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Old 01-04-2011, 04:26   #16
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Re: Hard Standing in Ireland

yes but theres not a decent pint of Guiness to be found in the whole of Carrickfergus!

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You've obviously been on mars rather then experiencing the last two winters then. Both the UK and Ireland had hellishly cold winters recently. And we regularly get periods of below zero weather.

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Huh ? Marinas in SW Ireland never freeze over. Maybe if the gulf stream quits but so far not.

FWIW, I reckon Cork is overpriced.
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Huh ? Marinas in SW Ireland never freeze over. Maybe if the gulf stream quits but so far not.

FWIW, I reckon Cork is overpriced.
The OP is looking for hard standing not necessarily a Marina . This last winter saw air temperatures down below -10 and significant damage has been done to engines etc. Just making the point that the winters arnt that warm and below freezing is not an infrequent occurrence.

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Old 01-04-2011, 09:07   #19
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Re: Hard Standing in Ireland

Why did the Irishman haul out for winter ?














To be sure, to be sure.




Ahem. Moving right along.

Dingle is cheap but no haulout. I could say none is needed but I decided not to.

http://www.dinglemarina.com/

Kinsale has a haulout but costs a little more.

Port Kinsale—Kinsale Virginia, marina & resort on the Yeocomico River

Finally Cork

Crosshaven Boat Yard - Home

Detailed index here but not all offer winter haulout.

Marinas in Ireland, Find Local Boating Information for Ireland, IE Marinas
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Many people use "Ireland" rather generically but to most in the UK it means only southern Ireland. Nonetheless Carrickfergus marina is less than 10 miles from Belfast and its hard standing charge is 1 per metre per month.

Carrickfergus Borough Council - Tourism - Marina - Berthing Charges
I wish I was in Carrickfergus
Only for nights in Ballygrand
I would swim over the deepest ocean
Only for nights in Ballygrand
But the sea is wide and I cannot swim over
And neither have I the wings to fly
If I could find me a handy boatman
To ferry me over my love and I
My childhood days bring back sad reflections
Of happy time there spent so long ago
My boyhood friends and my own relations
Have all passed on now like the melting snow
So I?ll spend my days in this endless roving
Soft is the grass and shore my bed is free
But to be home now in carrickfergus
On the long road down to the salty sea

And in Kilkenny it is reported
On marble stone there as black as ink
With gold and silver I would support her
But I'll sing no more now till I get a drink
For I'm drunk today and I'm seldom sober
The handsome rover from town to town
Ah but I am sick now my days are numbered
Come all me young men and lay me down
Come all me young men and lay me down


In addition, that's insanely reasonable. You could haul out for a year for less than $200 for most boats under 50 feet. Is that the cheapest in Europe, or can Turkey best it?
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In addition, that's insanely reasonable. You could haul out for a year for less than $200 for most boats under 50 feet. Is that the cheapest in Europe, or can Turkey best it?
Northern Ireland's an insane kind of place IMNSHO. I lived there for 30 years, was born in Carrickfergus.

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The first question my girlfriend and I were asked in a dismal bar in Portadown was "Are ye married?" with "married" sounding like "curried".

The second was "What foot d'ye kick with?" I told him "Buddhist" because I had a feeling it would change the subject.

Nonetheless, I like N.I. The people are very friendly to outsiders in a way they historically haven't been to each other. The countryside is similar to that of Southern Ontario, where I live, and in the '90s, they were very, very happy to see tourists. One B&B hadn't had custom in a month.

I would certainly consider overwintering there (or leaving the boat and heading for the sunnier parts of Europe!)
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There is an old, possibly apochrypal, story that goes like this.... back in the 1970s in the early days of "The Troubles", a bunch of people in East Belfast appraoched a hindu temple and knocked on the door. An eastern gentlemen answered and asked how he could help. The leader of the crowd said "We need to know what side you're on. Are youse protestants or catholics?".

The gentlemen smiled and said, "We are Hindus".

"Yes", said the leader, "we know that, but are you protestant or catholic hindus?"

That just about sums the place up. It hasn't changed much, but your obeservation that they treat foreigners better than each other is spot-on, 100% accurate. Foreigners are forgiven almost any indiscretion, after all, they don't know any better......

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Thanks all for your input! Wife has family in the Southeast (Wexford) and in the NW Donegal. So havn't really decided on where to haul out just wondering on what was available. sounds like a lot. It might all boil down on to where the coldest Guiness, Cheapest Powers is!
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