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Old 29 November 2023, 14:37   #1
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Salcombe boating

We've been fortunate enough to be offered the use of a holiday home in salcombe next summer for a week. It's a long journey for us from the North East of Scotland. I've been to Poole before and it seemed like boating heaven. I'm just trying to gauge whether it's worth me towing the boat all that way and making it a bit of a boating holiday! keen to get advice from someone who's spent some time in and around Salcombe.

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Old 29 November 2023, 15:09   #2
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In short terms

Oh yes

We regulary visit from Plymouth or Torquay. Salcombe opens up a great cruising area; Lyme Regis for Ice cream
Fowye for a pasty
Plymouth for a Gin
Dartmouth for a crab sandwhich
Looe for cake
Exmouth for mussels on the barge

That's before the estuary and the local rivers (Tamar, Dart, Teign, Exe).

Take a look at the various trip reports we've posted - plenty to get stuck into.
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In short terms

Oh yes

We regulary visit from Plymouth or Torquay. Salcombe opens up a great cruising area; Lyme Regis for Ice cream
Fowye for a pasty
Plymouth for a Gin
Dartmouth for a crab sandwhich
Looe for cake
Exmouth for mussels on the barge

That's before the estuary and the local rivers (Tamar, Dart, Teign, Exe).

Take a look at the various trip reports we've posted - plenty to get stuck into.
+1

Even if the weather/sea isn't playing ball, there are some great places on the rivers to launch and visit.

Youll be disappointed if you don't take it.
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Old 30 November 2023, 19:51   #4
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I would definitely take it if you can - have sailed in and around there many times on both our yacht and RIB, and is an amazing boating location. Very limited walk ashore berthing through (basically none), so expect to be hanging on a mooring if you leave the boat in the water.
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Old 30 November 2023, 22:18   #5
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We've been fortunate enough to be offered the use of a holiday home in salcombe next summer for a week. It's a long journey for us from the North East of Scotland. I've been to Poole before and it seemed like boating heaven. I'm just trying to gauge whether it's worth me towing the boat all that way and making it a bit of a boating holiday! keen to get advice from someone who's spent some time in and around Salcombe.

cheers,

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Oh Yes .........

Launch at Bateson Quay slip (all tide slip), and you can park your car and trailer in the car park at the slip.

If the weather is good, then head out over the bar, a turn to port takes you past Start Point, across the skerries banks and on to Dartmouth. A turn to Starboard takes you along the South Hams coast to Plymouth.

If the weather is not so good, then follow the estuary on a rising tide to Kingsbridge, which is a pleasant run. It is not really an estuary as it is not fed from a river, its classification is a Ria.

All stunning scenery that will more than compare to many parts of Jockistan.
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If the weather really isn't good for a sea day, another great place to launch is Totnes. It's a lovely trip down the Dart to Dartmouth. I think you'd manage 3 hrs either side of HT in a rib, it's all tides with a sib.
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definitely take your boat - so much to do with a boat - so little to do without
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Oh Yes .........

Launch at Bateson Quay slip (all tide slip), and you can park your car and trailer in the car park at the slip.

If the weather is good, then head out over the bar, a turn to port takes you past Start Point, across the skerries banks and on to Dartmouth. A turn to Starboard takes you along the South Hams coast to Plymouth.

If the weather is not so good, then follow the estuary on a rising tide to Kingsbridge, which is a pleasant run. It is not really an estuary as it is not fed from a river, its classification is a Ria.

All stunning scenery that will more than compare to many parts of Jockistan.

You may want to check if you can park car and trailer on slip way - I know you certainly cant do this not less you book well in advance.
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Book in as soon as you have dates - Salcombe gets very busy and there is a limited number of moorings - start with the harbour master - beware, its an expensive exercise.
Mooring, water dues, trailer parking & carparking.
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We are regulars and was there in September and it was the most manic I've ever seen it. Frustrating when the boat park has empty spaces that you can't use because they're paid for. I locked the trailer on a grass verge opposite and it was a nightmare getting a single space for the car. Definitely best for us to pay harbour dues each time you use the slip. If you want a cheap mooring see Dennis of Salcombe Sea School or Reddish Marine. Reddish also have secure storage just out of town near our campsite if you want to keep it on the trailer. I'm not happy with price or security of the boat park although nothing bad seems to happen.

It's a great base, you've got Dartmouth and Brixham in one direction, Plymouth and Eddystone rocks in the other. I saw three pods of dolphins on just one trip! You could launch free at Dartmouth or Plymouth and enjoy the river trips. Your kids will love it.
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Thanks everyone! have emailed the harbour and shall book my mooring soon! definitely taking the boat - I may be in touch with a few of you nearer the time for some local knowledge if thats ok!
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Depending on the dates - may well be able to come join you for a trip or two
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Depending on the dates - may well be able to come join you for a trip or two
Fantastic! will catch you nearer the time
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