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Old 13 March 2011, 16:10   #1
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helford passage launching

thinking of a trip to Helford River in the summer and been offered a house with a mooring for the week at Helford Passage.

Just wondering what the launching was like down there? Havent decided which vehicle to bring yet, either a VW transporter or Volvo XC90. Latter if any of you guys tell me 4wd is a must!!

any hints or tips on launching sites for a 4.8m RIB much appreciated.
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Old 13 March 2011, 16:26   #2
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IMHO you'd find it easier to launch at Mylor Harbour on Carrick Roads (good slipway FOC) then let someone else drive the car over to the house on the Helford, whilst you cross Falmouth Bay, only about 5 miles, to your Helford mooring in the Rib. Takes me about 10 - 15 minutes.
Thereafter I assume you would have a small tender to go back and forth to the Rib in the Helford. Hope this helps. By the way, hope the prop worked for you.
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Old 13 March 2011, 17:23   #3
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IMHO you'd find it easier to launch at Mylor Harbour
...and you also get to meet 'Pontoon Pete' over there.
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As already said I'd launch (free) at Mylor and then motor across to Helford.

I think it costs £10ish to launch at Helford passage and I think that is only if you can handle the boat by hand. They charge an additional in/out fee to launch for you with their land-rover as private cars aren't allowed on the beach, its expensive from what I can remember and access in the summer is pretty poor.

You can store the trailer at Mylor too for £3 a day so that would be my option unless you have storage where you are staying.

And yes.... as DHD said, Mylor is a good place to launch but don't tie up beside the Hire boats cause a certain fella by the name of Pete will get bugged at one.

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We live in the North Helford area.

Our Searider will be on a mooring off of the Ferryboat Inn this season.

You could contact Nick or Sarah at Helford River Boats and book a mooring for the week. toing and froing from Mylor on a daily basis in a 4.8m boat could get a little tedious.

http://www.helford-river-boats.co.uk/contact.htm
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Think his house comes with a mooring already, I was thinking of launching and recovering at Mylor at the beginning/end of the week and keeping the boat on his mooring at Helford in between.
General experience for me when I jointly owned a boat kept at Bosvathick was that launching at the passage was a pita though we did look pretty anti-social with a bright orange 80's speedboat so they probably weren't that accommodating

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sorry to hijack yr thread - camping

Could you locals give me some ideas of good campsites near Helford River.

Thinking of doing what has been suggested, but will be camping in the area.

Any thoughts gratefully received.
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...and you also get to meet 'Pontoon Pete' over there.
It's not just 'Pontoon Pete' but 'Pontoon Pete and the rest of his staff' My other half had an exchange of views (not recommended - she runs a production line of 120 hairy arsed blokes who refer to her as either the 'evil witch' or the 'ice maiden' dependant on what mood she's in) the other year when she dared drift onto 'their' patch...the fact that there was a hefty on shore at the time and she didn't have much choice was neither here nor there. Based on the exchange of views and being regulars we have now evolved an understanding
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awesome- you've all come up trumps again!!

The house owners came back at the the same time with similar info. A local launches with an LR. The house has a mooring and they're taking their RIB off to let us put ours on. Dinghy also sorted - bought a 2.3m SIB yesterday on ebay.

Will be at Helford passage August 5th to 12th if any Ribnetters are around.

Prop worked brilliantly well thanks. Fully loaded with six yesterday we were getting 25 kts at WOT. On my own it's running at 34kts. Very pleased with the performance now and not feeling that stepping back from the rigid and a yammy 150 was a dumb idea any more!!!!
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Could you locals give me some ideas of good campsites near Helford River.

Thinking of doing what has been suggested, but will be camping in the area.

Any thoughts gratefully received.
There are no official campsites on this side (Mawnan) of the Helford. You can chuck a tent in our field ( has shower/toilet facilities) for a small Rioja based consideration.
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Will be at Helford passage August 5th to 12th if any Ribnetters are around.
We'll be based at Mylor on the visitor moorings roughly 25th July to 12th August...PM if you fancy a get-together
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Just to let you know you'll be down here for the best part of Falmouth Week. Even if you're not into the yachty stuff there will be a lot of shoreside events going on in and around town day and night.
Specifically the Red Arrows are scheduled to do an amazing display over the harbour (weather permitting) on Wed 10th August at 6.15pm prompt. Town gets packed, parking difficult, roads closed.
IMHO again, best to park at Mylor Harbour, 15 minute walk along coast path towards Flushing, walk up the hill to the field above Trefusis Point and enjoy the best view in the area.
If you're around earlier that afternoon pop in to the bar at Restronguet Sailing Club at Mylor. I'll sign you in and we can have a cheap beer.
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IMHO again, best to park at Mylor Harbour, 15 minute walk along coast path towards Flushing, walk up the hill to the field above Trefusis Point and enjoy the best view in the area.
Yep, bowling green is good. I reckon a rib-raft party in the harbour pips it.
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best to park at Mylor Harbour, 15 minute walk along coast path towards Flushing, walk up the hill to the field above Trefusis Point and enjoy the best view in the area.
Or...watch from your boat in the Harbour

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Campsite for Black...

There's a new campsite about a 2 miles from Helford Passage, just beyond Mawnan Smith village towards Falmouth. http://www.penwarnefarm.co.uk/
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There's a new campsite about a 2 miles from Helford Passage, just beyond Mawnan Smith village towards Falmouth. http://www.penwarnefarm.co.uk/
That's Manner's place.
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Could you locals give me some ideas of good campsites near Helford River.

Thinking of doing what has been suggested, but will be camping in the area.

Any thoughts gratefully received.
There's a new campsite about 2 miles from Helford Passage, about a mile towards Falmouth from the village of Mawnwn Smith. http://www.penwarnefarm.co.uk/
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We live in the North Helford area.

Our Searider will be on a mooring off of the Ferryboat Inn this season.

You could contact Nick or Sarah at Helford River Boats and book a mooring for the week. toing and froing from Mylor on a daily basis in a 4.8m boat could get a little tedious.

http://www.helford-river-boats.co.uk/contact.htm
The www.helford-river-boats.co.uk folks will not only launch for you but store your trailer if you like. By the time you've spent money on RIB petrol Mylor and back might as well use their launching service which they can do from all the way at the top of the (very tricky and narrow laned) hill. By the way, if you're using one of their moorings, they'll drop you off on it and pick you up (using the small passenger ferry) as often as you want within operating hours for free as part of the service.
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Where are you based Coastguard?

If you have the use of a mooring, you could launch at Durgan. It's a bit cheeky, we chuck the SR in there quite regularly as it's the nearest slip to home. You can leave your trailer at my place for the week if it helps.
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