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Old 05 April 2010, 13:15   #1
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Loch Lomond slipways

Has anyone used the park authority slip at Balloch on the Southern end of Loch Lomond. I'm taking the boat there in May for a week. Is there anything I should know apart from having to register with the park authority prior to going. I have somewhere to keep the boat so its just a matter of navigation hazards, are the natives friendly, is it a good place to launch etc. Any advice appreciated.
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Good wide slipway and a pontoon to wait at while you sort out cars and trailers. Good parking on site, and very friendly natives (as long as you abide by the speed limits). I believe they're working on a new chart for the loch, but I don't think it's finished yet
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As Ian says - very good slipway. Rangers are normally cooperative if you are polite to them. Can get a bitty stroppy on busy weekends if you start holding things up. Bear in mind that they are civil servants so intrinsically programmed not to go out there way to help you! But stick to speed limits, apply a little common sense, and be courteous and they'll usually recognise this. They are very keen that you wear a lifejacket (you MUST have them with you although its not actually mandatory that you wear them) and thats usually a good step.

If it is busy then beware: (1) not everyone reversing trailers does it a lot and so there may be some rather random vehicle movements - keep your wits about you whether a pedestrian or in your own vehicle (2) not everyone wandering around has a brain - people seem to run across behind trailers.

EDIT - oh and you don't need to preregister - you can do it on the day, but if it is a busy weekend you'll wish you had.
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Agree with all of the above, there's also lengths of chain anchored to the ground in the car / trailer park to lock your trailer to!

They have a leaflet with a map of sorts, it's by no means a chart, but it's better than nothing! I think the 1:25K OS map is likely your best navigation aid at the moment!
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you will need to register (free) and then buy and fit number and license on boat i have nos stuck onto length of pvc material which i tie onto side of rib
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Which they can supply! (might even be for free, if not it's something silly like 2 to buy them)
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Knew I had a link somewhere.......

Byelaws (with handy map showing speed restricted areas / facilities etc)
http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/...ws/Byelaws.pdf
Last couple of pages most useful when afloat!

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http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/...nu-id-287.html
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Knew I had a link somewhere.......

Byelaws (with handy map showing speed restricted areas / facilities etc)
http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/...ws/Byelaws.pdf
Last couple of pages most useful when afloat!

Registration info here:
http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/...nu-id-287.html
Brilliant 9D280, and thanks for all the good advice guys. Looks like we could be in for a very enjoyable week on the Loch. I'll only be using the boat during the weekdays so we will avoid the weekend rush. I understand from looking at the Boat Loch Lomond website that there is also a speed limit between the islands? Is this marked on the chart you can get from the park wardens or is it an obvious one when you reach the islands (being within a few hundred yards of the shore etc)? Better to be prepared rather than ignorant of the facts. Thanks again for the advice, it's very much appreciated and we are looking forward to our trip to beautiful Scotland.
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I believe the speed limits round the island are because its V shallow, also there's people swimming/fishing there..... on busy weekends lots of people camp on them......(and end up bitten to death by the midges, been there done it and have the scars to prove it.....)

Still enjoyable! Honest

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you will need to register (free) and then buy and fit number and license on boat i have nos stuck onto length of pvc material which i tie onto side of rib
Nice one Doug, I was wondering how and where to apply the numbers without actually sticking them to the side of the boat. My RIB has bow rails so I may be able to get a couple of pieces of plastic for the numbers to go on and then use some hose clips to fasten then on.
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