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Old 16 August 2009, 12:38   #1
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Anybody up for a rib cruise on the Forth! More the better
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Old 16 August 2009, 15:06   #2
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If you want to plan a cruise I think you'll need to give people more details, even with groups of people who regularly cruise together it never really happens until someone says "I'm going to X on the Yth anyone want to come?"

I would suggest you need to define:
Start from where? (if you are cruising from S.Qfy people are less likely to joing you who start in Elie and vice versa)
Going to where? (I think any cruise needs to have a planned destination)
What to do when arriving? (e.g. is it to eat/drink somewhere, BBQ etc, these things might affect who comes and whether they bring wives, children etc)
When? (date may not be cast in stone, but a small selection of dates as possibilities, or even a "month" in mind). If tides etc are an issue for the destination - work this out in advance.
Planned speed? No one wants to be held up by me cruising at say 18 knots (and I don't want to hold anyone up who normally goes at double that). This will probably also give people an indication of how weather dependent it might be (small boats doing 20 knots are less likely to go on long cruise in F4+, but bigger boats that cruise at 30 might be happy in much worse weather).


I think if you define what you want to do - you are much more likely to get people interested.
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I think we should give dates and things to do, as severncoxswain doesn't seem to mind whenever they have the cruise
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Old 17 August 2009, 12:11   #4
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severncoxwain - if you want to jump in at the deep end - how about a trip down the forth (to Granton?) to see the Festival Fireworks (6th Sept 9pm)...

not sure I can make it - but just a suggestion.
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dude, you dont have a boat yet haha, but you could come on mine.

I think the fireworks suggestion is a good one.

Other than that i think we should have a cruise for ribs from 4 meters to 6meters starting at Somewhere up the river, stopping at Dalgety Bay for lunch because it has great food then continuing down the river for a bit.

Anyone up for that?

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Just a thought, but where further upriver than Port Edgar can you launch?

I ask that seriously as I have trawled both the 1:25K OS maps and Geograph looking for Slips nearer my house, but PE is the nearest, and as it's mostly motorway to get there is quite easy & quick to get to. Or would this be tide dependant and there's a slip I've missed somewhere?

I think there's a slip at Grangemouth, but it's in the the boat club on the Carron, so not sure how accessible (e.g Fee per launch / day membership etc, or when they lock their gates at night) for random punters. There's one in the canal, but the lock keeper's hours to get back in might be an issue......
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9D280/Jambo,

There are boat clubs at

Blackness (very tidal, not really any easier to access by car the S'Qfy - but seem friendly enough to pop in for a pint!),

Bo'ness http://www.ufbc.co.uk/ (they use rails rather than a slipway for launching).

Grangemouth which I assume 9D280 is referring to: http://grangemouthyachtclub.com/default.aspx but again its not really public (and looks treacherous!).

There is also a boat yard at Carriden (the east side of Boness itself) http://www.carridenboatyard.co.uk/ which may be an option?

I'm local and haven't found any useable public slipway west of Port Edgar.

The canal is technically an option, but even if it is in the correct time window for the lock keeper you should be charged the standard fee for motor craft using the canal - which isn't cheap.

The clubs are really set up for their members and would probably rather you joined!
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If you want to be go out in even further down the Forth, you can launch at Elie, that gives you a few options.....8 miles to north berwick, 6 to anstruther , 16 to may isle weather preventing.

You have Slip, use of the Sailing Club House, changing rooms/ showers etc. and you will pick up a few more RIBS and powerboats from the Club.

Club has gas fired BBQ - www.eesc.org.uk is the club website, using the club is not an issue.

i have also been asked if i was interested in doing a run up to stirling from aberdour.....that needs planned because of tides...but is can been done and have person who knows the waters, but hes a yatchie and Air draft prevents him...

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i have also been asked if i was interested in doing a run up to stirling from aberdour.....that needs planned because of tides...but is can been done and have person who knows the waters, but hes a yatchie and Air draft prevents him...
I know someone else on here who was keen to do that trip on the right tide. I would be up for it - especially if there was someone with local knowledge...
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