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Old 07 June 2024, 06:58   #1
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Redsand Forts

Hi all,

Iíd like to go out to Redsand forts in my friends RIB but having difficulty finding the best place to launch for the day. Have looked through forums and Google. Has anyone done the run to them and any advice on best slipway to launch from?

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Old 07 June 2024, 16:14   #2
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Been out to them many times, I launch from Brightlingsea its accessible 24/7 and it's on my door step.
Closest slipway is probably Uncle Toms at Shoebury Common but I think it's really only a couple of hours either side of high tide and is blighted with the Romford Navy on Jetski's.
https://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/view-slipway/3185 There are other slipways along the seafront at Southend and along to Lee and Candy but its only a few hours either side of high and then lots of smelly mud!

A litte information on here, https://www.facebook.com/share/RQABemvoLDHk8cGs/

What boat are you planning to head out there on?
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Thanks for the info, will take a look. My mate has a 5m Brig with 60hp.
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Thanks for the info, will take a look. My mate has a 5m Brig with 60hp.
Fine boat for a summers day but make sure you know what your doing with the weather & tides.

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Yep, will make sure it’s good weather and sea conditions are good. We have RYA PB2 and VHF. Coming from Fleet, Hampshire.
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Yep, will make sure itís good weather and sea conditions are good. We have RYA PB2 and VHF. Coming from Fleet, Hampshire.
If you fancy the launch from Brightlingsea and want the company ive got a few friends who keep pestering me to take them out so could join.
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Ok cool, that’s really kind. Not sure when we are going yet as just in the planning phase, but will ping you back when we decide. Thanks for your help. Cheers Darren
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I think it is worth pointing out the size and capability differences of mhills Rib and the 5 m one for such a trip. There is a very big difference.
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I think it is worth pointing out the size and capability differences of mhills Rib and the 5 m one for such a trip. There is a very big difference.
A 5m Brig and 60hp is more than capable. The benefit of travelling in company is that the other boat (if larger) will regulate speed to take into account conditions, thatís kind of a given. Mhillís suggestion is a fantastic offer, especially as heís done the trip numerous times.

Harry Dwyer did the same trip in 4m Avon. He was carrying more kit than a cargo ship!
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,,,the Romford Navy on Jetski's.
Thank you, that will translate well here!
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I think it is worth pointing out the size and capability differences of mhills Rib and the 5 m one for such a trip. There is a very big difference.
A 5m boat in the right hands is more than capable it just be wont be very comfortable when the tide changes and the wind picks up. Hence the comment of picking the weather.
I went out to the forts & on to Chatham for lunch in my previous 5m Highfield Ocean Master. Easily done and just a bit of planning and prep.
The trip back and especially the Inner Whitaker to Swin Spillway with wind over a falling tide gets a little spicy.

It's mostly the short sharp relentless chop that just wares you down and demoralise though.

I might be up for a Fort Run with Firework Finish on the 27th of July if anyone fancies it? Tide isn't amazing times but its neeps so not to high or low.
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Thank you, that will translate well here!
There's noting with with JetSki's they are just owned predominantly by idiots!

The Romford Navy are the scourge in this part of the world, go and play in North Wales and you find the Scouse & Mancs Detachment. Easy to spot the various detachments many a mile off - generally obese, pink, balding or overly groomed hair and they'll be the ones gunning their boats/jetskis up the beach like heroes or impersonating something from Miami Vice to collect another Stella from the Yeti in the back of the Pick up Truck and more than likely another line of coke too!
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There's noting with with JetSki's they are just owned predominantly by idiots!

The Romford Navy....
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We have done the forts from launching at Greenwich from the forts we went round the Sheppy and back to Greenwich. about 118 Miles. Looking to do it again this year
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Thanks for the replies everyone!!
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