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Old 21 September 2008, 04:07   #1
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Launching & storage Glasgow/Loch Lomond

Hi troops,

Looking for advice re secure but accessible storage for my trailered SR4m nr Glasgow/West of Scotland. Idea would be to pickup boat en route to holiday home in Argyll and for easier access for use nearer home (nr Glasgow).

Also - how is Loch Lomond for launching RIBS? Don't have 4X4, current tow vehicle is a turbo-diesel VW Sharan (use old Suzuki SJ for launching from beach at hol home you see).

And thanks to all for warm welcome/encouragement/ideas thus far as I get used to my first RIB
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Old 21 September 2008, 04:23   #2
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you will have no problems launching that combination at duncan mills slipway at balloch. free of change. changing facilities. pontoon to put boat on while you paek the car etc. probably best not to turn up at 12 o clock on a bank holiday weekend as then you'll have a queue and trouble finding somewhere to park the trailer but otherwise normally very good. the slipway staff/rangers vary from very helpful to being a bit thick and obtuse, but no worse than most other public servants! you do need to register (which is theoretically free, but will cost you a one off 8ish for the number plates).

in terms of storage that would enable "local" use and pick up on way to argyll then i think you are either looking for somewhere that stores caravans etc or if its not too far for the local part - ardlui marina at the top of loch lomond.
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Old 21 September 2008, 15:27   #3
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Thanx chum,

Haven't launched from a slipway before using the Sharan and am a bit nervous given it's only front wheeldrive though has an auto gearbox (I heard they're easier to handle when towing etc?).

That's a grand tip re Balloch and Ardlui - appreciate it. Will check fees at Ardlui.
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Haven't launched from a slipway before using the Sharan and am a bit nervous given it's only front wheeldrive though has an auto gearbox
you'll have no probs with a 4m sea rider, especially on the nice clean, wide, concrete slipway at balloch. My boat is a little lighter that yours but we used to launch it with a 1.3L Mazda 323. If you can go on a quiet day (e.g. a normal weekday) and you will be able to practice without feeling you are creating a queue.

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Its not cheap - something like 600 p.a. http://www.ardluimarina.com !!!
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If you can go on a quiet day (e.g. a normal weekday) and you will be able to practice without feeling you are creating a queue.
And that is recommended, otherwise you may face a shoot out with some other slip users who can launch or recover in 3 minutes flat
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Found it!

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,
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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.
PM me the details - as I like to know my options every year.
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be aware that with almost 30 miles of fetch in the right winds that the loch can be just as cold, choppy and inhospitable as the sea.
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Loch Lommond gets a lot colder than the sea in winter time so you really have to be extra careful. The water temperature can get down to 5 centigrade.
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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,
Bob.
Hi Bob
as a fellow traveller to Argyll from the s/west can you pm the storage details
ta
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Cheers again :)

Thanx for the sound advice re the Loch - will make sure I'm extra careful.
Will PM the storage details to those who've asked.

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