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Old 05 May 2015, 12:15   #31
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Old 05 May 2015, 16:27   #32
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I've only ever used Puffin for diving from Urchin - great boat! But I was a bit perplexed by their giving divers a very short maximum dive time for a dive rather than ask how long you are going to be down like most other places. I didn't even use half my air on either dive (but not enough left to start a second dive) so wasted 2 air fills. I didn't argue on the boat as skipper is king but I questioned it on my return to be told if you don't like it go elsewhere!


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Old 05 May 2015, 18:54   #33
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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.
i'll check them out, thanks for the info.

if anyone is in the area in the next couple of weeks then i'm planning to basically do the run that easdale should have been if the weather had been better.

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Old 06 May 2015, 02:28   #34
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EDIT - Oh and Ardoran Marine might be worth a look too.
Linnhe Marine (a bit further north than Ardoran but have the advantage of not being in a loch) were very good to us last year. He'll launch you with his JCB, let you a mooring, and there's free use of a tender to go out and get your boat. Fairly rough and ready but cheap and a really nice bloke.
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Old 06 May 2015, 03:54   #35
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Easdale welcomes RIBs

Easdale needs tourists and the sea is one of our greatest assets.
There is a very safe harbour on the island. We are proceeding with the community pontoon - aim is in by Whitsun.
There are 3 pubs serving food
B&B try Garragh Mhor or Tin Church both are excellent
Plenty of self catering accommodation.
Large Car Parks
Seafari will offer local knowledge.

The disadvantages is the boat moored at the island but once you have the ferry sorted in your head its relatively straight forwards from 0715 in the morning to 2100 at night. slight differences Fri/Sat when the ferry runs till 2300 and Sunday 0900 to 1815.
The launch site could be better but if you have 4WD its straight forwards with the steeper gradients at high and low tides. Do you need 4WD? At ERR one RIB a Delta was recovered by a Vito van - not the best off road vehicle.

Easdale to Colonsay is about 50 minutes at 25 knots.

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There is/has been an attitude in the West Highlands with some, that the tourist industry 'owes them a living' fortunately i've not seen it for years, because most know better now, but some of those posts including trip adviser,... are really bad ! Just because a place looks pretty doesent mean the people that work there day in day out keep on thinking so... cleary ! Even the comment on the web site about 50 of petrol ? fk off you scummy tourist .. there's Tesco for the like of you !!
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Bank Holiday Sunday we were on Easdale. The Puffer stops meals at 1500. The last return ferry from Seil is at 1815 (unless you book a 1900 Special a day in advance). The Oyster on Seil starts food at 1800. Do the math! How lucky were we that Alan1 and Jambo had left us a Game Terrine, brown bread etc. Mrs willk had a bottle of wine stashed in her dunnage so we were marooned in relative luxury.

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i'll check them out, thanks for the info.

if anyone is in the area in the next couple of weeks then i'm planning to basically do the run that easdale should have been if the weather had been better.

cheers
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were up at Dunstaffange from 23rd May to 28th cruising every day
welcome to join in for 1 or more days
what dates and plans do you have and i will send you details
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were up at Dunstaffange from 23rd May to 28th cruising every day
welcome to join in for 1 or more days
what dates and plans do you have and i will send you details
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I can heartily recommended a cruise in company with Doug. Best boating experience we had last year! (apologies to all our chums at Caernarfon)
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I can heartily recommended a cruise in company with Doug. Best boating experience we had last year! (apologies to all our chums at Caernarfon)

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