Many thanks for the advice, troops.
Have managed to obtain covered, dry storage for "Thumper" just 10 mins from the Duncan Mills slipway in Balloch - I'm a happy RiBer
Had a look at Ardlui, but fairly expensive and "slipway" unusable without a 4X4 and at £15 a launch/recover, the use of the marina tractor (if available) prohibitive.
If anyone's looking for storage in the area, the chap in question has a few places left, so feel free to PM me for contact details/info etc.
Had good look at the Duncan Mills setup - v'impressed and good feedback from other users.
Am looking to build up my experience on the relative safety of the Loch so I can hopefully participate in my first cruise at some point
. . .watch this space!
Cheers to all,