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Old 16 May 2015, 04:34   #11
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Fwiw I priced up my rib to Aran on the ferry as an option for a family holiday. It was cheaper for my wife to take the car across and motor the rib. Didn't do it as the idea of watching 2 small kids on a ferry for a couple of hours didn't fall into the "holiday" category!
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Old 16 May 2015, 04:54   #12
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Fwiw I priced up my rib to Aran on the ferry as an option for a family holiday. It was cheaper for my wife to take the car across and motor the rib. Didn't do it as the idea of watching 2 small kids on a ferry for a couple of hours didn't fall into the "holiday" category!
Arran has only had road equivalent tarrif since end of last year though. RET makes a big difference on the western Isles routes. And the risk of not being able to come home is substantially lower in the Clyde than the the hebrides.
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Fwiw I priced up my rib to Aran on the ferry as an option for a family holiday. It was cheaper for my wife to take the car across and motor the rib. Didn't do it as the idea of watching 2 small kids on a ferry for a couple of hours didn't fall into the "holiday" category!
There's also no pontoon facilities to keep the rib once you get there. The only one as far as I know is at Lochranza and it's for short term us only (and not particularly sheltered.)
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You "could" park at the end of the stone Pier at Lamlash Bay-if you are very careful. A word with the Harbour Master at the end of the pier, a quick lunch and back.
It is only for a short term park though and beware the dropping tide!
Don't obstruct the steps though!
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Thanks for the tips so far!
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Have You been yet Tim?
If not, then go well prepared if you're heading for the outer isles. very exposed out there for an SR4. great for surfing though.
Even here on Skye the weather can change very quickly so it's best to have a plan B at all times.
We use bigger Ribs for work that handle it well even in winter but I tend to use my own sr4 in summer only and we don't seem to be getting a summer this year.

My recommendation would be to use the rib around the inner islands and find somewhere to park it up (the Locals are friendly but the Tinks will nick it given the chance)and head out to the outer isles for the surfing. saves on ferry costs for the trailer.
Whatever you decide, hope you have a good trip.
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