Originally Posted by 9D280
Not sure about private places to launch in Lomond (but I'm sure some of the caravan / chalet places must have that facility). If you are at the south end of the loch the slip at Balmaha is excellent.
Do you mean Balmaha? There is an OK slipway there but the Balloch (Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway) is the best on the loch. The only other public slipway onto the loch is at Ardlui at the very top. The caravan park on the East coast not far south of Rowardenan has a slipway for its own customers. The caravan park on the west coast fairly far up has a slipway and very small harbour for its own customers. There may be others - but the balloch slip will serve you well unless you are near the north of the loch.
[quote]You will need to register the boat tho' - have a look here to download the forms. The most expensive bit os buying the sticky numbers! They can even sell you a suitbale sized plastic board to stick them to so you don't need to wreck your toobs with stickers..... Registering your Boat - The Complete Guide To Boating on Loch Lomond
Yes beware there is a "voluntary" fee for their rangers (you do not need to pay this). There is also a launch fee now for the slipway(s).
Originally Posted by clydeoutboards
Loch Lomond is a big place and safe to swim/ tow toys etc and you would have lots of choices as to where to stay. Also remember that there are some other great places to go nearby i.e. clyde to Arran etc.
Whilst the loch is "relatively" safe, it can still get a fair fetch (and hence waves), be bloomin freezing (West coast seawater served by the gulf stream can be warmer than the deep loch served by melting snow), attract ejits with no consideration for others, and so should not be underestimated. Whilst there is no disputing the beauty of Loch Lomond - Bute, Arran, the Firth of Clyde and the associated sea lochs offers potentially a more interesting cruising ground anyway. Whilst plenty of people manage to spend a week or two on Loch Lomond without getting bored, I can only really manage a weekend, but I don't pull donuts etc so that would obviously add interest. Beware where the speed limits are (reasonably well enforced) - you could have a lochside cottage which requires a short treck to get to 'play' areas - that might be an issue if you want to let kids roam free on the water but within sight.
Clearly there is a wealth of further cruising on the West Coast, but it will add a good bit extra to the journey; whereas you could be in the Clyde in no more time than getting to Balloch.