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Old 07 January 2008, 07:52   #11
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I was looking in September and saw no reference to free slipways.. nearest I could find was Puffin divers ... but ended up in Craobh Marina...
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Old 07 January 2008, 12:13   #12
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There is a good concrete slip with limited parking at Port beag within the harbour, council owned and free. Usable at all states of the tide except Low springs. This is the one I use.
There is also another at Ganavan just out of town with fantastic parking but this is only really useable at mid tide and above as the bottom is shallow sand. This is also council owned and free.
Puffin divers is free if you use their facilities but is really aimed at divers so unless you want fuel or compressed air fills then you may be charged.
Shifting the two lismore ferries around actually makes a lot of sense, the residents have been arguing for it for years fro good reason.
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Old 07 January 2008, 12:40   #13
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So where are these free slips? More info please!!!!
And whilst we're on the cynical vibe, are the rumours true about shifting the Lismore Vehicle ferry to a new Ro-Ro slip at Port Appin, that sleepy quiet place served by a single track road?
Ah! Now you see how the council works. They may or may not want to swap the ferries. What they really want to do is to widen the road by stealth. They know the residents would object, so they increase the heavy traffic and the road gets wider all on its own. After a while a council vehicle comes along and blows tarmac into all the holes on the verge, and there you go. Job done. They used buses on the Ardfern road.
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Old 07 January 2008, 13:18   #14
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Pontoons for Oban

This is the first time I have used this forum, and I have read with great interest your views on the proposed pontoon development.
I am a director on the board of Oban Bay Marine, the group that has been working on this for the past year and I think it is a fantastic project,living on the Island of Kerrera as i have done most of my life, I have seen this area missing out on so much because of its lack of facilities for the marine sector.
I am very confident that this will go ahead, it is a community driven project which will be run by the community for the community in exactly the same way as the Tobermory one is, we only need to look at how succesful that one has turned out to be. We actually have a public meeting organised for the 18th of Jan to be held in the Argyllshire Gathering Hall at 6 oclock which will be chaired by Jim Mathers MP, please feel free to come along and find out all about it.
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Old 07 January 2008, 13:39   #15
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Visited Oban in Aug 06 during West Highland week, was shocked at the facalities for tying up.We tied up outside a yacht, would have happily stayed the night there, we were completly out of shelter, and tied up outside someone, so we left Oban in the dark, tro the Cuan Sound and on to Craobh for the night.
Oban is a good spot, but no where to tie up.
Have since been back again from Ireland by car, would definately visit again
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Old 07 January 2008, 14:16   #16
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This is the first time I have used this forum, and I have read with great interest your views on the proposed pontoon development.
I am a director on the board of Oban Bay Marine, the group that has been working on this for the past year and I think it is a fantastic project,living on the Island of Kerrera as i have done most of my life, I have seen this area missing out on so much because of its lack of facilities for the marine sector.
I am very confident that this will go ahead, it is a community driven project which will be run by the community for the community in exactly the same way as the Tobermory one is, we only need to look at how succesful that one has turned out to be. We actually have a public meeting organised for the 18th of Jan to be held in the Argyllshire Gathering Hall at 6 oclock which will be chaired by Jim Mathers MP, please feel free to come along and find out all about it.
Its a small town and I am surprised to find I don't know you or your boat, where it moored and what colour?
Anyway nobody has objected to better facilities in Oban, just questioned its actually happening due to the various schemes being bandied around for years with no result. In fact I am fairly sure there is a yet another scheme in addition to this one being considered for pontoons off the North pier as we speak.
Personally I would prefer this location anyway as I consider the proposed one too far outside town to be of much use for anything other than refueling.
As I have stated before I would prefer the council to undertake this project despite them being the council.
Comparing it to Tobermory is also not completely fair, they have a completely sheltered harbour plus there are also next to no facilities at Tobe whereas Oban has excellent faciilities, just not in Oban itself.
I think there are three completely different needs here anyway-
A need for tour boats to pick up/drop off in town
A pontoon for boats to visit for a few hours in town
A fuel and watering place for visiting large RIBs and yachts which already exists across the bay on Kerrera,Puffin divers at Gallanach and Dunstaffnage marine.
Personally a pontoon near the North pier would seem to me to be the better bet then unless there is some facility being considered that I haven't thought of? In fact my preferred solution would be a pontoon off the slip North of the North pier for the first two needs although any pontoon within the bay would probably be a summer only operation as the first storm is likely to "take it out"
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Old 07 January 2008, 15:44   #17
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Pontoons

I am the one that used to do Kerrerasea Adventures with the blue yellow and white rib which i am actually selling at the moment,I am down sizing to concentrate on doing power boat training through Sea Skills. The project we are looking at is actually for a pontoon system running off the North pier at the slip way and running out toward the railway steps with a floating breakwater to the west of it which should hopefully address some of the weather issues, not all of them granted, but most of them. The original plan was for the old borrow boats sight, but as happens alot, these things go off in a direction you had no idea it could go in when you started.
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Old 07 January 2008, 16:09   #18
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Ah, that explains the North pier scheme then. The scheme I had heard of for the OBM company was at Borro boats and involved fueling and watering facilities but no launching for boats. This is also the one most yachting folk in the area know as the planned scheme.
I am sure this is the scheme mentioned on the website although I could be wrong......
The North Pier slipway is much more useful and of greater utility to more folk IMO. How are you going to put in a breakwater? The water gets fairly deep quickly there onto a soft bottom so I assume it is some sort of floating one?
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We sailed straight on by Oban

Hi to Roddy and all.
We were up there this summer and did 580Nm on the West Coast. We found Tobermoray very welcoming with good pontoons, work is well underway also with a 'captainary' with showers laundry room etc. Same good mooring at
port Ellen and Stornoway.

Twice we went right on past Oban, and logged it and
kerrera Island as magical - but no where to stop. Generally we were not sleeping on the boat and were using B&B and pubs/restaurants every night.
May I wish the community project good luck. If the self sufficient sailers aren't the target market, motor boaters/ribs could well be.
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Old 07 January 2008, 18:25   #20
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This is the first time I have used this forum, and I have read with great interest your views on the proposed pontoon development.
I am a director on the board of Oban Bay Marine, the group that has been working on this for the past year and I think it is a fantastic project,living on the Island of Kerrera as i have done most of my life, I have seen this area missing out on so much because of its lack of facilities for the marine sector.
I am very confident that this will go ahead, it is a community driven project which will be run by the community for the community in exactly the same way as the Tobermory one is, we only need to look at how succesful that one has turned out to be. We actually have a public meeting organised for the 18th of Jan to be held in the Argyllshire Gathering Hall at 6 oclock which will be chaired by Jim Mathers MP, please feel free to come along and find out all about it.
Roddy,

I wish your scheme every success. It will make such a difference to the town if you can pull it off. Will the charter boats be able to use it during their turnrounds? When I was running my sailing holidays I would have liked to have turned round in Oban occasionally, it would have given us access to a wider cruising range. How Dougie and Mary coped with it for all those years I'll never know.

Good luck. Tony
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