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Old 03 April 2016, 10:35   #11
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Was going to head to Tayvallich for a few days - but weather forecast has worsened.
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Spot on Billy
Was going to head to Tayvallich for a few days - but weather forecast has worsened.
I was up last week and it was not too good then the Loch was churning up real bad, nobody out. Sad for Easter!!
Never mind am sure we will see you over before to long.
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Old 03 April 2016, 19:27   #13
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>>>With the Guppy stripped to a bare minimum.. I jumped aboard again

Interesting how that little extra weight loss makes all the difference. I once had a hard boat and spent ages fixing a sprung aux mount which took our 3.5 Suzuki. The boat was a pig to get on the plane with a full load... but junk the Suzuki aux and it was fine.

We're trying to slim our load of "essentials" we carry at the moment. Weighed it all today and shocked we carry 42.5kg of kit compared to just having the boat with its outboard and one 10l tank. That's within 1.5kg of carrying another Suzuki 20hp in the boat.
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People on here carry far too much equipment....

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Hi guys..yip..I carry too much too..but prefer over estimating the liquid ballast ..as underestimating it...I can dry out with a light ballast boat.

I will often carry camping gear etc in her..so Im happy going 6 mph and heavy loaded..than light loaded..doing 11mph..and hammering the wee 3.3 outboard.

My plans are for a 6HP ..once I settle into a routing with the Guppy.I want a bit of power for some of the tide races way up north ..that I hope to encounter in this wee boat.

On with this adventure ...

Perhaps at this time.. it is worth noting that beautiful Loch Goil ..has quite a few restrictions that new comers to the sea loch must be aware. The MOD also use the area ..to do sound tests on their fleet of Naval vessels..including the mighty Trident Nuclear powered submarine. I believe the sound tests ensure the submarines etc can travel undetected as they travel the oceans.

Info on the restrictions can be found at this link.

Gareloch and brief notes on Loch Long and Loch Goil [Expanded View] - West Scotland and North of Ireland: pilotage, charts, photos and marine business listings

You will find that there are areas marked by large yellow Buoys that you must not enter..and there are speed limits in place on other parts of the loch. When the submarines are in the area.. red flags are shown on Douglas Pier..which means you are not allowed to use the loch. So saying..I rarely encounter naval vessels there.. but often see these guys.. and you donít give them lip.



There was no sign of Navy activity or even sea police in Loch Goil .. as I made my way down to Carrick at the southern end of the Loch. A welcome glimpse of watery sun warmed my bald head .. as I cruised happy ever onwards.



I passed the range marker that indicates one of the noise test areas. There is a lamp housed on it that shines red or green.. rather like traffic lights. I tend to ignore it though as Im well out the main channel



I keep hoping that one year..I will get a photograph of Carrick Castle without all the scaffolding spoiling its walls.. but its been there a few years now. The small pier is another MOD structure..and red flags are shown here too when the loch is closed for Navy exercises.



Im not sure what these guys were building..but they gave me a cheery wave as I passed.



The view back along Loch Goil..from where I had come..looked stunning in the flat waters and blue patches of sky



I passed more seals sunning themselves on the rocky shore ..



...as I cruised past Loch Goil No1 Red marker buoy..which indicates the deep water channel



On the opposite side of the channel.. Loch Goil No3 Green Marker buoy ..indicated the far side of the channel.



I was now heading for the light house marker on the Dog Rocks.. which indicates the end of Loch Goil ..and the start of Loch Long.



Loch Long is my least favorite sea lochs in Scotland..so come back to find out why

To be continued ...
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Great pics as usual.

A few years back we had several days of glassy calm when based on Loch Duich. Never before or since have we had such long runs at or close to WOT.

Weirdly though we started to miss wave action by the end of the week.
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Hi Gurnard

I'm enjoying your journey making friends with your new boat.
To go off topic.
You're obviously a very capable photographer, and no I don't think "you take great shots you must have a great camera!" but what do you use camera wise?
I'm an slr user but not keen to wash it regularly in sandy salt water so planning to buy a waterproof version. (I claim it would be cheaper in the long run but really it's a good excuse to buy a new gadget!)

Thanks and keep the story coming please
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Hi Gurnard

You're obviously a very capable photographer, and no I don't think "you take great shots you must have a great camera!" but what do you use camera wise?
He's good, isn't he!

I saw him in operation once and he used a sacrificial SLR - not the most up-to-date (he said) but it had the advantage of being there, rather than on a shelf at home.

I have an older SLR that I sometimes bring to sea. A dry box or dry bag and a handy towel have seen it right so far. I still can't take a decent photo though!
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