I went out of the Exe last sat and it was OK until half way out and the fog just enveloped the boat and vis was down to 50 feet. I carried on and eventually found my way out, set a course for dartmouth, didnt see anything but had the radar on. Arrived in the Dart 4 hours later without seeing anyone or anything. Yes, as expected it clear in the marina!
Northney Marine looks good, or Emsworth, Thornham, or Chichester Marina? Don't know any of them, so any advice would be graciously accepted.
Tried Newhaven for the first time Sunday, hoping the Nor Westerly's would keep the western bay sheltered, but couldn't get past the point. Although their is not a lot happening at the Port of Newhaven and the road leading to the ramp is narrow and needs repairing, Simpson Marine who own the ramp are extremely friendly, helpful and know how to look after their custom. The chandlery is one of the best I have seen too, very well stocked and not overly expensive, as chandlery's go.
I posted a message about your 'planing problem' to PM me your e-mail addy, I don't think it was the number of passengers.
Northney has a good and steep slip. Can be a bit slimy at very low tides if you dont have a 4+4, but you can always just adjust your timings accordingly. Normally might only be one or two queueing, though can be a few more waiting to get out at the end of a summers evening. Plenty of space to get rigged, and park afterwards, but please remember to keep well clear of the slip. Its a real pain when people can be bothered to walk 50m, and dump car and trailer in everyones way ! Some jerk actually clamped his trailer across the front of my boat at the w/e. Watch speed and wash in the harbour. Smaller the boat, more the harbour master seems to pay you attention. At higher waters, you can exit under the bridge and out through Langstone harbour.
one of the best slips I ve used. Let me know if your down that way one w/e.