There are three very accessible slipways into the River Hamble for use by the public for trailer launching boats, at Warsash, Hamble-le-Rice and Lower Swanwick. In addition there are public dinghy launching sites at Bursledon. All vessels launching into the Hamble must display a harbour dues annual sticker or daily tag, available from the Harbour Office, Shore Road, Warsash.
The most useful site within the harbour for access to Southampton Water and The Solent is at Warsash, where the river-mouth can be reached after a passage of 1500 metres along the 6 knot limited channel. Vehicle access is from Shore Road, via Passage Lane (one-way system) and it is situated opposite the Rising Sun public house. A wide gravel slipway and hard with a shallow gradient reaching to the low water line, it can accommodate several launching vehicles and boats at once. There are good parking facilities with a 4 hour stay car park adjacent, and 7 day parking for cars and trailers entered from Passage Lane. During the summer season these space fill up very quickly. Beware of deep mud alongside the gravel hard reaching up to the road above the maintenance piles.
At Hamble-le-Rice there is a good gravel slipway reaching the low water mark between Hamble Quay and the Royal Southern Yacht Club with maintenance piles on the upstream side. It is approached from Hamble High Street via The Quay, a one way street. A car park is available off the High Street, but parking on Hamble Quay is now restricted.
To transit the river or access the Upper Hamble there is a useful hard for launching at Lower Swanwick, with a small car park including trailer spaces. It is approached along Swanwick Shore Road, turning off the A27 (Bridge Road) on the east side of Premiere Marina. There is a hard gravel slip reaching the low water mark, marked with piles on its upstream edge.
On the West side of the river at Bursledon there is a good gravel dinghy launching area with maintenance piles for larger vessels. It is accessed from Lands End Road, leading from the High Street and Station Hill. Unfortunately parking is limited here.
Although signposted, the old slipways on either side of the West end of Bursledon Bridge are not recommended for trailer launching. The narrow slip running down between the road and Deacons Boatyard is useable for small dinghies and canoes but there is no public parking here.
There are other slipways within marinas and boatyards available throughout the Harbour, These are located at: