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Old 02 August 2010, 11:43   #21
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Originally Posted by astra View Post
Yes upgrade time thought i would go for something a big bigger,its me new zodiac 340s and a 15hp mariner.hopefully she be nice.
Nice purchase Astra, that was the way to go, that's why I always recommend new boaters if having available storage space to buy at least a 320 + size with 15 HP, smaller sibs/engines sizes are real toys with whom you will get performance of frustration & bordom very quickly.

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Old 02 August 2010, 12:18   #22
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Small SIB

Fair point, but depends where you are going to be using it, unless it's offshore you can't do any speed really.
We use ours on the canal, the river, and lakes. Maximum speed allowed varies but is at most 10mph.
We also needed a boat that was easy to carry and move about.

What's the speed limits on Scottish Lochs?

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Old 02 August 2010, 17:34   #23
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Originally Posted by lightning View Post
What's the speed limits on Scottish Lochs?
It depends!

Sea Lochs (e.g. Loch Fyne; Loch Long; Loch Sween; Loch Sunart; Loch Melfort and numerous others which are all accessible by SIB) - can be quite sheltered but are still the Sea so generally there is no speed limit. In some cases there may be a very local speed limit with a harbour area - but none I can think of which will restrict your sibbing fun.

Inland Lochs - whilst there are loads of these only a small proportion are routinely used by powered craft (except for maybe the odd angler) - the most obvious ones are: Loch Ken, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Tay and Loch Awe. I may have missed some others where a SIB would be welcome (but the rights of access which allow us to walk/cycle/canoe/sail 'almost anywhere' do not apply to powered craft).

Loch Ken - most of loch 10 mph (except water ski area).
Loch Lomond - most of loch 56 mph, some other areas (mostly 150m from shore) 6 mph.
Loch Ness/Lochy/Oich (which form part of the Caledonian Canal) - no limit - canal sections between loch has limits.
Loch Tay - as far as I know - no limit - but there may be some voluntary code?
Loch Awe - 10 knots, 5 knots close to shore (may be voluntary?)
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Old 03 August 2010, 04:00   #24
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You forgot Loch Earn!

There's a chunk at each end (round the watersports centre and the river entrance respectivley for obvious safety reasons!) have a 10MPH limit but rest of the loch is free reign.

Loch Lomond

I now can't find the Loch earn leaflet / map on google. If the other stuff that comes up on t'net makes you want to go there for a trip, let me know & I'll post the PDF I saved. (not on the memory stick at the mo, so can't just paste now!)

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