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 ...