Originally Posted by Rexmundi
Thanks for the link to Nos posting which gives advice to beginners, there is some very useful info in there for my friend and I.
Initially got interested in the purchase of a boat after a trip to Loch Etive recently, walked along the shore up as far as Cadderlie. To be travelling by boat seemed so much more attractive - granted the water was like a mirror at the time.
Planning on a trip at the end of this month launching from either of the jetties at Inverailort or Glenuig to explore the Ardnish coastline. Can you tell me if a permit will be required to use either of these?
Rex - I've not done any boating on Loch Ailort but it is an amazing area. I spent a new year there last year. I don't remember a slipway in Inverailort itself (but I may have missed it). There was a slip at the Glenuig hotel. No idea who owns it. If it is the hotel then you might need (or want) to buy a pint! but you can probably launch your SIB on the beach anyway.
There was another slipway on the south shore which looked like it belonged to the fish farms.
Whilst I would love to do some boating here (and my boats a similar size to yours - even if not as floppy!) it would not be my choice for my first ever trip in a boat. Here's why not:
(1) its a long way - so you will feel obliged to go out even if the sea is dodgy because you just spend 3-4 hours driving.
(2) its a long way from a chandler when you realise you left behind some silly little part.
(3) there won't be many folks about if you do have a problem
(4) I suspect VHF coverage from a h/held to the CG will not be great
(5) mobile phone coverage is patchy at best
If you are going out in Lochailort - I would strongly suggest you need to be completely equipped, i.e. flares, anchor, vhf radio, mobile phone, paddles/oars, tools, spare fuel, etc etc etc.
Edit: oh and no a "permit" is not required to use your boat in the sea anywhere in scotland as far as I know. Some slipways do charge for the facility though.