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Old 24 April 2014, 19:17   #1
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Peel IOM from Scotland

Anyone done this/visited Peel and have any advice/thoughts. It may be an option there and back in the day this summer leaving from Luce Bay if conditions are right (flat calm and wall to wall sunshine says my lady )
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Old 24 April 2014, 19:47   #2
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We did it last year from Portpatrick its a straightforward crossing & avoids the tide race you encounter down the east side if you haed for Douglas
Peel harbour is a straightforward approach but you need to time yor arrival with the tide if you want to enter the inner harbour to moor otherwise you will be alongside the stone outer pier
Nice place and well worth the trip
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Old 25 April 2014, 02:40   #3
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Always wanted to do this but weather/sea conditions very variable and I have been told it could be a wait of a week for return even if weather perfect on way there.
[QUOTE=Red Fox;(flat calm and wall to wall sunshine says my lady )[/QUOTE]
Tide in Luce Bay could cause problems for day return as most launching sites dry out leaving very long beach recovery if timing is out. (ie. longer return time than planned)
Isle of Whithorn has a reasonable slip which I understand can be used at all tides.
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Old 25 April 2014, 04:55   #4
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Cheers for that. A WEEK! Hmm don't fancy that. Might just stick to Donaghadee and Pier 36 for fish and chips, small glass of the brown stuff and back. Launch and recovery are no problem though. We use New England Bay regularly.
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Donald463,

You do realise that Luce Bay to Donaghadee is a longer trip than LB to Peel? 43nm versus 40nm.
Go on. Try Peel. You might be pleasantly surprised. And if you choose a nice couple of days you can make it there and back, easy.

BTW how fast would you go? About 15-20knots? Should take say 2.5hrs each way. Do it in one day if you like.
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Old 25 April 2014, 10:44   #6
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Donaghadee is done from Port Logan straight across about 20nm. Takes about an hour. It would be a there and back in a day for Peel. Will pray for a good day and you never know.
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We've done IoM there and back in a day from Fleetwood-around 60 miles each way to Douglas. ***** "Mannin's cloak" was down when we arrived. Fog so thick m'specs were running with water from it. So they postponed the TT - til just as we set off back
Big summer high pressure fx for a few days is what you need (and plenty of warm clothes in case that ****** fog comes down-it was SO cold in that despite being 20degrees on shore)...and advice from Brian-he's the man for the IoM. Peel is very pleasant. Friend lives around there and has his boat in the marina.

Long time since I was at Port Logan, spent so much time fishing/diving round there over the years. Must go back again!
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Launch and recovery are no problem though. We use New England Bay regularly.
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.
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The beach is fine in the summer and less than a stones throw from the caravan, but always got Logan a mile away if the wind is coming on shore. Wig Bay needs checking out though. Is there a ramp or what? Ailsa Craig sounds interesting. I believe it is for sale!
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Wig Bay has probably largest concrete slip in Scotland. was built during war for flying boats. Some holes in concrete but plenty of good surface to use. Vast amount of parking and up to now perfectly safe to leave trailer.
Second small slip at adjacent boat club and a few pounds for annual membership gives toilets etc. Big enough for Zodiac 500 and more sheltered.
Both slips are free to use.
Southerly wind can blow across slip making recovery tricky if you are single handed.
Watch for sandbank down middle of the loch (The Scar). See chart as this can dry out at low tide.
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