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Old 23 October 2001, 12:19   #1
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A Helpfull Council Official - yes they do exist!

Me again

Yesterday I was surfing the net and ringing around to try and find out details of the slipway at John O'Groats. I have a picture of the slip with that BIG jet boat rib, and now www.boatlaunch.co.uk (most usefull boating site on the net - along with RibNet of course) has the facility for pictures to be displayed I thought I would send details off to Geoff Campbell along with the picture.

So I eventualy find that the slip/harbour belong to Caithness Council. I ring their 'service point' at Wick and explain to the lady who I want to speak to. 'Oh, you need the Roads and Transport Department', she says, 'I know just who you need to speak to'. She asks me to hold on whilst she 'puts me through'.

'Roads and Transport Department', the voice says. I explain that I am after details of the slipway etc. I must admit that I was expecting this to be rather hard work. Well, a very pleasant gentleman named Ian Moncrief answered the 'phone. He answers all of the questions I need for the boatlaunch details and more. It turns out that Ian is a local boat owner (not a rib, but hey, nobody's perfect). Ian went on to tell me of a couple of other launch sites that he thinks are even better and that he uses himself. He even asked me to give him a call when I am up next time with the boat!

Well done Ian , and thanks. So now you know why Caithness will be represented at long last on www.boatlaunch.co.uk

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Old 23 October 2001, 15:10   #2
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Keith, there is a very good slipway at Scrabster. If my memory still is intact it is an all states slip and preety good mooring facilities alongside.
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Old 23 October 2001, 16:26   #3
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Yes. And diesel there in Scrabster is only11.5p per litre.
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Old 23 October 2001, 16:50   #4
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Give them the details:

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Old 23 October 2001, 18:40   #5
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On the subject of helpful County Council officials ,

I am pleased to add Roscommon Co Co here in Ireland to the list.

When we experienced problems earlier in the year with tourists parking in front of the local slipway at Hodson Bay ( No one goes boating in January ! ?!so they won't mind me parking here for the day ..) the local roads engineer Paddy Kenny organised No Parking signs and painted yellow boxes for us in a matter of weeks which instantly solved the problem !

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