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Old 31 May 2014, 03:42   #1
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A Sibbing Sunset with the Gurnard

Now that I have my SIB in the water again, for another summer season off the West Coast of Scotland, I thought I would celebrate with a wild camp on one of my favourite beaches.

Not a single soul to disturb my wild camp experience ... even the midges left me alone. Every picture is worth a thousand words of my rambling.



http://s30.postimg.org/4omivyyw1/sunset_2.jpg







Then it was gone ... did I over do the Arran Sunset Beer and imagine it all ?




Not at all.. my photos showed me it was for real... and for a hair of the dog.. here is a photo of the morning after



This is only a taste of my two day adventure.

If there was an interest ..I could easily share the rest of the journey with you, but you have to supply your own tipple.
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Old 31 May 2014, 03:51   #2
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Stunning, just stunning.....


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Old 31 May 2014, 03:52   #3
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Excellent you should start up a RIBnet SIB magazine. You would do well.
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Old 31 May 2014, 04:10   #4
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Wow, they're some great shots!
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I can just see the first one as a glossy ad in a magazine; the second looks like holiday brochure material.

For the rest, I just wonder which one you're going to have printed on canvas and framed
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Old 31 May 2014, 05:02   #6
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Thanks for looking in guys.. ...its appreciated

And like all pub bores .... I would probably tell you about my adventure.... where there was an interest or not. But first I have to go help my daughter fit a new kitchen.

Hi JamesF... I have hardrives overflowing with photos and don’t print any..but it wasn’t the best sunset I have seen. This was.. two years ago... just up from Arisaig ... so not far from the same spot








I will tell about my journey shortly.. so stay on the same channel.. and remember .. emergency is channel 16
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Old 31 May 2014, 08:25   #7
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fantastic were taking ours up to clachtol beach campsite way up past ullapool on the west coast early august those pics have made me look forward to it even more
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Fantastic pictures. I'm heading over to Lewis in late July. This just whet my appetite for the good days to come.
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My mini adventure started at Loch Ailort on Thursday, but had been in the planning for a while.

Before going to sea in a SIB, I need to know the weather forecast for wind strength and direction, the times of the tides, and what strong currents or tide races may be encountered on my journey.

The weather forecast was looking good.. not gusty winds.. slightly variable though..and a moderate to calm sea..perfect for me.

Tides were great for wild camping. High tide on Thursday evening as around 7pm. This meant I could beach the boat around 9pm.. it would then stay put on the sand until I was ready to leave again around 6am to 7am when the incoming tide would refloat me. The only problem I had with the tide times was I knew it would be hard work launching at low tide during early Thursday afternoon..but I knew I could work round that part

Admiralty charts of the area I was around showed nothing to worry about regarding strong currents.

I was good to go.

Arriving at Loch Ailort.. I discovered around half a dozen kayakers messing around on the old public slipway so decided to beach launch a little further down the loch. I also felt it was safer to abandon my car at this point rather than at the slipway. I often camp overnight beside this road and never had any trouble in the past. I towed the trailered SIB onto the foreshore with the four wheel drive.



The trailer and SIB combined ... are too heavy for me to manhandle across the 100m or so of rocky shore at low tide ... but by pulling the SIB off the trailer onto inflatable boat rollers ... it was a doddle to get it into the water.

I hauled the 25hp outboard on a sack trolley. Notice the way I keep the outboard mounting brackets away from the sack trolley. The trolley and outboard go into a foot deep water... then I just pull the floating SIB backwards into the outboard mounting brackets. When ready, weight on the transom pushes the SIB below the brackets and then floats up inside them. It means I never lift the full 52kg weight of the outboard at any time.



Loch Ailort was still very shallow when I left shore. My fish finder... which has never found me a fish in its life ... is very good at telling the depth. It was around 5ft to 6ft at this part of the loch ... so I kept the SIB at displacement speed. I didnít want to whack the prop off a rock at planning speed.



Once I was half way down the loch and the depth levelled off around 20ft... I happily put her on the plane, headed for the gap between the two islands that mark the end of the loch and the start of the open sea. The island of Egg looked very inviting ..far beyond the islands of loch Ailort.



Once I was out the shelter of the loch... I found the sea was a little bouncy ... so I was glad I wasnít going to Egg. Instead I turned left ... or should that be port ..and headed down the coastline. I kept switching between fast displacement speed and plane speed to prevent the SIB shaking itself to bits on the chop.



I was heading for a remote, sandy point that I know. Its an ideal camping spot and a great base for my adventure for the following morning.



It didnít take me long to do the nine miles to the sandy point. One side of the point points north and had the swell breaking on it, so I landed on the sheltered southern side. I was delighted to find I had the place to myself. I felt the stress of working life leave as I stepped ashore and looked around. Its been two years since I last put foot on these sands.



I can be a wordy bugger when I start telling my adventures..so look back later I will tell a little more of my story.

Until then..here is a few words from Sea Fever


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 31 May 2014, 14:27   #10
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I so wish we had islands to camp onn aorund me. Waaay up North in Seattle Washiington, 16+ hour drive, there is the Puget Sound we will one day visit and tour around in our boat. Of course there are also bears to worry about on some of those islands.

Please share your adventures since some of us will never get to visit the beautiful places you do.
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