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Old 05 May 2019, 03:40   #1
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Mull of Galloway overfalls by SIB

April was a very busy boating month for me and I spent more days on water than on land. The first day of May was no different as I met up with my brother and a friend to go round The Mull Of Galloway and have a play in the overfalls that the strong tides produce. Its only suitable for a small boat on an absolute flat calm day .. and even then Im not sure I would want to do it three hours after slack water on a spring tide ..however it was very enjoyable on this journey.. hopefully the video tells my story better than words can.



The following day was gusting to F4-5 and I had a rougher journey going from Ardwell to Port William by crossing the 15 mile open stretch of sea of Luce bay..but thats a story for another day.

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Nice one Donny you'll be growing gills soon all that water time cheers
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donny Iíve launched ribs at port Logan full of divers that brings back good memories
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Watched it this eve on the TV .... Loved it Mate��
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Old 06 May 2019, 09:12   #5
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Thanks for stopping and commenting guys ..its appreciated.

Im not sure of growing gills Jeff..but the soles of my feet are more wrinkled than old prune skins.

Its not too long until Oban time too guys and Im looking forward to that Big Time

I found some time to make the video of Luce Bay..which was the day after going round the Mull. It was a hard slog into heavy seas for a small inflatable.

I have added it so that other SIBíers can see that on long multi day trips..there are many bumpy rides as well as tide races off the West Coast of Scotland. Weather changes quickly and you often have to change plans or stop and wait for tides to change direction. It took us most the day to travel the 35 miles round Luce Bay. To continue round the Burrow Head tide race to the Isle of Whithorn would have been suicidal in these conditions ... so plans have to be flexible too.



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The return leg definitely not for the faint hearted Donny makes the old bones ache on a full day.
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Cracking video Donny.
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hi that was a nice b video Donny enjoy both of them I hope you have recovered from your outing I never seen the fishing rod out I thought you would have been fishing when you're done at that neck of the woods cos I've got some lovely fish down there at the moment
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cos I've got some lovely fish down there at the moment
Glad you like the videos HH. Are the mackies in yet as I wasnít expecting them this early but its been a mild winter so anything is possible.

Any chance you can put some photos and your thoughts of your new Highfield on Ribnet as I know some folks are interested to hear how your new boat handles .. or are you still using the old Honwave ?

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Hi Gurnard sorry to say the Honwave T40 has gone and been replaced by the 380 as you know unfortunately I have been off with severe back problems and i'am grounded for the next couple of weeks hoping to be back to sume kind of fitness just shortly that has been around three weeks now and I am chumping at the bit to get going boat is ready but back not quite there don't want to rush to quickly and be back at square one again or that will be my boating season finished for the year if that happens so slow and easy for now but your video and a wee spot of fishing keeps me busy
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You get the prop sorted then Ali
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Hi Jeff yip I will post a comment on that subject in that post tonight and I hope Ur En is running smoothly for now
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Yep another great video Donny ( Mull of Galloway ) , but would you mind repeating it on a clear day so we really get to enjoy the scenery ?
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Thanks Bern, glad you enjoyed it despite the fog. I do intend returning as I want to see what I missed too.. and when I do .. I will try to time it so the Crammag Head race is running this time. It comes alive on the flooding tide. I took my brother Douglas along as he knows the area better than I do and often kayaks the races there. Its not until you see a recognisable object in the overfalls ... to give a sense of scale Ö that you realise how big some actually are.

This photo of his shows a kayakerís head and shoulders below a towering wall of water.



When you are there in person .. you know there is a tremendous amount of power in the tides ..and it can feel very vulnerable if not taking care.
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