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Old 13 September 2016, 05:39   #41
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Looks like somewhere on Lismore it is. Will be stopping for around 4 days, so need to find somewhere with good sheltered anchorage, got the charts for the area, but if anyone has any pointers on routes and areas to avoid, tide race etc then i'm all ears :-)

Fingers crossed for some good weather, thinking we may need a back-up plan if the weather is too rough to get out.

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Old 19 September 2016, 05:14   #42
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isailor is another good app, there is the in app purchase for West of Scotland at 24.99 but includes updates.
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Old 21 September 2016, 14:17   #43
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isailor is another good app, there is the in app purchase for West of Scotland at 24.99 but includes updates.
Cheers i'll take a look, i was looking at the one Pikey Dave recommended for the PC, but as my maps are integrated into the HDS7 i dont think i can use it......unless i buy the maps separately.
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Old 21 September 2016, 17:34   #44
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For PC I use CPM86....FREE SW and charts, and for very, very detailed charts of most of the natural anchorages on west coast of Scotland I flip over to Antares...(around 15 for about 300 charts). Panasonic Tough Book on board.
I've go MX Mariner on my phone and tablet....ok and pretty cheap, certainly a lot less than 25.
Humminbird Helix 7 running Navionics Gold...expensive and nowhere near as good as Antares for detail.
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Quick update, fantastic time on Linnhe so thank you for the recommendation. Launched out of Linnhe Marina who were fantastic. Great pub 10mins up the road called the Old Inn I think, food and beer was great. Did a trip around Lissmore, down to Mull one day and up to Fort William for lunch another day.

We were even lucky enough to have dolphins with us on the first day and plenty of seals.

Few of the guys even braved the 12degree water to get on the Ringo.

Fuel easily available in appin, few mins drive from Linnhe marina (although a little more expensive aboit 10p more per litre than tesco, but again great friendly service, nice and convenient and ofcourse supporting the local businesses).

PS for anyone contemplating a helmet or a drysuit, I couldn't recommend them more. Warm and bone dry and still able to feel my face when it's was absolutely belting it down, the outlay to buy them felt totally worth while by the end of the week.

Cheers

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Old 18 October 2016, 08:40   #46
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never tried the gecko thing but fail to see the point of it, maybe one of those things need to try to appreciate it?. just seems expensive and a PITA to store when not in use when a waterproof face mask will roll up into your pocket and 10% the cost of a gecko.

what are the benefits over a balaclava or the like for normal use?

if you were in danger of smashing face against something then it is a no brainer and i assume why the pros use them.
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Quick update, fantastic time on Linnhe so thank you for the recommendation. Launched out of Linnhe Marina who were fantastic. Great pub 10mins up the road called the Old Inn I think, food and beer was great. Did a trip around Lissmore, down to Mull one day and up to Fort William for lunch another day.

We were even lucky enough to have dolphins with us on the first day and plenty of seals.

Few of the guys even braved the 12degree water to get on the Ringo.

Fuel easily available in appin, few mins drive from Linnhe marina (although a little more expensive aboit 10p more per litre than tesco, but again great friendly service, nice and convenient and ofcourse supporting the local businesses).

PS for anyone contemplating a helmet or a drysuit, I couldn't recommend them more. Warm and bone dry and still able to feel my face when it's was absolutely belting it down, the outlay to buy them felt totally worth while by the end of the week.

Cheers

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Nice ! Great photos of one of the best places in the UK IMHO
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never tried the gecko thing but fail to see the point of it, maybe one of those things need to try to appreciate it?. just seems expensive and a PITA to store when not in use when a waterproof face mask will roll up into your pocket and 10% the cost of a gecko.

what are the benefits over a balaclava or the like for normal use?

if you were in danger of smashing face against something then it is a no brainer and i assume why the pros use them.
I thought exactly the same as you until I got caught out in a hail storm coming out of Oban heading towards Easdale last year ,😕 it came from nowhere and stop me in my track's. Luckily I had some goggles and a surfers neoprene balaclava which helped a little bit....., since then I got a Gecko......lesson learnt 😣👍
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never tried the gecko thing but fail to see the point of it, maybe one of those things need to try to appreciate it?. just seems expensive and a PITA to store when not in use when a waterproof face mask will roll up into your pocket and 10% the cost of a gecko.

what are the benefits over a balaclava or the like for normal use?

if you were in danger of smashing face against something then it is a no brainer and i assume why the pros use them.
Tbf I've used a balaclava and goggles for ages and never had an issue (except for hail).

I was sceptical about the cost vs benefit. Bit im far from a fine weather "ribber" and the boat probably gets more use in the winter months as opposed to summer.

It's nice to have the reassurance I should hurt myself less if I land wrong, but ultimately i can only describe it as "nice" lol. If the weathers crap, it's not a relentless experience and it blocks the wind almost 100%. Far from a necessity for most, but a good value luxury IMO.

Only gripe is comms are difficult with them on, so I'm looking at an intercom. But tbf with the engineni have ATM, you can't hear each other a 3.5k revs anyway, helmet or not.
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