We headed off to Whitby the night before in order to get a parking space and to be able to wake up and go without the hassle of a 90 minute drive first to get there. The camper van conversion was almost complete so we were able to use the built in bed to get some sleep before the days fishing ahead. We’d done some research beforehand and decided to use the Whitby Harbour slipway located at the south end of the marina car park. We were lucky to find a space very close to the slipway as most of the car park was full of camper vans and mobile homes here for the bank holiday weekend. The slipway itself is fairly large and wide enough to have two people launching boats at once which is handy as it can become busy at dawn and dusk as people set off then return at the end of the day.
We woke up early but not as early as planned. This was a big mistake as there was now a queue forming at the slipway so we decided to take our time and wait for the queue to subside. This gave us plenty of time to set up our boat. We had with us a Honda Honwave T40 inflatable boat with Yamaha 9.9 hp outboard and all the equipment that goes with it in the boot area of our minibus. We had constructed a box type bed in the back of the vehicle with space underneath it to store the boat setup. This works well but requires an hour or so to set up the boat. As usual I got chatting to other boatmen and fisherman whilst setting it up. Everyone seems to want to talk about boating setups, me included. This added another hour or so to our launch time.
Once set up I went to the Whitby harbour office to pay my launch fee. The office was closed but you can post the fee into the mailbox there along with a note outlining what type and size of boat you are launching, what time you intend to launch and your vehicle registration. The fee was £22.80 to launch (Aug 2017). This includes £8 for parking. We could have launched a few miles away at Sandsend for nothing had I not put my kayak roof rack on the van making it too high to get into the Sandsend car park (2.5m max height).