some advice on accomodation possibilites.

We'll need to trail down Saturday, and were planning to launch at Lymington but as it's a bank holiday weekend what B&B is available is demanding at least 2 if not 3 nights stay - have spent hours looking for somwhere locally and have had the same answer everywhere!. With 4 of us that will be expensive (plus the fact we are staying away at a wedding Fri night!). We don't want the needless expense of paying for 2 nights accomodation and food when we only need 1.

With 2 adults, 2 children we need either a family room that sleeps 4 or 2 rooms.

Might have to rethink Lymington, as launch point but may well find the same problem in the Hamble / Portsmouth area.

Thanks in advance for any tips / leads
I can recommend this place in Portsmouth: Home Parents stayed there a couple of years ago when I lived nearby. It's about 30 seconds walk from the Camber dock where there is a fantastic slipway (£2 per launch), loads of parking for the car, free dedicated boat trailer park, cafe with loos, plus it's only about 10 mins off the motorway so no faffing around driving across the New Forest! It's run by one of the committee members of Portmouth Sailing club so any boat related questions I'm sure he'll be able to help.

Failing that, there's a Travel lodge just at the bottom of the M275 as you come into Portsmouth. About ten mins from the slip above. If you got down there in reasonable time on Saturday afternoon you could launch then and either keep your boat in Gunwharf marina which is opposite, or talk to "Dry run" on here who runs the boat yard next to the slip which has pontoons. Leave the trailer in the trailer park overnight, then you have a nice leisurely start on Sunday.
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Old 17 March 2013, 07:41   #233
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Alverstoke hotel http://www.alverbankhotel.co.uk/
at lee on Solent then launch from alongside haslar. Marina in harbour is ok
Compass point b&b in Hamble village with slip 50yards away on river Hamble compass point is lovely have a look at their website run by mike who use to run a rib with us
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maybe launch at Hamble Point Marina and store boat and trailer there- (pricey launch on slip which is a good one)

Also Farthings B&B

School Lane, Hamble SO31 4JD, England very close to marina slip and all these are close to Solent 6-8 mins from launch http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_R...e_England.html

Like all these the security of boat needs sorting, I would if you went for Hamble locations, go to Hamble Point marina for launch on the slip way $25-30 I think but I may be able to arrange for you to have access to trailer park for this cause, let me know and I will ask
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Old 17 March 2013, 08:39   #234
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I'd really appreciate some advice on accomodation possibilites.

We'll need to trail down Saturday, and were planning to launch at Lymington but as it's a bank holiday weekend what B&B is available is demanding at least 2 if not 3 nights stay - have spent hours looking for somwhere locally and have had the same answer everywhere!. With 4 of us that will be expensive (plus the fact we are staying away at a wedding Fri night!). We don't want the needless expense of paying for 2 nights accomodation and food when we only need 1.

With 2 adults, 2 children we need either a family room that sleeps 4 or 2 rooms.

Might have to rethink Lymington, as launch point but may well find the same problem in the Hamble / Portsmouth area.

Thanks in advance for any tips / leads
There is a premier inn at high cliff which is like a 10 min drive to Lymington there is also another a bit further down the road in Christchurch. There's also the new forest hotel group not sure what their prices are but they have a few hotels dotted around the new Forrest! There's also a hotel on Lymington high street ( it's a posh one- think its expensive tho)

B and B wise have you tried b and b's in Barton on sea, Milford on sea and new Milton all are 5 mins drive to Lymington ( you might have the same problem I don't know)

Can't really comment on other areas!

Hope this helps you out!
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Thanks for the various advice on accomodation - now revised plan launching at Warsash with 1 night's acccomodation sorted at Premier Inn Fareham. £77 for family room 1 night only

Would have liked to experienced Lymington, but with all the local B&Bs charging for a min 2 or 3 night stay over the BH weekend on £/person rates it was too pricey.

Really helpful advice from the Harbour Office at Warsash too.
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I am now down in The Solent that weekend but do not currently have a rib I am a commercial skipper (advanced PB commercially endorsed and do regular work for C2 Ribs, Onboard Charters, and Saber Powersports. All of those companies will vouch for me) and would love to donate £100. So, can we find 20 ribs that will let me helm a section of the route on the same basis as Peter Matcham, £5 per boat helmed. I promise to take care of your rib and you will be alongside me ensuring I do. I guess it's around 3NM in each rib. I will be helming "Onboard Rascal" on Easter Sunday, and will probably be helming C2 Ribs new Gemini before then, so that's £10 already. Just need another 18 ribs.

So who's up for raising another £90 from me, let me know.

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Idea.....as the number of boats is due to be lots...and lots....how about I give 5 pound per boat I get to drive?....that could add a reasonable/big amount?....

I promise not to break anything...hopefully I know what I'm doing?....
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Go on then Chris, add me to your list, you now need 16
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Thank Lee and landlord, £20 in the pot so far, 16 boats and £80 to go. Oh, I would really like to end up at whatever slipway I start from if possible
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I am now down in The Solent that weekend but do not currently have a rib I am a commercial skipper (advanced PB commercially endorsed and do regular work for C2 Ribs, Onboard Charters, and Saber Powersports. All of those companies will vouch for me) and would love to donate £100. So, can we find 20 ribs that will let me helm a section of the route on the same basis as Peter Matcham, £5 per boat helmed. I promise to take care of your rib and you will be alongside me ensuring I do. I guess it's around 3NM in each rib. I will be helming "Onboard Rascal" on Easter Sunday, and will probably be helming C2 Ribs new Gemini before then, so that's £10 already. Just need another 18 ribs.

So who's up for raising another £90 from me, let me know.

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What? youre betting on me letting you helm!!

I have an open door on that day and if Gemineye is free I will offer additional seats for the run.
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