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Old 30 May 2016, 17:26   #1
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hi chaps i am a noobie be gentle can you pass thru the bit of sea that separates easdale from the mainland at all tides
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hi chaps i am a noobie be gentle can you pass thru the bit of sea that separates easdale from the mainland at all tides
It depends what you mean. If you mean Easdale Sound between Easdale Island and Eilanbeich (on Seil) then yes it is passable at all states of tide (certainly in a RIB).

If you mean the Clachan Sound, which lies between Seil and the mainland then it is passable at High Water. Your draft will determine how low you can go. You can kayak through at any state. I'd suggest you really need the chart or a good chartplotter, slow speed and an attentive crew. The shallowest bit is not right at the bridge.
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Old 31 May 2016, 02:00   #3
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clachan sound is the bit i mean from google maps it looks like theres a shallow bit north of the bridge
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Even a kayak will have difficulty at some states of the tide. Certainly passable at high tide.. and boats do go that way .. when I last did it.. I found it quite unnerving dodging all the columns of seaweed .. wondering if there was a rock below them.

If you are new to it.. I suggest give it a miss and go through the Sound instead.

If you are planning to go to Tinkers Hole at Mull from down that way..passing the Garvellachs.. etc .. there are some interesting tide races that may take you by surprise. IMO ..Not a place for a noobie. You may know that though..so just ignore my comment if you do.

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iv'e been through at half tide [neeps] you have about 300 mm of water under your boat 6m rib. springs you wont get through i was there a few weeks ago on springs at the north end even my sib grounded at the entrance no big one as i get out and pull into deeper water.then went round came from the south and got about half way up shut the engine off and drifted back with the tide. but at high water all ok but zoom right in on your potter to get the deep water as there are some sharp turns in the channel its a lovely place you can stop at the pub at the bridge for food & drink.
also beware lots of weed to clog the intake kelp fronds the worst.
gurnards pic is of the north end if i am not mistaken and he's right were you see the weed edge it has some big boulders after that a deep pool then it shallows to the bridge and beond my advise do it at high water keep an eye on the plotter some one on the bow is good too good place to be with gin clear water.

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Old 31 May 2016, 14:21   #6
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I was going to go to tinkers hole from ganavan that was first option if the weather was crap the plan was to go to craobh haven
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