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    Has anyone had the pleasure of using a boat tent on the visitors pontoon at Bembridge? Any hot tips? I was very reassured when I phoned the harbour master but it will be my first visit there so any experiences would be welcome. Is the channel navigable at low tide with an outboard……obviously something I will find out one way or another before I set off……….(from Chichester harbour).
    Cheers Dave

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    High as a kite after a personally epic solo overnight to Bembridge. Well over three hours each way from Chichester harbour………sore backside……….outboarded up to the visitors pontoon up the very narrow, shallow but beautiful, welcoming channel at low tide (thought I was going to ground the outboard but did not)(From my studies I thought there was a bar that dried out). Choppy seas, reefed mainsail and genoa furled 50% of the time in a south easterly solid force four. Took two outbords for peace of mind and very wary of the big (huge) ferries and ships in the shipping lane that travel so fast (bad night’s sleep beforehand bearing in mind the Ouzo tragedy). Trip even more satisfying as I had got drenched in heavy rain as I was leaving, could not see Hayling Island from East head (let alone the I.O.W). and had resigned mysely to sleeping inside Chichester harbour at best).
    Anyhow Bembridge is an excellent destination…..toilets and showers accessible from pontoon and as a 15ft 10inch “yacht” it cost me a soggy ?10 (oh! and a new mobile for Xmas please)

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    @Dave Mac wrote:

    Has anyone had the pleasure of using a boat tent on the visitors pontoon at Bembridge? Any hot tips? I was very reassured when I phoned the harbour master but it will be my first visit there so any experiences would be welcome. Is the channel navigable at low tide with an outboard……obviously something I will find out one way or another before I set off……….(from Chichester harbour).
    Cheers Dave

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    @Dave Mac wrote:

    Has anyone had the pleasure of using a boat tent on the visitors pontoon at Bembridge? Any hot tips? I was very reassured when I phoned the harbour master but it will be my first visit there so any experiences would be welcome. Is the channel navigable at low tide with an outboard……obviously something I will find out one way or another before I set off……….(from Chichester harbour).
    Cheers Dave

    Dave, I have sailed in and out of Bembridge in naomi. At low tide it is very shallow indeed and a short shaft motor may hit bottom in places. By now you may well have found that out for yourself. I hope to sail from Chichester across to bembridge this coming year. Please keep in touch.

    Jim

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    Yes ………..I found out………I didn’t touch the bottom but must have come close……..just shows what you can get away with in a dinghy………..where do you keep your Wayfarer in Chichester harbour Jim………I was at Wilsons boatyard Mengham rythe last year

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