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Old 09 September 2016, 14:36   #11
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125 hrs on the Ribcraft I bought in May, about 100 hours on the Tornado between 1st Jan and end April when I sold it. Remind me I must get more of those WD40 supplements to stop me going rusty

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Old 10 September 2016, 03:50   #12
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So far only about 5 hours, hope to clock up some more before the year ends or the sib ends up for display purposes only. Great photos Gurnard, you've been busy.. Sound of Mull looks interesting, was that wave in a regular pattern or a one off?
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Old 10 September 2016, 04:52   #13
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The waves were fairly regular Yabadabadoo. It was gusting Force 6 ..and wind against tide scenario. Possibly around 5 or 6 feet high at times.. you can see one coming up behind me in this photo..the wide angle lens tends to reduce their height though. There are rounded ones just as large between me and the one breaking..but cameras tend to flatten the sea unless they are ready to break.

I was going with the waves so it was enjoyable..but had to sit just behind the crests in case they broke and I went crashing over the tops.

My original plan was to cross the sound at this location to get to Tobermory for supplies ..but decided to keep going with the wave direction.

Simply because the waves donít look as bad from the back of them.

I didnít take any photos in the real rough bits as I didnít want to risk getting my camera soaked..its not waterproof. Eventually I pulled over to wait the waves to diminish ... dried myself off in front of a big fire .. gulping tins of cool Guinness to keep warm..while watching the sun set over Ardnamurchan point. It was a hard days work ..but another summer memory I will never forget.

And though I have spent a lot of time on the sea this year.. you can take some consolation ... in the fact that I have not earned a penny.. although I have possibly ... only spent all summer.. around what you guys earn in a week
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Old 10 September 2016, 12:38   #14
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I'm not sure how many hours I've been out for but I've had brilliant trips to knoydart, skye, glenuig, handa island, mull and iona. The frib has been great and it's the best 2k I have ever spent. And here are some photos.
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Old 10 September 2016, 12:44   #15
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I'm lucky enough to be on a career break so I've had the luxury of going away with the boat whenever the weather is good. I'm sure I'm baised but I think the west coast of Scotland must be one of the best places in the world to have a boat. It's fantastically remote and has amazing beaches and coastline and of course the tides and sometimes rough seas can give things an edge
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Old 10 September 2016, 12:46   #16
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Donny those waves look big, we had similar weather going round the north side of the ross of mull, I wouldn't have been keen to be in anything much bigger and my girlfriend was pretty scared at one point !
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My 30 hours is sounding part time in comparison now! Mind you in the context of working a 65 hour week and a family who don't always want to go boating it's not bad.
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Old 11 September 2016, 03:49   #18
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About five hrs this summer I hope to double it on Wednesday as I have my outboard back together now
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Originally Posted by The Gurnard View Post
One of the perks of being a full time adventurer is ... I am on the water every day possible.

I have no idea how many hours that has been this year.. it could be anything between 400 and 600 ..or I could be totally wrong in that estimation altogether.. as hours mean nothing to me.

I started in Early March and have probably being at sea an average three days a week . Sometimes more..but seldom less.

Sometimes I go on my own..sometimes with kayaking friends.. sometimes other Sibbers. Day trips or multi day trip..the longest this year lasting a week at sea...I boat and camp as I go. Possibly eaten more mackerel in the past two months than the average seal too.

I attended the Ribnet Scottish SIB outing and have just returned from the F Rib & SIB Scottish SIB outing. Have met in person around 25 members for both forums and boated..partied and fished with them. You guys know who you are ..and Im sure you will agree..we all had a ball ..and didnít count hours then either

For info only ..

Furthest North I got this year was Loch Laxford ..way up near the top of Scotland

Followed by the Summer Isles and Ullapool area

All the islands to the North east of Skye ..example Rassay .. Rona ..Pabay .. Scalpay ..Longay ..Crowlins .. not to mention 2/3 way round Skye itself

Mallaig and Arisaig area in a heatwave of 26 degrees C March !!

Many sea lochs around that area..example Loch Hourn..Loch Nevis.. Loch Eil .. Loch Linnhe .. Loch Leven ..Loch Ailort ..Loch Sunart name a few

Parts of Mull..including the Sound of Mull

Iona and the Ross of Mull

A lot of the Firth of Clyde including its sea Lochs ..example Loch Fyne ..Loch Striven..loch Long .. Loch Goil the Islands in the Clyde.. Bute .. Great and Small Cumbrae ..Arran and Ailsa Craig

I have not done much in the Mull of Galloway area yet..but heading down that way next week

However I have done parts of the Solway Firth ..which is the furthest south I have been this year

Most ..but not all locations ..have been in my 9 foot long F Rib powered by a 6hp four stroke.

Perhaps I will join in the missing dots and lines around the west coast of mainland Scotland this year.. perhaps not..Im in no hurry.

It is just great being retired... and knowing ..time means nothing.

PS was lumpy at Ganavan Sands today..but fine in Loch Leven and Loch Etive.. tomorrow should be ok too However it was very heavy rain at times

Hi Gurnard,

Sorry to go off thread but do you know is wild camping an option around the Mull of Galloway? Weather permitting Im planning a trip there third week in Oct to do some sibbing, fishing & camping. Cheers.

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