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Old 01 June 2009, 07:14   #1
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Blocked slipway

Not sure where to post this but............

Our club had it`s annual trip to Glenuig this weekend staying in the Clanrannald hotel. Anyway gets up 7.30am Saturday morning, have breakfast and arrive at the slip at 9am with 2 Ribs to find a trailer tied to the end of the slip. Found the owner of the trailer rowing back from his yacht (small wooden thing, nothing to be proud of). Asked him if he was recovering his "yacht" and he said "yes at high tide". Now high tide was at 12.30 but he said he needs his trailer tied down at lowish tide because it floats.
When we explained we wanted to launch as we were hoping for 2 dives, Bo Fascadale and Eigg harbour wall and had to recover our ribs by 15.30 he told us he needed to recover his boat and it was a public slipway.....

What are the rules on this if there are any?

Any ideas how this ended...........?
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Old 01 June 2009, 07:21   #2
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I'd have moved his trailer as he pointed out its a public slipway not his!
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Any ideas how this ended...........?
Yep you helped him by moving his trailer
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Old 01 June 2009, 08:12   #4
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Wow - everyone is so polite . I would have asked nicely once - then proceded to remove his trailer no matter he said while telling him in no uncertain terms where he can stick he trailer while he waits.

I think there were shades of this situation around most of the country this weekend - definatley near me it was most entertaining. I was just glad my boat was no where near any of it.

Nothing like the smell of burning clutches, burning tyres and the noise of 'helpful' kids whose parants just swear & shout louder at them while knocking back another can of lager at 9 am !
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LOL, sounds like out here and a public launch is to launch not stay in it. We have people at our public launch who use the dock as their own untill several of us ask once politely to move on. Ribs are very rare around here and get mistaken for coast guard or police patrol so if I show up they usually move pretty fast.

If someone was to do the same as this guy you mentioned out here the police would have his trailer removed at his cost and given a fine.
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Over here the police would arrive clutching risk assessments, arrest the complainant as he had viloted the human rights of the guy who wanted to block the slip, during this procedure they'd probably caution him under the anti terrorism laws take a DNA swab and reccomend he be placed on the sex ofenders register. Should they even speak you can bet you'd witness use of; taser, CS spray, maybe even a notebook would come out so it can be altered later....

Cynical? Moi?
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DON'T GET ME STARTED!

I was just sitting here, having cup of tea with a nice young lady, discussing how some people have no consideration for others when along came this thread....

DON'T GET ME STARTED!
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The question of whether the trailer floats or not would have got the better of me I am afraid
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Well this is what actually happened...........


He was faced with 12 hairy arsed divers (2 of which were women) and he was on his own. We told him that "it was not convenient for him to leave his trailer on the slip and that he should remove it" (or words to that effect). He caved in and started being nice (basically because he had little choice). At this point his trailer was going in one of two directions.

He pulled his trailer from the slip and we launched our ribs. Now because we are a decent bunch of people we then repositioned his trailer at the end of the slip and put divers in to resecure it. This however cost us an hour out of our tight schedule (bad at the time but fate had a hand to play).

We waved farewell to our trailer friend and headed off and dived Bo Fascadale however with the sea picking up and time running short we decided to do our next dive closer to home. With 6 people completed their second dive we head back to the slip with 1 rib at 30 odd knots only to find we have missed the tide and cannot recover the rib.

Waiting on the other rib returning and contemplating plan B we see the coastguard coming down the hill with Blues and twos going. Pulls up at the top off the slip, runs down and tells us they have had a phone call saying their is someone on an upturned hull in Glenuig bay and can we help.

We oblige, dump some gear and 2 divers on the slip and head off out into the bay to see a waving figure in sandals, shorts and a tee shirt standing on the hull of a upturned wooden sailing dinghy. Mast has snapped so gets him aboard and tows his wreck to the slip.

Now then if it wasn't for the "good samaritan" blocking the slip in the morning we would have been packed up and gone then what would the looney on the shipwreck have done? Every cloud................


Anyway we had to moor our Ribs in the bay overnight which meant they were not insured and when we left on Sunday afternoon to go home the blokes yacht was still in the water so the tosser hadn't recovered it anyway.
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I half expected the upturned hull to be the inconsiderate twat who blocked the slip - still good job on going out to the upturned boat. I bet the guy was very very please to see some hairy divers heading his way.
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