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>> Home > Forum > Hobby Chit Chat! > Stanborough Lake.
Stanborough Lake.
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robbob
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Forum Posts: 54
14th May 2017 22:17  
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Hi All.
Does anyone here sail at Stanborough Lake in Welwyn Garden City?
I'm looking for somewhere for the maiden voyage and regular sailing of my 46" Crash Tender when it's finally finished.
I'd like to know what the access and parking is like and whether it's a good place to run a boat like mine.
Also, what's the local model club like?
All advice and suggestions gratefully received.
Thanks.
Rob.


"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"
jarvo
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Forum Posts: 441
15th May 2017 08:36  
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Hi Rob, Not from your area, but, i would suggest you have a look on the council web site for any bylaws of use on the lake.

Mark


Etherow Model Boat Club
robbob
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Forum Posts: 54
15th May 2017 09:10  
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Hi Mark.
That's a good suggestion, I'll try that.
What I really want is the low down from members that use the lake.
Thanks.
Rob.


"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"
Kipper
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Forum Posts: 13
28th May 2017 21:38  
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I would suggest you go along and see them, here is a link to their current events list.
https://wgcsme.wordpress.com/lakeside-meetings
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robbob
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Forum Posts: 54
29th May 2017 12:52  
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Hi Kipper.
Thanks for the link, I had already looked at the site and unfortunately could not visit on the 27th May for their regular lakeside meeting to make contact with club members.
However I had previously paid a visit to the lake on Sunday 21st May expecting to see a few boats on the lake on a what was a gloriously sunny afternoon and found not a single boat but plenty of wildfowl and the lake clogged with weed and leaves. It's a nice big stretch of water with plenty of landing stages around the shoreline and on the wooden bridge that separates the pleasure boating lake from the model boating lake but the amount of weed and detritus would make me wary of making a maiden voyage there.
By contrast, I visited the lake at Verulam Park St Albans a week earlier and, although not as big, had little or no weed, but a few alarmingly large branches were being thrown into the water by dog walkers who were encouraging their pets to retrieve them, but were ultimately abandoned. Sadly no boats were being sailed there at the time so I could not make any inquiries with their owners.
The first 3 pictures are Stanborough and the last 3 are St Albans.
I think I know which I prefer but I would still like to have the view of others who use these lakes regularly.
All responses welcome....please !
Thanks.
Rob.


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figtree7nts
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Forum Posts: 319
30th May 2017 19:37  
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Hi Robbob,

I would use extreme caution in putting such a wonderful looking boat as your is! I think patients will payoff, if you wait to see a better unclogged lake. Take you time find just the right spot for a perfect Maiden Voyage...

Ed.


"Fair winds calm Seas"
robbob
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Forum Posts: 54
31st May 2017 12:41  
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Hi Ed.
Thanks for your words of caution.
Unfortunately there seem to be very few model boating lakes around the area I live (north-west London). Most have been filled in or left to 'go wild' for the benefit of fowl and fishermen.
At the moment the St Albans lake looks like the most promising candidate.
Rob.


"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"
figtree7nts
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Forum Posts: 319
1st Jun 2017 17:29  
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Hi Robbob,

I know what you mean! I have no model boats clubs near me.
The closest one in about 38 miles from me!
There is how ever two ponds close to my home.
There about 1/2 mile in either direction from me.
My problem is there not model boat friendly ponds.
It's a hassle trying to put the boats in the water.
But when you do it's a lot of fun...
hope you get to run your boat soon.

Ed


"Fair winds calm Seas"
Rex3644
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Forum Posts: 7
2nd Jun 2017 18:29  
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Good afternoon Robob have been following your build with interest. If you're from WGC I would suggest you look us up at the Stevenage model boat club. Very wide range of scale boats electric sailed Thursday afternoons from 2.00pm.
Look us up on the website for full details.

Rex3644
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Forum Posts: 7
2nd Jun 2017 18:37  
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Me again I see you live in North London. I travel to Stevenage most weeks from Milton Keynes where we have overpriced and undersubscribed clubs. The journey time is about an hour but makes it an event to look forward to each week. The lake is about 10mins from th A1M Stevenage turn and no weed.

robbob
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Forum Posts: 54
2nd Jun 2017 20:21  
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Hi Rex3644
I had not considered Stevenage as it's a fair distance from me but it should deserve a visit.
I'm planning another visit to St Albans this Sunday morning and then possibly on to Stevenage for a look at the Millenium lake.
Thanks for you suggestion, I appreciate your response.
Rob


"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"
Rex3644
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Forum Posts: 7
2nd Jun 2017 21:03  
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Sunday morning is normally set aside for I/C but I have never been on this day but I do have I/C boats screaming to be used again. When you have turned into Fairlands Valley Park keep driving past the main car park down to the cafe which is on the left. You can park just past this building opposite the Sailing club.
The club use the second lake they have a slipway and rescue boat.
Hope this info is useful and you have a good visit

robbob
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Forum Posts: 54
4th Jun 2017 16:28  
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I have just returned from an enjoyable day out visiting The St Albans and Stevenage lakes with my wife, son-in-law and granddaughter on a sunny and warm day.
I arrived at St Albans late morning and had a very informative chat with a delightful chap called Alan who had finished sailing for the day but he very kindly took the time to advise me of some of the water hazards and general information about the lake and the local club.
Moving on to Stevenage in the early afternoon, the water was quite calm and weed free but there was no boating activity for some while until a chap arrived with a fast electric boat that was astonishingly fast and maneuverable for it's small size. He also imparted some useful information but he was only an occasional user of the lake and not a member of any club.
So, all in all, time well spent for me and the family and useful information gleaned.
St. Albans still looks favourite though 😁.


"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"