Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?

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Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?

Post by Rae1 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:32 am

We're in Swanage for the RNLI week in August, I'll be making a boat in the 'row across the harbour in your boat made in 3 hours competition'.
Anyway, we're down there for a week, would our WW / general purpose kayaks be ok for Swanage bay to Poole harbour (obviously on a calm day), or should we just stick to inland water around Brownsea?

If they may be OK, where do we find local tide and water condition information?


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Re: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?

Post by pathbrae » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:31 am

It's not the boat, it's the paddler....
Might be stating the obvious here but a "proper" sea kayak doesn't make you any safer, it just makes it a bit easier to cover the distance.
If you have a good roll, can rescue each other in deep water etc. the GP boats should be fine on the sea on a calm day - weather forecast and tides permitting.
So much sea - so little time to see it.

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Re: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?

Post by MikeVeal » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:17 am

I use tides4fishing.

Be aware of very strong tides around the entrance to Poole Harbour. The entrance is also a major shipping lane, and you have the chain ferry to contend with. Inside the harbour the strong tides extend to Brownsea.

Have fun.

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Re: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?

Post by TechnoEngineer » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:25 pm

The harbour is very exposed to wind; anything above a F4 is going to be a hard slog.
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