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Old 31 December 2007, 19:26   #41
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Bigmuz, I thought you stayed up near anthrax island. How'd I get that notion?
Ah.. thats the, pre - mid - end, summer retreat .. But it feels more home than any other place to me .. a few generations account for that !!
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Old 31 December 2007, 20:45   #42
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Aha, I see.

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Old 03 January 2008, 12:30   #43
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One of my ambitions is a run up the clyde to the centre of Glasgow from about Dumbarton. Any speed limits on this stretch of water at any point?
Likewise.

I guess the river festival will be happening again this year. - They'll be expecting people in boats then, and there will be something to do (apart from walking up Union Street in your waterproofs!) when you get there!

I did research this last year and then moved house at the wrong moment, so abandoned the plan. Memory says there's a couple of 4(ish) knot limits round Bowling, King Geo V dock and up past the BAE yard. There's a leaflet that you can get in marinas with all the info on, but I've never been able to find an electronic version of it.

So, anyone up for a trip (assuming it's on?)
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So, anyone up for a trip (assuming it's on?)
We should have our boat broken in by then so its a yes for for us.

Another couple of fixed dates in our '08 diary are;

Tarbert Music festival

Cowal games fireworks (Dunoon)

Millport iluminations.
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Old 10 January 2008, 00:21   #45
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speed !

i was told by clydeport that there is no speed limit and all other info is just a myth for safety. i have done this trip many many times in both a rib and also a 32ft hard boat that i kept in renfrew. all i can say is to look out for many logs etc and stay well clear of and large ships or you will end up in breahead!
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Old 15 February 2008, 12:25   #46
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Hi, anyone out on the Cyde this weekend?
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Clyde Up River Trip

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I'd be up for this - anyone aware of places to launch? had a look at Bowling this Saturday - no chance/no slip!

Did see slips on Google earth near Renfrew Ferry and at Erskine - have heard bad things about remote slips hereabouts!

Is the public slip (from the layby) at Kip any use for a non 4x4?

Ideas on a postcard!
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there is a slip at "Newark Castle" in Port Glasgow (south side of the river). It is tidal, and when I used it was quite slimy - but perfectly usable with a rope.
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I'd be up for this - anyone aware of places to launch? had a look at Bowling this Saturday - no chance/no slip!

Did see slips on Google earth near Renfrew Ferry and at Erskine - have heard bad things about remote slips hereabouts!

Is the public slip (from the layby) at Kip any use for a non 4x4?

Ideas on a postcard!
If you use google earth -
55 57' 26.18" N
40 48' 30.34" W

As you can see from the map, this an old boat building launching slip, no one uses it now, but it is accessible at all stages of the tide and alway calm. (it's one of those only the locals know about) we used to use it to launch a dive Rib.

What bad things?
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I recall a couple of years ago reading, and I think it was on this site, about a bloke returning after launching to find his trailer trashed, slashed and generally useless.

Bad enough?

That slip is, I think, in a carpark which may be perrfic pervy-land?

Trying to be positive but that whole area gives me a bad feeling.
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If you were looking at Bowling, would you go as far as Helensburgh?

Two optins there -one by the pier (mind your prop on the shopping trolleys) and a little further round Past the RNYC there's an interesting stone slip by Blairvadach Outdoor centre (Not the centre's slip - it's about 100 yards down the road past the dinghy park) It gets a wee bit slimy below about 2/3 low water (i.e 2/3 out) but I launched / recovered with a Focus there last year with no problems. It's quite narrow so you need to be good at reversing!

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http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.sr...=newsearch.srf
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The slip at the Inverkip Boat Clun is not really much good-only a bit better than the one at kip . There is a good slip at Cardwell Bay along at the end of Cove Road, and also one along the fromt of gourock at the end of the old paddling pools.
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I recall a couple of years ago reading, and I think it was on this site, about a bloke returning after launching to find his trailer trashed, slashed and generally useless.

Bad enough?

That slip is, I think, in a carpark which may be perrfic pervy-land?

Trying to be positive but that whole area gives me a bad feeling.
Nope, it's in a residential street and never heard of any trouble there and used it for years..have to admit the trailer that we used would probably look better after a good trashing.. anyway there are plenty other slips to try if your concerned. If security is uppermost then either largs or kip (as far as I'm aware) will let you use their slip, not sure of costs but you can fairly sure your boat will be safe.

I picked these as I'm assuming your travelling from the south.
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If you're thinking of going out for the day on the lower Clyde, I'd recommend Largs as the best option.....there's two public slips. One at the North end of the town at the lifeboat station (Parking and groundswell may be an issue), the other public one is at the entrance to Largs Marina...(Can be busy, and dries out at spring tides).

The other option is to pay 7 to launch and recover in the marina at Largs...(all states of tide, good secure parking, access to hot showers and toilets). It is properly set up for small boats, and gives access to all of the areas of the river described.

No offence to any comments that have gone before, but I wouldn't leave my car and trailer at Newark Castle in Greenock if you paid me....
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It's all my fault.

The broken weather, that is.


We're just about to depart from home on the long trundle north to Ballachulish to pick up the new style "Cowal". We're supposed to be doing some trials on Friday; but I don't think we'll be venturing far.

Oh well, there's always Kinlochleven.

Or the bar of the Loch Leven Hotel...

So if anyone's passing over the next three evenings..?
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whats happenin?
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I am taking Blue Water Raven to Troon for the summer so any interesting
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Holly mate! You're back!

Still can't find the Dwarf, and Cat's hiding 'cos the smeggin' wind's spoiled his fur-do.

Apart from that, not a lot.

Got any ideas?
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No offence to any comments that have gone before, but I wouldn't leave my car and trailer at Newark Castle in Greenock if you paid me....
I left my Isuzu and trailer outside the gate at Kip marina once on the sand a couple of years ago because the car park was full inside the gate, and some kind person 'keyed' it B*st*rds
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