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Old 25 August 2014, 10:44   #1
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Loch Lomond in a Sib???

Hi just wondering if anyone has experience of Sibbing around Loch Lomond.
What are the costs?
Is insurance required or included in your launch fees?
Is it a worth while jolly??
Never used my Sib on fresh water just fancied something different.
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Hi just wondering if anyone has experience of Sibbing around Loch Lomond.
What are the costs?
Is insurance required or included in your launch fees?
Is it a worth while jolly??
Never used my Sib on fresh water just fancied something different.


You need to register at Balloch or do it online it's not much and you get a set of numbers
You will have to pay to use the slips or if you can manage from a beach it's free. There is loads to go at have a look at tonyt and our trip at Easter this year.
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Hi just wondering if anyone has experience of Sibbing around Loch Lomond.
What are the costs?
Is insurance required or included in your launch fees?
Is it a worth while jolly??
Never used my Sib on fresh water just fancied something different.
Last time I went It was 5.00 to register and get your number, only takes 5 min they check your insurance at the same time.

Definately worth the trip, plenty of exploring to do, loads of islands to visit, would advise you get a chart was 12.00 when I got mine, dangerous rocks, shallow water, restricted areas, speed restrictions etc.

If staying at the 2 campsites on the East side Cashel and Millarochy bay (spelling) they have their own slips, the site at Luss called Luss you have to handball over rocks.

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Last time I went It was 5.00 to register and get your number, only takes 5 min they check your insurance at the same time.

Definately worth the trip, plenty of exploring to do, loads of islands to visit, would advise you get a chart was 12.00 when I got mine, dangerous rocks, shallow water, restricted areas, speed restrictions etc.

If staying at the 2 campsites on the East side Cashel and Millarochy bay (spelling) they have their own slips, the site at Luss called Luss you have to handball over rocks.

+1 for Millarochy Bay site, it's a camping and caravan club site and is spot on for camping and launching a sib, and is a great place to explore the loch from, we went right up to Ardliu and beyond along the river in our sib (and with the rib since) and down to Balloch as well, great place to explore in a sib
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Cheers guys.
I will have a look on Internet at the sites mentioned.
Probably looking at launching doing a tour up the loch and pitching tent for a night at one of the camp sites then make my way back to the car and the launch site the following day.
Don't think the Mrs would allow me away two nights.
She queried my recent motorcycle run up to the North of Scotland and overnight camp which allowed me to walk up Ben Nevis.
She just doesn't get the outdoors thing at all.
I'm sure she thinks the nights I spend away on my own outdoors that I'm shacked up with a buxom blonde in a roadside motel LOL!
Give me a blow up boat any day!
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Hi just wondering if anyone has experience of Sibbing around Loch Lomond.
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Main slipway at Balloch is 15 per launch, or 55/yr.

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there is no insurance included, and none is required - but it is always a good idea.

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yes. beware even though it is inland it can still kick up quite a chop in the right wind conditions. They will probably "invite" you to pay 30 extra for the privilege, this is a voluntary donation and you can decline it. If you do then you will be expected to pay 6 for the actual registration numbers (its worth that to save sorting out your own!)

You will get asked about lifejackets - you must have (L/Jackets or B/Aids for everyone) they aren't strictly mandatory to be worn but the water can be a lot colder than the sea and only last weekend an angler drowned.

Read the byelaws - especially where the speed limits apply: http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/...elaws_2013.pdf
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Poly thank you very much for that very informative response.
It's answered all the things I needed to know / persuade me that it's a worthwhile venture.
Think my Honwave will soon be getting it's first taste of fresh water instead of the usual brine that it's accustomed to.
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Poly thank you very much for that very informative response.
It's answered all the things I needed to know / persuade me that it's a worthwhile venture.
Think my Honwave will soon be getting it's first taste of fresh water instead of the usual brine that it's accustomed to.
there are various threads on here over the years if you search. It can make a very good weekend or even a week, but if you are up this way there is some amazing salty stuff crying out for attention too - and in many ways it is better because its a bit less touristy!
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there are various threads on here over the years if you search. It can make a very good weekend or even a week, but if you are up this way there is some amazing salty stuff crying out for attention too - and in many ways it is better because its a bit less touristy!
yeh, I would agree, but one benefit of the loch being so touristy is there are plenty of opertunities to find somewhere to stop for a brew etc which does help to keep the better half happy, which makes for a happy holiday
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yeh, I would agree, but one benefit of the loch being so touristy is there are plenty of opertunities to find somewhere to stop for a brew etc which does help to keep the better half happy, which makes for a happy holiday

That's as long as you don't get a jobs worth like Tony & I did.
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