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Old 09 March 2010, 14:10   #11
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I've had some email correspondence from the people who organised the original event (and suggested the size limit on boats) - after offering my own boat. They would be interested in larger boats if they are launched elsewhere and brought to Loch Etive by sea rather than trying to launch large boats at Taynuilt.
Note to anyone who doesn't know the area: great care is needed if launching outside Loch Etive and coming up through the Falls of Lora under Connel Bridge. Check tide times, read the pilot book, and remember you have to get back too! Feel free to PM me if you need any advice
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Old 09 March 2010, 15:39   #12
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Note to anyone who doesn't know the area: great care is needed if launching outside Loch Etive and coming up through the Falls of Lora under Connel Bridge. Check tide times, read the pilot book, and remember you have to get back too! Feel free to PM me if you need any advice
Good advice. I used to dive a lot around Oban and the Falls are spectacular but things can go VERY wrong VERY quickly.

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Old 09 March 2010, 17:14   #13
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A RIB with a decent powered outboard that can do 15 knots or more has nothing to fear from the falls. There is a 12m deep marked channel on the south span of the bridge which doesn't run at much past 10knots even on low springs and is clear of obstructions even if the engine failed.
We do donuts in it at any state of the tide for a bit of fun when over diving the SS Breda, going back and forth through the channel playing around and around. Just stay on the correct side of the channel as if you go through the north side you may hit the rocks on the east side of the bridge at low water. Technically you can drive over most of these at HW but I wouldn't recommend it.
Coming back down is no issue either in a decent RIB of the size quoted, just much faster than going up at LW springs
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Old 10 March 2010, 13:03   #14
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Any one in doubt, there is a good description and pictures in the Imray pilot Isle of Mull and Adjacent coasts, also have a look at this website, http://www.fallsoflora.info/
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Old 10 March 2010, 14:45   #15
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Slightly off thread I accept.......... but have a look at this!

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