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Old 24 September 2005, 10:02   #1
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Warning - Port Glasgow Slipway

I thought anyone planning to use Port Glasgow Slipway (the closest free slipway to Glasgow) might want to be aware of my recent experience.

We launched there last saturday afternoon and left our trailer in locked to the car in the car park at the top. We weren't ever out of sight of the slip (although were away from the car). On our return we were not aware of any problems and recovered the boat. Since then it has been stored in a secure garage.

On our way to the water this morning we developed a puncture. There is a large slash all the way across the tread of one tyre. Following consultation with the recovery company there seems no doubt that this could only have been caused by intentional vandalism with an impliment such as a hacksaw blade (obviously they never made it all the way through and driving on it today caused it to fail).

The boat/trailer has never been left unattended anywhere other than at Port Glasgow, since it arrived 2 weeks ago so I can only assume that the neds at the top of the slip are responsible. Anyone else using the slipway please beware...

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Old 25 September 2005, 10:06   #2
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Well coming from your neck of the woods you should know the Ports reputation, most boat owners who drive down through the port even on the main road to get to the kip marina usually are a blur

Theres no way I'd take a canoe up ther to launch and recover never mind a boat, always go that wee bit extra down the road and launch at cardwell bay at gourock at least, not the cleanest of slips but safer by all means.

Or even better go down to the kip and sort out a key from them for the slip way

Sorry to hear tho that the jealousy of the minority in the port has sadened another day out for folk, it aint a bad place, just like any where esle really in this age

ps i aint some posh boaty twit from down the villages I am from greenock

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Old 25 September 2005, 15:05   #3
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Neil, sorry to hear about that - you don't need stuff like that.
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Old 26 September 2005, 03:20   #4
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Hi Neil

Hope your boat was not damaged and it did not spoil your day out too much..

you would like to think you could leave your car and trailer alone for a wee while with out some low life (with a hooded top no doubt) hacking it about…
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