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Old 29 November 2015, 09:26   #11
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Never been to Cambletown, but I'd always assumed it was a quaint west coast fishing port, I take it I'm a tad off the mark😏
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Old 29 November 2015, 10:06   #12
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"quaint"......no.
But there's a lot worse around the country and really IMO it's more of a working coastal town than a village and probably just suffers because there are so many quaint, pretty villages around the area.
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Old 29 November 2015, 11:07   #13
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Nothing wrong with Cambletown but it's a fair old slog from Largs with four in a 5.5m rib .suggest you stick to the top end of Arran & round Bute fantastic cruising
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Old 29 November 2015, 11:21   #14
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Lochranza also worth a look, easy to get ashore.

You have a lot of options depending on weather, just factor in circumnavigation of the Kyle's of bute at some stage.

Depending on when it is a few of us may tag along too if you want company.
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First things first.
Start by running your idea past the ladies concerned. Unless they're also boaties who appreciate the possible perils & unpleasantries you might find they're seriously underwhelmed by the idea.
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Old 29 November 2015, 15:14   #16
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First things first.
Start by running your idea past the ladies concerned. Unless they're also boaties who appreciate the possible perils & unpleasantries you might find they're seriously underwhelmed by the idea.
What?.... Do you mean with a view to replacing them if they're not suitably impressed.
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Now there's a thought....
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OK....six months later, we did it!!! What an insane time it was . Started in Largs to Tarbert. Over night air b and b. Then down to Crinan. Then down Loch Fyne to a brewery at the bottom by Invarary. Over night there and up to Portavadie . Refuelled there , then down to Loch Ranza. Pint there. Then up the Kyles of Bute in the evening and Around to Rothesay. Again air Band B. Over night there. Then up Loch Striven (?) and back to Largs. 160 miles. 3 days. Brilliant. None of the script above does any of it justice. The weather was mixed but got better over the few days. Largs is great for launching. Tarbert is a simple marina with a few good restaurants. Inveraray has a very good crown hotel but no where to tie up rib. Jetty is very closed. Had to use my deep waders with the wife on my back to get ashore. Portavadie is a very impressive marina. We finished with the Kyles, at 9 at night. Water like glass...just great.
Observations..charplotter is indispensable.Charts are great for route planning in the pub. Using my dividers I measured the route before hand . It was 5% inaccurate. Yam 115 four with Delta 5.5. MPG 1 litre per kmile in the rough, 1.2 litres per kmile on average. Nice cruising speed 22knts. 4300 rpm. 17' prop is very handy as we were 4 up , 100litres of fuel and dry bags for four.
We have four individual tanks running into a manifold with individual taps. We set the Garman trip meter and changed tanks every 20 miles approx. worked great.
Thanks for the great advice all of you. If you want to know more just ask. Nik
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