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Old 05 May 2015, 08:02   #21
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I wouldn't worry too much about the locals, I used to be one and wouldn't spit on them if the building was on fire and most of the folk I knew in the area looked at them either the same way or as a necessary evil to get air and servicing.

This could run and run, the number of "customer service" stories about their attitude could go on and on. If I told you some of the stories that I either witnessed, was part of or were told to me by folk that they happened to, and I believe you would think I was making it all up.
However I am not going to add to this as you can read all this on various diving forums written by a multitude of folk if you are really interested.

Funnily enough the cylinder fuelling story above could be me talking from years ago except I didn't get policy quoted at me, I got threats from the owner from questioning his panel not working, which I actually hadn't as I just wanted to check the pressure due to the short time they filled.

So rather than tell lots of stories I will say one thing which illustrates the place perfectly as far as I see.
I was told by the owner, face to face, that they have a lawyer that watches the diving forums to see if anybody is saying anything that is negative. They will then pursue legal action against that person if they can be traced.
You might think this is a bit far fetched but I once said on a dive forum about 10 years ago that I thought they must be quieter as the boats weren't seen out as much as they were and was subsequently personally threatened by the owner in the shop and my employer, at that time, called to try and trace me to take action.
This was the last straw after previous incidents and have never set foot or used them since, despite them being my local shop for most of the last ten years until moving away.

If they want to make an issue of the above they are perfectly welcome to try!
thankfully in life you live and learn and people can choose to go elsewhere if need be.

i will go back up there soon (weeks) and explore the place on my own and find out what works well for me.

i need to launch/recover on my own and i'm not used to it yet with this bigger boat so i was taking the safe option of a quiet bay and a place i assumed i could get help.

if anyone does need to use puffin then buy a dinghy and take it with you, make life so much easier and in hindsight i should have done exactly that. i'll be taking one with me whenever away from now on.....just need to buy one first!

anyways, i really enjoyed the friday and it hasn't put me off going back, gorgeous place.

cheers
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Old 05 May 2015, 08:06   #22
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I wonder how his Legal Beagles got on with TripAdvisor?

You all want to read their page on Tripadvisor very interesting indeed


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Old 05 May 2015, 08:10   #23
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Have you looked at Melfort Harbour? Good accom. and good slip into a small private harbour with pontoon mooring...... straight run out Loch Melfort to the Cuan sound.
Couple of years since I've been, but we were "blown away" with the place.
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Old 05 May 2015, 09:01   #24
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Dubrus,

If you go next year you will find launching a boat your size at Easdale is quite feasible - and during ERR there are plenty of people around who will help if needed. Certainly during the ERR Tony's team run a pretty slick operation around the harbour so you'll have no issue launching putting the boat in the harbour and getting back ashore without a tender. And nobody on Easdale/Seil are ever in a great rush so don't worry about inexperience or lack of hands slowing you down.

There may not be as much help on normal days - but you'd probably still manage. If you are looking to launch singlehanded in that rough part of the world in the future without a dinghy then I recommend Linnhe Marine near Appin. Very helpful people, you can tie up to their pontoon whilst you get your self sorted and if you need their moorings they will get you back ashore. I've never launched at Dunstaffnage/Craobh Haven but as commercial marinas they should be well set up for this scenario. Further south Tayvallich/Carsaig provides options into Loch Sween or direct into the Sound of Jura with a jetty or pontoon (the jetty at Carsaig is probably only suitable for the physically fit and short term storage).

However as you say for total flexibility a wee tender is the solution.

EDIT - Oh and Ardoran Marine might be worth a look too.
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Old 05 May 2015, 11:11   #25
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[ADMIN EDIT

I'm sure that one of you more technical types can get the Working at Puffin Dive Centre thread Glassdoor on here....

I assume this is what he was trying to link to: http://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Overview/...7288.11,29.htm ]



.... Sounds a great place to work !!
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Old 05 May 2015, 11:49   #26
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I'm a technical wasteland when it comes to my tinternet use, cheers anonymous ribnet facilitator

I thought that the ex employee gave a good insight into the place !!
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I'm a technical wasteland when it comes to my tinternet use, cheers anonymous ribnet facilitator

I thought that the ex employee gave a good insight into the place !!
You just paste the link in - the forum magic does the rest!
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Old 05 May 2015, 12:01   #28
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On a plus note for puffin,I dived ther many years ago on ther big yellow boat,the urchin,,,,wow what a boat!!! Some of the easiest diving I've ever done and a lovely part of the country


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Old 05 May 2015, 12:07   #29
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None of the trip advisor and ratings surprise me, you have to know the guy and his family, then you realise that it isn't actually made up.
The job rating is pretty much how it looked from outside and tallies with what was seen and heard by a lot of folk around the town.
Anyway the best slip in the whole immediate area is actually in Oban. Its steep and concrete, useable at anything bar spring lows and usually quiet. It just behind the life boat station at the south pier.
Its a public slip and the only drawback is the very limited parking. However there is parking 20-300 yards out of town along the coast road towards Puffin.
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Old 05 May 2015, 12:10   #30
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On a plus note for puffin,I dived ther many years ago on ther big yellow boat,the urchin,,,,wow what a boat!!! Some of the easiest diving I've ever done and a lovely part of the country


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The Urchin was brilliant, probably the best day boat on the west coast. Unfortunately the guys that built it retired and puffin bought it. It sat on the pier most of the time since and hardly ever was used. It was a shame.
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