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Old 19 November 2008, 08:58   #41
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Hmmmm sounds like there's a few of us going to be having a remarkably similar Friday.....
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Old 19 November 2008, 17:34   #42
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Good news - Renfrew Ferry slipway

Did bit of running about today re the above:

Able to launch from south side no problem - chaps in control room even told me where to park under CCTV/control room window. Just have to deal with SPT's "Risk Assessment" and show them my insurance docs (just got new policy from Porthcawl - 117 fully comp ).

Has anyone used the new "Plantation Quay" yet? Seems it has "secure" key-coded access etc. - free to use too.

Right - now to the lights . . .
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Old 19 November 2008, 17:41   #43
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Did bit of running about today re the above:

Able to launch from south side no problem - chaps in control room even told me where to park under CCTV/control room window. Just have to deal with SPT's "Risk Assessment" and show them my insurance docs (just got new policy from Porthcawl - 117 fully comp ).

Has anyone used the new "Plantation Quay" yet? Seems it has "secure" key-coded access etc. - free to use too.

Right - now to the lights . . .
well done... glad you discovered the insurance issue as I don't normally carry the cert with me. any idea what we need to do for the SPT Risk Assessment?
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Old 19 November 2008, 17:55   #44
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From what the chaps at the slipway said - you're basically taken through the specific risks of launching at the ferry slipway and told "you're liable if it all goes brown n squidgy. . ."
Should get the details tomorrow from the Ops Manager - will let you know, Pol'. Was also told that they hold the ferry at the north side to give you plenty room to launch.

(And that, in the past, all you did was slip the chaps a fiver and they opened the gates to let you launch/recover. . .ah the good old days!)
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Old 20 November 2008, 16:33   #45
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Renfrew Ferry - the saga continues

Okay, here goes. . .

Finally got hold of the Operations Officer, and to use the slipway, they need proof of liability insurance, covering letter detailing purpose of usage (ie leisure or business, dates, times etc) as well as a risk assessment (carried out by the potential user) AND possible payment, but he couldn't tell me what that would be until the documentation was passed to SPT's legal department (got impression though that it would be nominal if anything).
Anyway, am now the New Best Friend of the chaps who operate the ferry and slipway and will be working on the risk assessment over the weekend having picked their brains to pulp Will send you a copy Pol', and anyone else who may need one in the future. . .
Suspect it will be rather easier in the long run once all this is done. I hope.

Now - back to the new lights
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Old 22 November 2008, 07:25   #46
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29th Nov

Had a look at Crowne Plaza and the pontoon yesterday when in Glasgow. I have talked to the various folk and should have a menu and official permission on Monday.
At the moment the plan is to toodle upriver from the various places and meet at the SECC pontoon around 3pm.
Have a bite to eat and a natter at the crown Plaza (pontoon entrance is right across road from bistro and in good sight)
Potter up to look at the lights around 4ish and then back downriver.
Full details and plan will follow early in the week once we have decided where we are launching ourselves, looking for somewhere slightly futher upriver from Dunoon on the north bank at the moment.
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Old 22 November 2008, 17:21   #47
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All going to plan with the exhaust we should be launching from the slip next to Fergusons, probably put the boat in early and have a muck about before joining the convoy up the river

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Old 22 November 2008, 17:38   #48
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I'll post the menu when I have it, rough numbers by friday will be needed to let Crowne Plaza know how many need to be seated as I intend to be seated if possible at the window overlooking the pontoon entrance.
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Old 23 November 2008, 15:58   #49
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Recovery at Renfrew Ferry

Spoke to the Supervisor this afternoon, anyone launching/recovering using the Ferry slipway will need to be back by not much later than 1700 due to low tide and an otherwise hidden step on the slipway itself that would prevent getting the trailers into the river to recover

However, with distance being what it is from Renfrew to the city centre, I won't need an large supplementary fuel tank - but really appreciate all of the kind offers of help
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That may be bad news as the tides are later that day than I was led to believe. The meet times are likely to be pushed an hour later than earlier plans to make sure LW is near when we come back downriver.
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