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Old 05 April 2016, 04:25   #21
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Thanks again for looking in guys.

Iron Dials..Willk is correct ..I normally use a Canon D70 DSLR as I need to get high ISO numbers to get a steady shot in a moving boat. However I also use a small Sony RX100III which took all these photos.

Although it is a compact..it has a larger sensor size (and price) than common compacts..which I donít rate for sea shots.

If you want good sea photos..you are best to use an expensive camera.. but I tend to think that is what the camera is for.. not to keep in a safe environment. So saying..I have lost around £3000 worth of various camera gear in the past 10 years. Not a high price for my main hobby..and I have recovered that cost by selling some photos .. so I have no problem with a DSLR in a small boat.


There was not a breath of wind at the junction of Loch Goil and Loch Long ..which are both deep water sea lochs. I often see a pod of porpoise in this area and though I saw them break surface several hundred yards away..but they move fast and only appear momentarily..so I could have been mistaken this time.



from here..I could either travel south towards Glasgow and the Clyde ..or head north towards the head of Loch Long. As I watched .. I noticed the Naval Interception vessel which patrols the Nuclear Sub Base of Coulport ..was also watching me and was now coming towards me. They have had a lot of protesters cause problems from the water..so they tend to check everyone...small boats included.



I was enjoying my day..so decided to go north instead. Its was the lesser of the two evils for me on this beautiful day. I only had to ensure there were no Super tankers leaving their berth at Finnart Oil Terminal...which could swamp me with their wake.



The tanker looked as if was going to be there for a while ..so I cruised up at a steady 6 mph. A wee breeze was now rippling the water nicely..the Guppy didnít notice it though..she was on rails the whole day.



I landed on the opposite side of the loch from the oil terminal ..because...



I wanted to see if anyone was around a wee house that I sometimes stay overnight. Its a bothy that anyone can use..but its not a busy place. It was empty..so I only stayed moments ..before setting off again.



This time I headed back to Loch Goil..and landed on another stone beach where it meets Loch Long. I scoffed the rest of my luch..then like a huge lizard in the sun..spread myself across a large flat rock..and fell asleep. I was a very contented man..in my solitary sea heaven.



When I awoke..I sensed a change in the weather..so started back to Lochgoilhead. The loch started to ripple so I tried the Guppy again at WOT..this time she reached 11mph on the plane..into the waves. I presume the waves helped unstick her bow from the water surface.



By the time I landed and packed the Guppy back into the car.. the flags were flying straight out..and the rain was coming over the hills again. Not that I cared.. I had a wonderful maiden voyage ..spent 7 hours between launch and recovery in some fantastic scenery..travelled approx 20 miles by boat..and used 4 litres of fuel.



So if this kind of adventure floats your boat.. and you are wondering which SIB is best for you.. you could do far worse than getting a Boat in a Box (F-Rib).. I thoroughly recommend them.

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I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gullís way and the whaleís way where the windís like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trickís over.
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Old 05 April 2016, 04:44   #22
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Thanks again for sharing yet anther great adventure
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Old 05 April 2016, 05:30   #23
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+1 ! Gurnard you have a wonderful way with an illustrated story .

Brought back some very happy memories of cruises with Dougie , Brian and co. ( Scotribs )

Please keep up the excellent work.
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I'm an slr user but not keen to wash it regularly in sandy salt water so planning to buy a waterproof version
have you looked at the Pentax K5 or K3's, they're water resistant rather than water proof, they also do a good range of water resistant lenses, worth a look, we've had good results with ours so far, and seems to be have been reliable so far

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Old 05 April 2016, 08:14   #25
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That Bothy looked cool. Who looks after it and who keeps it well furnished. I can't help but feel if that was in Ireland that all of the stuff would have been stolen and some gob shite would spray paint on the wall "Damo woz ere"

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Brilliant read! Thank you!
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Old 05 April 2016, 10:15   #27
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That Bothy looked cool. Who looks after it and who keeps it well furnished. I can't help but feel if that was in Ireland that all of the stuff would have been stolen and some gob shite would spray paint on the wall "Damo woz ere"

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Watch and enjoy ... the bothy I showed here ..is in the area..but to protect it from the hooligans ..I have slightly altered its location. The bothys are generally too far for the vandals as they dont like walking..but sadly..some are vandalised on a regular basis



Thanks to everyone for their kind comments..and you can be certain..there will be more Guppy and Gurnard adventures
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But who pays for the upkeep of the bothys?
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Cracking first trip gurnard looks like a very worthwhile investment thanks for sharing.

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But who pays for the upkeep of the bothys?
It depends! There are a few dozen which are maintained by the mountain bothy association (MBA). They are an entirely voluntary subscription organisation which looks after bothies with the agreement of the land/building owner. Volunteers do the work so they are mostly just buying very basic materials to keep them water tight etc.

Mountain Bothies Association UK - bothy and shelters in Scotland, England and Wales

The MBA used to keep its bothy locations secret but in the internet age that is impossible so they try to rely on education and difficulty of access to protect them. Most are in areas that take several hours to walk to, and might well be found occupied which makes it an extreme activity to plan ransacking.

Some other bothies are maintained by land owners (estates).
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