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Old 09 November 2012, 11:08   #1
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2nd Dec. Clyde Cruise

OK, at the moment this is more of a heads up than a concrete plan.
The one thing that is certain is 2nd Dec.


Plan A is to wake some sparrows on the way out, chuck the boat in at Dunstaffnage sometime around 9, then off down the Sound of Mull to finally do the ERR 2012. Just a few weeks later than the rest of you! Depending on timing (if the road is clear I may be on the water for 08:30) then the "plan" is to either head to the end of the Loch, back out & visit Ardmnamurchan or across to Tobermory, or a combination of one or more as fuel & impending darkness allows. May drop into Aline on the way back. May also Launch at Linnhe Marine dpending on the as yet unplanned Saturday evening.
I'd ideally like to be back o nthe road by 6, but as the sun dissappears at 1730, that shouldn't be an issue.

Plan B is down to Largs & either a lap of Arran or head up Loch Fyne 'till midday or the otter (whichever comes first! ) then turn round.

Anyone fancy joining me?
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Old 09 November 2012, 15:42   #2
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I can do the Plan B option.
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Old 15 November 2012, 11:43   #4
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OK, still a 50/50 as to Oban or Clyde at the mo, but I have refined the Clyde plans slightly, calcs based on a crusing speed of 20 Knots:

With a sparrow waking start at Largs, "lap of Arran" has evolved slighty... CCW round Arran, with a stop at Cam'ton for fuel. Then up the east side (possibly stopping at Whiting bay for fuel if C'ton falls flat for any random reason). Thence aim for the West Kyle, and a CW lap of bute, taking a wee diversion into Loch Striven (which I've driven past loads of times and feel I should go see!) and back to Largs for a mid afternoon haul out & be home for dinner* Lots of "get out" opportunities should the weather turn nasty / get distractred by a distillerty tour / trip to the Mull if it's good enough weather / someone needs home for lunch.

*Marital harmony reasons

The Loch Fyne plan I reckon could make the top of the loch with an equally sharp start & a stop at Tarbet / Portavadie for a top- up.


Will post back when things get more definite. Either way, I'm aiming for a half eight-ish start .
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No fuel at Tarbert after 1600hrs on a Friday until Monday morning
Fuel, food, beer and marina good at Portavadie
Good food and beer at oystercatcher in otter ferry about 15 mins further up loch also has good access via floating jetty
On Arran loch Ranza has good access a distillery and a pub with good beer!!!
Might join you if that's ok
What time will you be leaving Largs as I will have to leave holy loch a bit earlier
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Looks like it's the Clyde then with 2 votes to 0.

So, where in the Clyde?

I do ideally need to be back in the marina for 3-ish, so if you fancy the "figure 8 with branches" then probably 8:30 / 8:45-ish, unless instead of heading for Arran first we go north & meet you off Toward / Rothsay?

I realise that might be quite early start for you if you are motoring down from Holy Loch, so would a later start be better? I reckon at 20 knots Inverary should be about 2.5 hrs solid motoring, so even a 9:30 start would get us there for midday, giving half hour's grace for lunch / refuelling. Would be more chilled for me with an earlier start.

How far can everyone go on a full tank(s)? - that may be a deciding factor.
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9D280-is there really fuel in Whiting Bay?
Where is it exactly?
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Would suggest you missout inverarry and stop at otter ferry
for a refreshment or coffee
it sounds like you are in a race
you need to chill
maybe out as well
hope you get good weather
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9D280-is there really fuel in Whiting Bay?
Where is it exactly?
Garage at N55.49830, W 5.09421, nearest accessible beach (~100 yd walk) at 55.49872, 5.09283.

Not useable unless you have a Gerry can / portable tanks.

Edit- .....Assuming it's still open?

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Would suggest you missout inverarry and stop at otter ferry
for a refreshment or coffee
it sounds like you are in a race
you need to chill
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20 Knts? Race?

I don't get out as often as I'd like, so when I do, I try to make the most of it. (Balloch - Drovers & back in the p!ssing rain being a previous example!)

Yeah, Otter was a proposed stop, but as the boat has never been that far up Fyne, I thought I'd show it some new scenery. (and am still trying to work out if it's possible to moor & get to the Fyne brewery without going aground whilst visiting.....)
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