Originally Posted by rikshaw
hi, all new to boating purchased a new rib excel volante sd360 with a 5hp motor based in Lincolnshire uk access to North Sea, any tips would be very welcome. regards Rickshaw.
Hi welcome Rick.
Probably your best bet is starting out on the Trent and West Stockwith might be closest for you. Check out Boatlaunch.co.uk for all the places in your neck of the woods, I don't believe there's much to do or see out at sea and crossing the Humber's not straightforward after watching Cruising-the-Cut do it via narrowboat on YouTube.
You'll need Imray Tide Planner or Tideschart app most places you launch. If you want non-tidal then the free slip at Hazleford would be great for you but then you've got locks to negotiate.
Edit: If you can lift your boat over or go under the W.Stockwith slipway chain then launching is officially free, as is the parking. Rarely locked, but a key to the Basin's car park gate is available for a small fee from British Waterways website.
The wide canal at Torksey might be a possibility, free slipway near the lock to the Trent, not listed in Boatlaunch, nice tea rooms and toilets.