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Old 17 March 2016, 13:45   #1
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Hey..I managed to get my first adventure of the year in guys.

It was tropical at Arisaig .. for three days ..temperatures hitting 17 degrees C .. no wind .. wall to wall blue sky and turquoise water .. unheard of in mid March for Scotland ..so I had to make the most of things.

Met up with some kayak mates also keen to make the most of the glorious weather ... so I only took my wee Seago Slat floor SIB. I like to match my SIBs to my needs..no need for the heavy weather 4.3m quicksilver this week



For the geeks amongst us.. it used 5 litres of fuel and covered 25 miles ..cruising on 1/3 throttle and around 3 knots.



My wind assisted padding pals managed to beat that ..they used a zero carbon footprint to cover the same distance.



It took us two days to cover the 25miles.. simply because at every sandbar / beach.. we stopped to refull our aging bodies. ...



with Jura Superstition lubrication .. it took almost two bottles to cover the first leg of our journey



Which had the hallucinogenic effect of making us believe we were in one of the most beautiful places on the planet



It got a bit rough on the open crossing of the Sound of Arisaig .. but it was the lubrication that was upsetting my horizons ..and not my flat slat floor slamming chop



So we stopped off for some beer in the Glen Uig Inn ... where we swapped stories late into the evening.

We all agreed..that the best boat in the world ..is the one you have most fun in... sharing the experience with great friends ... and giving pleasant memories long after .. in colder days of winter



We stayed overnight in the Inn and returned to the launch point next day .. as dry as bones.

Yup... The memories of my first outing this year..will last me a long time
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Old 17 March 2016, 14:12   #2
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Excellent gurnard great weather the small SIB spot on for this trip with the kayaks hope there's many more to come this year.

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Old 17 March 2016, 14:59   #3
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Absolutely superb one of my favourite places on the West
Also washed down by my very fav malt could not be better for me
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Old 17 March 2016, 15:07   #4
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Thanks Jeff..and I hope we all have a great season this year

Thanks Jambo..I did think of you when my mate brought out the bottle..I know its a fav tipple of your too..a great boating season to you too
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Old 17 March 2016, 15:16   #5
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Don't worry about your carbon footprint - I bet the Paddlers consumed more fuel to power themselves !
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Great trip!
That's it, my QS2.3 is set for some adventures this summer!!.
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Old 17 March 2016, 16:00   #7
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Don't worry about your carbon footprint - I bet the Paddlers consumed more fuel to power themselves !
I bet not poly just noticed they had sails a great way to kayak
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Old 17 March 2016, 16:26   #8
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Thanks Poly.. yup..my carbon footprint wasnt the biggest..the breakfast chef burn the toast and caused a real fog ..he was on the grave as well

Thanks Mollers.. if the weather continues..you should come soon.. not a midge in sight as its too early for them. Jura is a great midge bite soother ..even when they are around

Jeff.. the traditional kayaks of old had sails.. they are find their way back onto many kayaks now. ..easier to sail than Polys old Wayfarer

Kayak with sail..in the middle of the Sound of arisaig open crossing.

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Cracking stuff as ever Gurnard.
Those pics certainly whet my appetite for getting the Sib on the water.
Unfortunately I'm nursing an injury at present.
Was passenger in a work van on the motorway when a tyre went boom!
After snaking around we ploughed into the crash barrier.
No one else involved or seriously hurt but got a hell of a fright.
Hoping things ease up soon so I can get back to normal.
Relishing the thought of getting back in the Sib even more after this post.
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Old 17 March 2016, 16:33   #10
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Wow..sorry to hear that Kaman.. get back on the water soon. at least the Seago slat floor is light in weight for carrying etc
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