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Old 26 August 2016, 05:20   #11
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Looks great Fenlander, a welcome break from the Eastern mud flats and sand banks! Photos are great... and I even spotted a Scottish bald spot I recognise ;-)

We were due to take ours to Devon but the wife changed her mind and it stayed home (grrrr)... hopefully I'll get back out over the weekend in Brancaster.
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Old 26 August 2016, 05:32   #12
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>>>even spotted a Scottish bald spot I recognise ;-)

Ha ha... indeed.

As the wind dropped off more I managed several more solo outings including refitting an 11" prop the Suzuki was supplied with to compare with the 10" I'd changed it to. Even with this light load I only managed to reach 5700rpm with the 11" (20.5kts) and when the family was back in the boat we were reduced to 5300rpm WOT so it seems the 10" is the best overall for the DF20 on an Aerotec carrying varied family loads.

It had been our intention on a settled day to car top the boat over to Carsaig Bay which faces Jura for a quick run over to the island... just to say we'd been really. In the end we were too lazy to take the outboard off the boat and roofbox off the car to enable this so our Carsaig visits were just for Mrs F and daughter to swim.

Several more evenings we revisited the Fairy Isles for a quiet drift and walk about ... truly a quiet magical spot.
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Old 26 August 2016, 05:49   #13
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Thanks BB. Mrs F commented had all the bad days of our two weeks come in just one week away you'd have never bothered to launch the boat. It's not always possible but we've taken two weeks in Scotland for most recent years and it does give more weather chances.

We were lucky our second week was much better with some lovely sunny days. Mrs F and daughter decided they fancied a trip on Venture West out through Corryvrecken so boarded at Crinan pontoon one morning and had a great 2.5hrs out.... £70 for the two of them though. The sea state was quiet but they still were able to get an impression of the tidal effects. From her picture I now have wake envy too.

Despite much sunnier days initially winds remained 20mph+ and we had a couple of very exciting days with a perfect maximum comfortable sea state for a SIB... hard work being bounced about down the loch into the wind and waves but made up for by an absolute blast on the way back.

Powering home one day we briefly stopped and drifted around a small reef in the middle of the loch which only just shows above water... to watch the very relaxed seals from close quarters. As we motored away we met a party on a RIB slowly approaching and exchanged polite waves. Sometime later back on the pontoon with the same RIB tying up nearby I realised it was Jambo! So we were both able to put boats and faces to names. Nice to have a chat and I'm grateful to Jambo for giving me lots of area/cottage information early last year which resulted in us staying the last two years.

Yes David that day is in the memory banks now👍. It was lovely to meet up with you st the pontoon as I had mistaken your sob make at Coffin Rock thus the usual boaters wave. I am glad you enjoyed our little beautiful place albeit the wx was not at its best but that in its self offers different sib challenges for you. We only managed Jura once on the first Monday on my friend's rib from Carsaig it was a great day stopped of at Skervule on the way back. Cheers till next year. B
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Old 26 August 2016, 06:00   #14
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We were due to leave on the Saturday morning so I decided Thursday would be our last boating day and then we'd pack it all away to have a relaxed last day on Friday.

Thankfully the right decision as Thursday was glorious and it poured on Friday which would have made packing the SIB and kit an unwelcome task.

For our last boating day we just trolled about the loch finishing up at the lochside end of the Taynish nature reserve trail. We'd walked this the previous week to see the mixed woodland peppered with eccentric art installations and an exhibition in the ruined water mill. At the end of this woodland trail landlubbers suddenly find themselves stepping out of the trees to a lochside area with a seat and box containing poetry books plus a visitor book for your own words. Another truly unique spot so for our very last moments on the loch it seemed appropriate to carefully nose in through the boulders and sit for a while in the afternoon sun.

The image of the "nest" is one of the Taynish art pieces and the tiny toad in daughter's hand is one of dozens that were about the paths... so many it was hard not to step on them... baby toads I assume.. or a miniature breed?
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Old 26 August 2016, 06:13   #15
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>>>Coffin Rock

Cheers B. Oh so they call it coffin rock... quite appropriate as I could see folks missing that and coming to grief... so little shows above water and round our way there are few hard hazards that rise so abruptly from 20m!



And finally... at last some might say...

We'd prepared ourselves for the scourge of the west coast... bringing a wide selection of anti-midge products. But for the second year running in this area we probably only saw a dozen in total over the two weeks... even in the damp woodland trail they weren't a problem. Odd... but great.

So overall...

Yet again Scotland delivered the perfect sibbing holiday destination.
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Old 26 August 2016, 06:37   #16
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Great write up of a lovely area Fenlander. Im glad you enjoyed it despite the weather on week one.

It was a real pleasure meeting you all too.. Im just sorry I couldn’t stay longer..but as the old saying goes “grass doesn’t grow on a busy road” ..and although Im retired..its been a very busy but fun year for me. Next time we can hopefully get the boats across to Jura

Hope you don’t mind me attaching some photos of the culprit that may have left its mark on your mantle piece. I took these a couple of years ago..down by the boathouse ..and as usual didn’t have a long lens.. so quite blurry crops off larger images.. but hopefully you can see it is definitely otterish in shape.

You need the patience of a Saint (Cormac ?) and some good luck to see them... but they are there.





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Great write up, once we've run out of places to explore in the westcountry I would love to get the aerotec up to scotland.
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Old 26 August 2016, 09:14   #18
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great write up David thanks for sharing your holiday with us its a pity you didn't get across to jura but there will be other occasions i am sure, good to meet up with jambo & gurnard too.

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looks like a great holliday thanks for sharing.( miles better than the 4 days in a tent with 87 mph winds and horizontal rain a rib on a trailer with a busted hub and seas like the surf at bondi beach that our holliday at clachtol turned out to be)
we were booked to go to clachtoll but ended up going to to north ledaig at oban when were you up there
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Old 26 August 2016, 10:35   #20
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We were up from the 5th August for 2 weeks but fortunately missed the worst of the winds at Carradale Bay where we hire a log cabin & the lads stay in a tent.
It's our sixth year having a holiday at that location but due to the east facing aspect means we usually have a safe anchorage for the hardboat and it's an easy roll down the beach with the sib.
Safe swimming is a must for us plus I can let the lads (both 16 ) go where they want fishing.
Had a great day out at Oban with Ronnie Campbell fishing for Skate. Love that whole area but find Carradale gives us the easiest option.
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