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Old 01 September 2013, 03:45   #51
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Was just about to go and test fit my aux then realised that i fitted launching wheels. Doh
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DIY SIB improvements ?

As I have no tie downs I use a simple rope & carribina set up to keep things in the boat!
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Also working on making another seat with storage beneath, and incorporating rod holders into the back seat.
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Im easy to recognise in the Quicksilver Portnahaven.. and I have had many a good night in Tobermory. I was there last week.


Immediate pang of nostalgia - I did several trips on a dive charter boat, the MV Harry Slater, in which we spent nights in Tobermory. Night dives off the slipway with phosphorescent plankton making sparks fly from our finger tips. Evenings in the Mishnish. Trips out to the other islands and dives on wrecks. Thanks for posting the picture.
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Old 20 September 2014, 14:59   #57
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As I have no tie downs I use a simple rope & carribina set up to keep things in the boat!


Hi Jwatson ..I found these marine eye plates from screwfix great for holding stuff in the SIB
http://www.screwfix.com/p/marine-eye-plates-6-x-mm-pack-of-2/22320

Just bolt them through the floor and cover any rough edges of the countersunk bolt head with epoxy to save it chaffing the boat bottom. 5 squid for two stainless steel ones is a great price :-D

Thanks also for digging up this old thread..I made the mods last season and we have now gone through another SIBBING season.. so how did they stand up to use ?

Not a single problem.. even my iron seat brackets protected with rubber tape are still going strong, and I have made no other alterations to the fish box furniture.. it still all serves it purpose well.



Even with the mods there is still plenty room left in the boat for full camping gear and supplies. Yup in this photo..its well laden down but you wouldn’t know it. I disappeared into Loch Nevis in June.. and when no mackerel were being caught anywhere else off the west coast of Scotland.. I was cathing and eating big beauties in there ..none of them wee joey things from the Clyde caught later in the season.



My cameras kept dry in the open easy accessible shelf in the centre console which also houses my fish finder and ex golf trolley battery which powers it for a week. The heavy duty rubber matting came from screw fix too and stopped me slipping on wet fishy floors.



Plenty of room for three adults to fish comfortably too.. the home made seat for less than ten squid paid dividends.. and as mentioned earlier nothing fishy about its fixings either.



Yup.. my DIY mods turned the SIB into my ideal boat.

OK..it needs the trailer as it is no longer dismantled.. but it is light enough for me to launch and retrieve over any kind of beach launch ...on my own...and Im a frail old age pensioner :-D
That is what I wanted from my SIB and it serves me well
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Good idea about the storage space under the seat Jwatson..I like it :-D

It was a great year with weather for the SIB this year and I had many memorable adventures in June and early July. Unfortunately my old mom was then taken into hospital and it was into August before she finally passed on. I spent that time holding her hand..so missed a lot of the season..but I have no regrets.. Hey and my mom was 86 and had a great life .. spending a lot of her time messing around in boats too.

Here are just a few memorable moments from this years adventures.
Because the SIB is now more like a conventional boat..its too heavy to drag up and down the beach every time I want to land. Its not a problem..its anchored from both front and back to keep it getting left high and dry by the receding tide...as shown here where it is anchored in Sandaig Bay in the Sound of Sleet.



It is a very seaworthy boat.. its weight and length of 4.3m ..which helps bridge across waves rather than fall into troughs .. keep it the driest and most stable SIB I have owned. I had great fun one evening at full steam ahead surfing the swell going round Garroch Head on the southern tip of Bute. Who said there was no tide in the Clyde ?



I had a few memorable cruises at very early o’clock on the Clyde..in flat calm conditions.



Rounding the Northern tip of Eigg very early in the morning. The rough bounds of Knoydart made the backdrop.




Yup..it was a good year for me .. but as the air starts to cool .. I now start my other main hobby to keep myself warm. Mountaineering.. I was getting myself fit last week running around the hills north of Ullapool .. and I cant wait until the snows come and I get ice climbing again.

Its great being retired :-D


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Hi Mikefule.. Im glad my photo of Tobermory brought you good memories...I have had a few good nights there too
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