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Old 25 April 2010, 02:57   #1
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Launching at Lochinver

Hi,

Question about the slipway at Lochinver……

Thinking of launching there next week and I’ve had a look round for a slipway before - I spotted a very steep thin one. Which maybe ok on ropes or my trailer winch, but I just wondered if anyone else has launched there………

I’ve done the usual - checked Boat launch (none listed), searched on here (no comments on actual launching there), looked at the harbour authority (no slipway mentioned)….

Has anyone launched at Lochinver before, and if so, where from?

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Old 25 April 2010, 03:41   #2
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Julie,

Highland council believe there is a slip at Lochinver: http://www.highland.gov.uk/NR/rdonly...facilities.pdf and suggest the Harbour Master as the contact.
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Old 25 April 2010, 09:21   #3
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Highland council believe there is a slip at Lochinver: http://www.highland.gov.uk/NR/rdonly...facilities.pdf and suggest the Harbour Master as the contact.
Thanks.... there is definately one there as I've seen it. I was just wondering how people coped as it looked tricky.

This web sites good too:
http://www.highland.gov.uk/yourenvir...verharbour.htm

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Old 25 April 2010, 09:32   #4
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I haven't actually used it but it looked OK to me for launching when I stayed for a week in Lochinver a few years ago. It is quite steep and only usable above mid tide or so but I would use it without any worries. It was a nice concrete one.
I assume the steepness issue is because of the launching vehicle?
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Old 25 April 2010, 14:35   #5
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I haven't actually used it but it looked OK to me for launching when I stayed for a week in Lochinver a few years ago. It is quite steep and only usable above mid tide or so but I would use it without any worries. It was a nice concrete one.
I assume the steepness issue is because of the launching vehicle?
It was also a bit weedy last year.

I prefer to launch with ropes or winch as I find it more manoeuvrable, especially new slipways……

I once watched some blokes launch their RIB, trailer, AND 4X4 off a steep weedy slipway even after offering them my ropes (they probably thought female – no idea )!
I think they thought I was too cautious even though I launched successfully!
Annoying thing was, I never said ‘I told you so’ as I was in deep shock at the event unfolding, AND they blocked the slipway so I couldn’t recover! Hence I’m a bit careful, and do what I know best!

So.... I thought I’d check on here if anyone had experience of the Lochinver one.
Another one I haven’t tried up there is Scourie. Looks ok, slim, but I’ve never seen it with water on/near it…. Defo one for a high tide.
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I hear the midges are real big at Lochinver Julie, and if you leave the boat on the trailer near the water for long enough they will pick the boat up and drop it in for you.
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That would be handy... I could go off and file my nails, by the time I finish it'll be magically in the water.

Sadly there should be no midges, I go up there in May to avoid the blighters
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It was also a bit weedy last year.

I prefer to launch with ropes or winch as I find it more manoeuvrable, especially new slipways……

I once watched some blokes launch their RIB, trailer, AND 4X4 off a steep weedy slipway even after offering them my ropes (they probably thought female – no idea )!
I think they thought I was too cautious even though I launched successfully!
Annoying thing was, I never said ‘I told you so’ as I was in deep shock at the event unfolding, AND they blocked the slipway so I couldn’t recover! Hence I’m a bit careful, and do what I know best!

So.... I thought I’d check on here if anyone had experience of the Lochinver one.
Another one I haven’t tried up there is Scourie. Looks ok, slim, but I’ve never seen it with water on/near it…. Defo one for a high tide.
Nothing wrong with launching with ropes. Easier with two people, but at least you have peace of mind that you're not going to compromise your boat or your car by trying a tricky manouvre on a slip you don't have knowledge of.
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There is a half decent beach launch at Ullapool and a half decent slip at Achiltibuie.
If you want weedy slips you ought to try the one on the front at Dunoon. It is green and so slippy you can't actually walk across it........
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There is a half decent beach launch at Ullapool and a half decent slip at Achiltibuie.
If you want weedy slips you ought to try the one on the front at Dunoon. It is green and so slippy you can't actually walk across it........
Yes I stay in Ullapool for the week. I usually launch there a couple of times off the slip, I used the beach once when I'd over estimated the tide and there's a stream at low water so a great big gully in the gravel. Least it means you have the opportunity to have a plan B

I usually launch at Kylesku & Loch Ewe too.
The one at north Loch Ewe is brilliant, but well hidden. There's also a very green one on the south of Loch Ewe - which is where accidents happen!
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