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Old 29 July 2008, 06:46   #11
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Thanks for all the responses

1. Polwart. Thanks for the suggestion of Linnhe Marine. The cradle with dolly wheels is very basic and is not designed for launching. The dolly wheels are like furniture casters and the cradle only supports the centre of the hull. I suppose I could get it modified by a fabricator but at the end of the day it may be cheaper to pick up a launching trolley or elderly trailer locally. Do you know of any around up there?
I am not sure if all the trailers in the dinghy park have owners or not, or if any of them belong to Paul. You could give paul a ring and see if he has a way of doing what you want/need. The other option there would be to keep it afloat (he still had 1 or 2 moorings free a month ago, for this season). And then bring it out and store it for winter somewhere else (like dunstaffnage or MRS? at Loch Creran round the corner - which can lift in/out). The pontoons at Linnhe marine aren't intended for long term storage - so its on a mooring - but with a free "water taxi" from the pontoon.

Linnhe marine is a wee bit further north (probably no longer driving time - as its quicker to go up to Ballachulish and then down to Appin) - but it might not suit as it will be a little further away from Mull if that is your plan. they have B&B and self catering on site (well a few hundred metres away) too - if you decided to base yourselves there.
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Old 29 July 2008, 07:28   #12
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I am currently based in Ardnamurchan, just north of Tobermory, and there is no doubt that the area offers great opportunities for RIB adventures. Last week-end we went to Fingal's Cave on Staffa, the Isle of Coll and we climbed to the top of Eigg. There are also lots of sheltered waters for the days when the weather is not so good.

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For a trailer, I would recommend an American trailer which you can buy from King's Marine in Chertsey for £550. They come over with the American boats but are not legal for road use here because they are not fitted with brakes. They last forever and we use one to take our boat in and out of the water all the time.
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Old 29 July 2008, 07:49   #13
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More thanks to all

Polwart. I think I should give them a call and maybe pop in when i go up next month some time. I am not keen on leaving her afloat, anti fouling, security, breaking free of the mooring, etc & etc.

Geoff Thanks for the tips. These trailers from the USA could be an option if I cant find something up there. I would have to tow it up there which my car could cope with if its unloaded and I suppose it would be legal as with no load it would not require breaks.

Lovely distraction but must get on with some work.

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I suppose it would be legal as with no load it would not require breaks.
If it's plated for over 750kg it needs brakes regardless of weight.

You need to check widths too as a lot of the American trailers are too wide to be legal behind a car in the UK.
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If it's plated for over 750kg it needs brakes regardless of weight.

You need to check widths too as a lot of the American trailers are too wide to be legal behind a car in the UK.
...and change the hitch to Metric size!
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...and change the hitch to Metric size!
Good point.

Some do come with metric hitches though so worth checking.
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it may be cheaper to pick up a launching trolley or elderly trailer locally. Do you know of any around up there?

4. Ian W Thanks for the link for the accommodation. Re the launching at Dunstaffnage and a trailer see 1. above. I have however already emailed them to see what they can offer. I had though I would pre book a mooring preferably a pontoon at Tobermory but havenít contacted them to see if this could be done. It looks a busy place on their site. What is the Mish Nish?

5. I found a site for The Old Forge near Mallaig so is it worth a visit?

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- What is the Mish Nish?? The Mish Nish is not to be missed on a visit to Tob ... and try the mixed grill while you're there

- Yes the Old Forge at Knoydart is worth a trip. Phone ahead to see if they have a music evenin g happening
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Old 29 July 2008, 15:04   #18
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Attached are pictures of how she arrived in Spain. Sadly nothing of her in the vehicle itself but you can see how small the cradle is. Gives you an idea of how she will arrive on in Scotland.

Note tubes partially deflated so she can fit into the road vehicle without chafing the tubes.

Also a picture of the trailers the yard runs it down to the crane on.

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Local B&B Garragh Mhhor Steve abd Trish Patterson 01852 300513 are geared up for RIBs
Local self catering accommodation see www.easdale.org

Easdale Island has probably one of the safest harbours on the west coast, it is also home to The Puffer Bar and restaurant
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Thanks for the contacts and the pics

We are up there on Tuesday and Wednesday to have a look round. I have arranged to see Dunstaffnage, Linnhe and Barcaldine marinas. Loch Creran from the pilot book looks a good place to be based especially if we want to do dinghy sailing as well. We have booked a ferry to pop over to Mull and are staying one night in Tobermory. So I'm not sure we will have enough time on this occasion to explore round the Easedale area, but the pics look good. Perhaps we will find the time to pop up again later in the year.

Mind you with weather like it has been lately perhaps we are daft even thinking about moving the boat from Spain in the first place. Friend have just come back having spent a fortnight out there and reported wall to wall sunshine. We had the same back in July. Hmmmm

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