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Old 18 August 2008, 13:14   #1
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Ardersier

Has any one used the slip at Ardersier in the Moray Firth ?? If so what state of tide can it be used
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Old 18 August 2008, 13:50   #2
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Hi there

Haven't used it myself, looked it up onBoatLaunch (www.boatlaunch.co.uk) and it mentions it is 1/2 tidal. Sorry I can't be any more help than that, hopefully someone nearer to you can chip in
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I cant shed any light on what ardersier is like but i am surprised it is only useable at up to half tide given the comercial nature of Ardersier. You may wish to try calling ahead however as the last time i tried to go down for a nosey at the development I was turned away at the gate due to he work taking place. From what I have seen on the web, the new marina loks set to open in 09

If you are looking to launch at this end of the Moray Firth I can reccomend Findhorn Marina in Findhorn (no vested interest its just where i keep my rib). The slip is useable at pretty much all states of tide although you cant necesarily get out the bay at any state of tide!

Its also a little bit closer to you coming through from Inverurie and has good facilities.

have a look at www.findhornmarina.com
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Old 19 August 2008, 14:53   #5
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What I like is to is get into Loch Ness, hoping to meet up with some guys that are going round Britain in a rib their original plan was to go right round the top, but bad weather has forced a short cut through the great glen.

If any body knows of somewhere closer to Loch Ness I would appreciate it, I have tried Caley Marina they want £20 to launch and £30 to park the car and trailer, cheap at half the price. Does anybody know about the slip at Dores the reports donít sound good.

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do british waterways not have a slip at the end of the canal?
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which end??
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which end??
I'm fairly sure there are slips at both ends. If you hang on a minute I'll get up off my fat ass and go and check the BW chart thingy.

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OK here is what it says "A slipway is located at Caley Marina, Canal Rd, Inverness. Access and use should be arranged directly with Caley Marina, telephone 01463 236328. A British Waterways slipway suitable for small shallow draft vessels is located at Tomnahuich. Customers wishing to use this service should contact the Canal Office to arrange access.
Small craft may also be launched on to Loch Ness from the beach at Dores, and from a shallow slipway at Inchnacardoch near Fort Augustus"

I spoke to BW about a year ago about a possible trip and they certainly implied it was possible to launch and recover easily at both ends (4m boat). Not sure if they meant via Caley though - as I haven't got as far as executing the plan yet.
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Thanks for the gen I am going tomorrow so I will post as to how I get on with pics hopefully.
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Thanks for the gen I am going tomorrow so I will post as to how I get on with pics hopefully.
if you read this in time - then I just checked boat launch and there is the lifeboat station slip at the north of the Kessock bridge which is £5/day
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