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Old 25 April 2014, 14:48   #11
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do you launch at Lady Bay at all Donald? Last time there the road down from the farm at the top was getting very "iffy"
I think last time I launched there was when we stayed B&B at the farmhouse at the top for a couple of nights. But in those days we were towing 15ft fast fishing boats which were considerably lighter that the current rib we take away with us. But we were towing with rear wheel drive cars then.
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Old 25 April 2014, 15:55   #12
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Only launched once at Lady Bay when i had a small Orkney fishing boat. Took the bottom out of it on a hidden reef. Never launched there again. Reef is visible at low tide but track is so bad now I wouldn't take my trailer down there.
Wig Bay is so much easier and only 10 mins by boat to Lady Bay at high tide.
There are also plans to build a slip and safe storage at Stranraer next to new harboumasters office but think it will be at least a year before this happens.
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Old 25 April 2014, 16:21   #13
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thanx for that, can be shallow to the right as you come out of lady bay. Best to go straight out and then have a think about it. We've waterski-ed there and launched dozens of times with no probs. First fish I saw landed there was a 18lb turbot. We never had one but loadsa other stuff.
May well come up for a visit early summer, but not at Lady Bay eh!
sorry to hijack the thread, back to the IoM now! Nice place -do it!
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Old 25 April 2014, 17:30   #14
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Thanks for all the detail Donald. Will certainly check it out one day. Fishing sounds interesting as well wavelength. Happy days ahead. Cheers guys.
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Been there today and there was a lot of sand with a stiff on-shore breeze. not where I would have liked to launch.

I usually use Wig Bay in Loch Ryan and go north.
Arran, Ailsa Craig, Girvan all easy day trips, just done Campbeltown last week.
Any tide or weather issues ?
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Wig Bay suitable at all tides. sand bar in middle of loch known locally as the Scar can be a problem at low tide but easy to navigate round it. Runs south from top of bay and can be seen above water in lower tides.
Wind across slip either north or south can make recovery tricky as boat wants to be at right angle to slip.
After launch there is shelter at either side of slip.
The adjacent boat club slip is sheltered but narrow to back down with trailer.
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Old 21 January 2015, 19:02   #17
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A vote for Whithorn, Launched several times there to go to IOM and back the same day.
There is even a hotel, fresh water for flushing, a public toilet and a free campsite within a literal stones throw of the slip which is usable at everything above 1/2 tide or better.
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Old 23 January 2015, 16:07   #18
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Whithorn... xr770a...brrrrr sends shivers thinking of our return from there last year. A wee bit lumpy eh? Good food and drink at the Steam Packet inn though...roll on.
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