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Old 22 May 2005, 09:16   #1
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No boy, but went past the buoy!

Well my walking ballast, the boy next door, was unable to be my ballast today.

However the weather was superb, the sea was flat, so I decided to go on out on my own.

The ramp next to my front garden is very handy and with my SIB trailer I was able to launch and recover all on my own. I went out past the Kings Reef Buoy and up to the cliffs at Nigg Hill. The sea really was flat. I switched off the engine and just sat in the SIB and drifted for a while enjoying the view and without a care in the world.

Anyway, eventualy after about 90 mins I made my back to the ramp. The tide was in so I did not have far to move the SIB. The first picture shows the ramp and my house is just to the left. You can see my Pirate Flag flying in the garden. Second picture, close up of said flag.

Third piccy. Looking down the ramp. Fourth piccy, the ramp from my garden. Fith piccy, one the other way for good luck.

When I got back her indoors had some nice filled rolls and a cuppa waiting for me and we sat at the bottom of the garden looking at the sea sparkling and the huge clouds. Perhaps she isn't so bad after all - er indoors that is

Anyway, I know that it's not much of an adventure compared to you big Ribbers but at least I was out there.

Someone asked me just the other day, "so why did you move to Scotland?" As they say if you have to ask then you wouldn't understand.

So, if you are up this way, drop in and perhaps I'll give you a go in my SIB (grown men have shaken at the thought).

Keith (no clocking in) Hart
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Old 22 May 2005, 09:21   #2
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Why did you move to Scotland??? With the sea at the bottom of your garden - with your own slip - no speed humps or cameras - I wonder!!!!

I bet that slip doesn't stay calm all the time though - looks a bit exposed.
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Old 22 May 2005, 09:47   #3
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Looks to me like you found paradise.

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Old 22 May 2005, 11:54   #4
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Looks to me like you have things, just right.... do you think you will ever go rib, a nice winch at the top of the slip to aid recovery, what a location , you are right you are getting out there and doing it
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Old 23 May 2005, 03:22   #5
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Hi folks

Codprawn - yes it is very exposed at times, occasionaly the sea comes into the garden.

Mind you I wouldn't be taking my SIB out in that sort of weather anyway. If it is a bit liveley out there I, for example with an east or south wind, I take the SIB over to Portmahomack on the other side of the peninsular (about 5 miles away) and launch from there. If the wind is from the north I can go to Nigg and use the slipway there into the Cromarty Firth.

If it is too rough for any of those options then it's too rough to go out even in a BIG RIB.

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Old 23 May 2005, 03:55   #6
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Stunning location Keith


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Old 25 May 2005, 14:12   #7
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How do you get the trailer up the slope?


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