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Old 21 March 2018, 13:57   #1
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Breaking Ice on Loch Fyne

Yesterday ... I met up with Kaman from this forum and we both enjoyed another great winter’s day SIB’ing on Loch Fyne ... a lovely sea loch almost 50 miles long.

Below is the video depicting our adventure ...which included being an ice breaker boat to get across to Inveraray.

We covered 37 miles and were out and about for 6 hours. I used approx 5 litres of fuel.

Hope you enjoy watching and perhaps it may inspire you to get your own boats out on the water.. So far its been a great season for me. ... in between the Beasts from the East blizzards



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Old 21 March 2018, 14:19   #2
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Great day Donny Hope to be up in two weeks.
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Great vid donny good to see you out & about
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Inspiring as ever Donny.

What dyou reckon the chance of me getting sfb into the water at St Catherines? Look maybe even enough, but (your opinion, no guarantees sought!) would it take the trailer wheels without sinking?? Thanks...
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hopefully this weekend we will get out which day were you out on loch fyne I ended up past fort William on Tuesday and it was a beautiful day seen my first golden eagle at the glen before fort William
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Hi Jambo ..yup the year is getting on..soon be easter ..just wish it could get a bit warmer. Im heading out your way next nice spell.. I have both Loch Sween and a round of Gigha / Cara in my sights now.

Hi Hadd..great to see you around too.. are you ERR’ing this year ? If so..it will be here before you know it...hope its fair weather this year for you guys

Hi breezeblock ...yup it was Tuesday this week. I love that section of water between Fort William and Loch Eil ..its very scenic and almost like a big river. Im hoping to film a few eagles this year ..I usually see them around Ardnamurchan area ..in fact saw four in one day there.

Think there are more sea eagles now than Golden ones as they are as common as crows around Mull. The sea Eagle is a big lazy bird.. and wont fly far if disturbed.. the Golden Eagle will be off for miles if disturbed.

Hi Stevie .. the honest answer is .. it would be difficult on your own without mechanical assistance. Its soft sand and stones at low water.

However I used to beach launch a heavy fibreglass boat all over the area. It would be similar weight to your funyac. I have a small electric winch..costs around £70 now a days.



And put two screwfix wheels on the trailer drawbar.



The additional wheels make it easy to push downhill to the sea.
Then to get it back..tie a rope to the car towbar ..secure the winch to the trailer.. (I had an old car battery to power the winch from the trailer) then let it winch you up the long rope from the car.




This is Minard beach launch at low tide on Loch Fyne..possibly easier than St Cathrines. A 4x4 makes life easy too.



Give me a yell if you want to try an electric winch or meet up for a go on Loch Fyne ..myself and Kaman managed his trailer at St Cathrines..high tide recovery was easy.
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Thanks Gurnard... Those screwfix wheels look to be exactly what I had been thinking around... Normal jockeys are just way too small. Will pick your brains sometime about how you attached them, but defo would solve some of my issues! If you have any pics, or old threads describing your set up you could link to i'd be very grateful. Thanks muchly.
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Hi again Stevie ..the screwfix wheels come with adaptors for different sized axle diameters.. so its easy to source an axle. Think mine is 1” diameter. ?

I am terrible for clambering into skips and taking rubbish that I think could prove useful ..so sourced most my materials for free ... but I had to buy the wheels.

I made this dolly for my boats with the recycled scraps from skips. I wanted it to be small size ..so the axle comes off ..its bolted with wing nuts. You could use a bit of 2”x2” wood to secure your axle to .. if you cant find anything else.



This is it in position on one of my boats ..it fits all my boat.. just required drilling two holes through the transom to secure it.. works great too



But that is not helping your question much ..except I use the axle for many other purposes.. including fixing to the trailer drawbar with U bolts as shown in this photo. The wheels are held on the axle with washers and R clips fitted through drill holes in the end of axles. The trailer is easy to push on a beach as I don’t need to lift and shove..just shove. Jockey wheels are next to useless on a shore as you have found out.



But here is why I love my small 2.75 F Rib.. with a 6HP..its easy to do the turtle walk across any shore.. down bankings ..across fences ..you name it.

A 6HP 4 stroke outboard is easy to carry too... which is why I don’t mind a bit of a slam in chop. Not many can put a funyac on their back ..or carry a 20hp 4 stroke across a rocky shore.

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Honed by experience ....and well built for the Task...(Like most of you're Kit)
With some "Scottish ingenuity" thrown in for good measure!

Nice Job Donny!
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Fantastic. Thanks Donny. I had thought about fitting something like a sack barrow with a tow ball to fit the trailer hitch, but your method is more straightforward and elegant... Although with no steering I might struggle with a dogleg slip! (Eg Dunbar...) Will measure up and go shopping...
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