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David Ellis  
#1 Posted : 05 March 2018 14:06:16(UTC)
Rank: Member

Posts: 5
Location: Bewdley, Worcs

After some happy years sailing in Falmouth Bay we have decided this year to relocate Saffie (P21 No. 67) to somewhere more convenient for the two owners, based in St Albans and the Midlands respectively. The Solent seems a possibility and appears to have a number of members in the area.

We wanted to know of any particular recommendations for where to keep the boat in the area. Ideally we are looking for somewhere not too far from the road network from where we live without a long waiting list for moorings. Not too concerned whether we keep the boat on her trailer in a secure park in the area and launch as required (Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth appear to offer this) or take a mooring, although I suspect we would get on the boat rather quicker if she was already afloat. Is anyone able to suggest a good base for this area that does not cost a fortune?

Many thanks in anticipation and we look forward to meeting some of the local members in due course.

David Ellis
David Ellis
peter lowry  
#2 Posted : 05 March 2018 17:31:56(UTC)
Rank: Advanced Member

Posts: 176
Location: Hedge End, Hampshire

Hello David
It would be great to see "Saffie" again in the Solent, We had many seasons cruising in company with her then owners on our seal 22.

Several places to dry sail her from would be Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu river, there are a few Parker 235 who launch and recover from there.
The other place would be Calshot activity Centre albeit a bit away from Motorways.

Mooring, there are loads of marina on the Hamble. MDL, Universal Marina or Deacons right on the M27, again there are 3 or 4 Parker 275s there .
Portsmouth Harbour also have several pontoons marina,s Wicor marina Hardway , Quay lane marina.

I am sure there will be lots of other people adding idea,s to help you find a suitable parking space

Hope this Helps
Peter Lowry
Vice Commodore
#3 Posted : 07 March 2018 20:29:11(UTC)
Rank: Member

Posts: 19

Hi David
the Solent is a great place to sail, with places to visit what ever the weather, we have been cursing the area for 12 years and still have not been everywhere.
We are based at Ashlett sailing Club Fawley Southampton.
This is a lovely spot with tidal moorings and dry-sail compound.
Ideal for a lifting keel boat that floats on a damp sponge.
Although we have to work around the tide we are straight out into the center of the Solent in minutes.
We drive down from South Northants in 2 hours.
I am not sure of current mooring vacancies but dry sailing should not be an issue.
This is a lovely "self Help" club with economic joining and moorings fees.
There are currently 3 Boats at Ashlett that belong to PSSC
Go on line and have a look at

Happy sailing Ade & Pam

Chris Prowse  
#4 Posted : 07 March 2018 22:29:32(UTC)
Rank: Newbie

Posts: 2
Location: Portchester UK

Hello David,

I am aware that there are moorings available at Portchester Sailing Club. You would have to join the club. Some moorings are half tide and some don't dry at low tide - having a lifting keel gives you more options. You need a tender to get from the club compound to your mooring, I usually row. It takes about 40 minutes from slipping your lines to getting through Portsmouth Harbour Mouth into the Solent - or you can race/potter/stop at another club in the harbour.

The club has all the usual facilities and has training, racing and cruising programmes for dinghies and cruisers. It also has active fishing and model yacht sections. Being situated next to Portchester Castle, parking can become difficult in good weather at weekends. Have a look at the Website

Membership Secretary can be e-mailed at

Good Luck. Chris and Helen
David Ellis  
#5 Posted : 09 March 2018 22:37:39(UTC)
Rank: Member

Posts: 5
Location: Bewdley, Worcs

Thank you all so much for some very useful suggestions. It has certainly given us food for thought and we will let you know where we end up. We look forward to meeting you to thank you in person in due course.
David Ellis
Mike Lockwood  
#6 Posted : 12 March 2018 15:56:57(UTC)
Rank: Advanced Member

Posts: 41

Hi. We have a mooring on the Beaulieu River. There is also a marina and a park for dry sailing. Lovely river! Not sure about prices.

Lucky Devil
Mike Lockwood
Lucky Devil
Parker 325/35
David Ellis  
#7 Posted : 14 March 2018 15:04:56(UTC)
Rank: Member

Posts: 5
Location: Bewdley, Worcs

Thanks Mike. This area seems to be easily accessible to both owners. We will look into prices and availability.
David Ellis
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