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Old 24 March 2011, 10:00   #61
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Can you make my 25 YO boat look shiny & new?
Can't work miracles, but chucking some water over it will make it look shiny for a while
Probably long enough to get some artistic blurred action shots!!
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Old 24 March 2011, 10:04   #62
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Can't work miracles, but chucking some water over it will make it look shiny for a while
Probably long enough to get some artistic blurred action shots!!

Being a rib cruise that shouldn't be a problem!
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Old 24 March 2011, 15:59   #63
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Corryvreckan and Grey Dogs

Tide range Sat 30th April/1st May is approximately 2.0m. This is a mid range tide. Earlier this week the range was 4.0m. Both the Grey Dogs and the Corryvreckan 'work' every day. The 'whirlpools and currents on the flood and ebb tides are totally different. We will be happy to work out tides for the weekend.
We are happy to share our experiences of how to approach the whirlpools and go through the Grey Dogs. Both can be impressive to the RIBster but it is also worth remembering that people do swim the Corryvreckan
Anyone fancying this google swimtrek Corryvreckan

For those wishing to see the Corryvreckan and Grey Dogs from a RIB Youtube has a number of versions including some of Seafari's promotional material
of Whirlpool Specials - tide range for these is arounf the 3.5 to 4.0m
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Thanks but I think I'll stay in the boat! Be useful for an indication of the best time relative to HW.

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Old 25 March 2011, 03:55   #65
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Corryvreckan - Basic Guidelines on Tides

Tide slackens approximately 2 hours before High or Low Water Oban.
The time the tide is strongest we would suggest is around 2.5 hours after High Water and lasts for around 45 mins, From Low water this is slightly earlier as the tide builds more quickly then 'hangs at a steady rate.
Neap tides, action is delayed about 30 mins. Wind and air pressure also affect

Sun 1st May Low Water Oban 1150 at 1.1m
Arrive there say 1230 and 'watch it build

Tide will be heading west. Our advice will be
Do not get involved in the leading standing waves as they build from underneath you and are very steep and the distance between the waves very little.
Stick to the south shore of Scarba within around 50m of shoreline. There is an obvious bay near the whirlpool area which is totally safe and you can rest up here. If you must go out and see the actual action then from the bay head west till you are past the second line of obvious caves before turning south. Our advice would be to find a plate and sit on the top to gather thoughts.
The tide will be taking you west so just move against the tide heading east but no further than that second line of caves.
If there is a strong westerly wind watch out behind for The Great race - about 1km away, Its waves can be extremely large and breaking.

Those using the above advice - please note at your own risk.
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Tony,

Is the bay to which you refer marked "Camas nam Bairneach" on the chart (or the bay to the West of whatever that is)?

If it gets rough can you go west a bit then cross south to the middle of the gulf and then head east through the deep water to the Sound of Jura or is is rough right across the gulf?

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Tide slackens approximately 2 hours before High or Low Water Oban.
The time the tide is strongest we would suggest is around 2.5 hours after High Water and lasts for around 45 mins, From Low water this is slightly earlier as the tide builds more quickly then 'hangs at a steady rate.
Neap tides, action is delayed about 30 mins. Wind and air pressure also affect

Tony, just for clarity, where you say tide is strongest around 2.5hours after High water, I am assuming you mean high water at Corrievreckan and NOT high water Oban. IE 2.5 hours into the ebb tide. Or might even be clearer if you give maximum ebb and flood times in relation to Oban times. So if Oban HW is say 12.00 when are you saying maximum flood and ebb are?

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Work off tides - Oban Times

As my post says work from Oban HW?LW times
So if you wish to see the Whirlpool heading east - ebb tide you leave Easdale 15 mins after HW Oban and you will arrive at the Corry about 15/30 mins before the tide gets underway fully. Neap tides its a bit later

Seafari Whirlpool Specials - depart Easdale 15 mins after HW - run direct to Grey Dogs, Play there for 10 mins, on to the Corry, tide is getting underway and builds. We depart the Corry - best of the whirlpools over around 90 mins/100 mins after HW Oban

Working tides for Fri 29 April if you want the east going tide
Estimation allowing for tide range of only 1.8m

HW Oban 1640
Tide will be building but best viewing time circa 1745 - 1830 or so

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Hope this helps
Quite a lot, actually
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Saw this...

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###BEST VIEWED IN FULL-SCREEN!!###

...and thought of all you lucky gits going to Easdale. Where is the get-together? Is it on the wee bitty island thing or on the "mainland"? Where do you keep the boats at night?
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