If you want to leave a boat for any length of time, then Penzance is preferable to Newlyn. You only need to look at the number of boats in Penzance now to see - and the harbour masters office overlooks.
When I brought my boat from Plymouth to Essex I got focused on the trip and have regretted since that I did not turn right and visit Falmouth etc whilst almost there. So why not go places that you might not get to. Milford would be a good stop but how about going to the Scillies from there (24 hours due south) before bashing up the south coast.
Orbister - my son has his boat in Milford Marina for the winter for the first time (remarkably near your googled berth). Reasonable as you say - £500 for the winter for a Co32. And he can see it from his office.
Not all who wander are lost
Total distance say 450M.
Assume time available is in long weekends or similar.
Leave boat at 3 intermediate places.
Return home when boat is moored up – by train?
Motor or motorsail 50% of the time.
Safe berthing in marinas or similar - 6 weeks at £20/night = £840
Journeys from home to boat & back for say 2 people – 3 x £180 (?) = £540
Fuel – 225M at 3M/litre – 75 x say £1 = 75
Miscellaneous (e.g. additional charts?) – say £100
Of course much depends on an individual's availability of free time, cost of transport etc.
Thanks to all for your input. The potential boat is a Beneteau 323. I really don't like the idea of transporting the boat back by road, somehow doesn't seem right. As some of you forumites have said, there are costs involved in moving the boat by sea, but really not much different to those involved in keeping the boat at her final destination, getting to the boat to go sailing anyway, and the costs involved in sailing her. There is the huge added bonus and adventure of sailing somewhere different! I'm interested in the free berthing at MDL comment, as I'm with them anyway, at Chatham, although my berthing is currently suspended while I look for another boat. Any more detail on that? Thanks again to all.
Used to be in MDL at Hamble and my recollection was a total of up to two weeks but best to call them and try to negotiate.
My friends down in Plymouth sem to be able to do deals wheras up in the Solent they seem to be ignoring the recession !!
Poole where I am now is more reasonable
On the road v sail debate - there is no contest. We buy boats to go sailing not to cause traffic jams. There are lots of great things to do and see along the way so enjoy
the marinas in Dartmouth are without doubt pricey, but the harbour authority pontoons are really reasonable and if necessary boats can be left for a time but best to make arrangements before just turning up.
Dinner without wine is like summer without sunshine.
Great choice of a boat, we have one and think it’s just great. We bought our on the West Coast of Scotland and had her road moved across to Edinburgh. Thought about doing the delivery via the Great Glen and also via the Clyde canal, but in the end we went for the road move option. The whole process was very smooth and I would recommend the company to anyone without hesitation. Our yacht arrived on time and in excellent condition. It also gives you the chance to inspect the rig before you step the mast and sort out any issues that might pop up.
Another fact that you shouldn’t dismiss is the convenience of get you yacht at your location as soon as possible so you can make the most of her. We are in the water now and enjoy nothing more than popping done on the weekend and potter about, regardless of the weather.
Enjoy and let me know how you get on. There is a lot of knowledge on these forums and the help that I have had has been invaluable.
PM if I can be of any assistance.