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Old 18 February 2012, 00:03   #41
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Port Edgar should be ok I think for parking up your motorhome, once boat is launched your wife could get in the boat from one of the pontoons just a bit over from the slip. I would be happy to help you with launching your boat etc.

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Kev - is one of the good guys here, he has came to our open cruise for the past two years at least! I might be able to get use of a slip further up from a friendly yacht club.

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My 3 hours head start is not for the distance, its because I'll be in the futura which doesn't have the cruising speed of a rib. Otherwise I'd pop by port Edgar and help with the launching.
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Is it just me or does everyone struggle with the Edgar slip due to the shallow angle. I have to use about 30 ft of line on the trailer as my car would drown. Not one for a single handed launch
Yep..... I dinged my keel even with 30' of rope.....

Not sure what PE would think of this but a couple (maybe longer!) of years ago they asked me to use the old ferry pier (by the lifeboat) as they were resurfacing the slip at the marina. It was fab. Park trailer at an angle, and push the boat over the edge! Not so sure it isn't normally locked for vehicles tho'
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Old 20 February 2012, 10:52   #44
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you find a brand new life boat station built there now! , I believe it's a public slip but was getting repaired due to damage.

I been told this morning - Grangemouth YC slip will be available, Bo'ness too and few others up the river.

This is being organised by connected people in the Yacht Clubs of the Forth, I hoping to get more info by end of week.

So using slips that are not normally open to public might be possible for that weekend!

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Hi All,

Had meeting with Stirling Council, Stirling Rowing Club and others on Friday.

Looking we have 20 inland waterway craft interested + the rib betters. 40 foot barges are going up the river!

www.stirlingcruise.org.uk is up, will be updated as information is known.

A booking system will be up in few weeks, I would be good if I had people willing to do Safety Boat duty.

Safety talks will be arranged April/May for the inland water users.

Yes - you guessed who's been roped into being the point for this!

working on secured launch sites, secure trailer parking and maybe even bus back to cars to those wishing to stay on Saturday night at Stirling rowing club.

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Hi Scott

we are in and dont mind helping where we can. As I said before our shetland 610 might need a bit to much water to get up there but we can take a honwave with a honda 20 on the back.

re saftey dont mind being a safty boat

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Scott, if there are 'big' boats going I'd predict they have greatest potential to get in bother (albeit probably just stuck on mud). Do you really think you need designated safety boats? They'd really need to be able to comfortably tow any of the vessels involved to be of much use. Would it be better to buddy similar sized boats. Also if you appoint safety boats it is a license to everyone else to be a bit lax. One of the larger cruises I was on did have a designated sweeper boat following the fleet with a mechanic on board... although in a much more exposed area than this.
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I here what your saying basic plan...

Slow boat leads - large faster boat at end of fleet.

The boats will eventually self rescue, yes buddy then up is good idea.

We want to make sure if there is an issue, a fast response boat reaches and keeps them out of trouble. - till tow from big boat.

Main issue is - overheating engines !

Also good if any people go MOB....

Basically - the safety boat - is a boat who will 98% commit in attending....we all do self rescue.

Neil if you like to give me a help arranging this it would be great. We have a few good inland water people onboard helping.

We Also have Wheel 10 - at end of June!

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I'm in for a trip up the river and the chance to meet some other local boaters. Got up as far as Cambuskenneth Abbey a few years back. Often thought about having a go at getting past Stirling Bridge.
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I'm in for a trip up the river and the chance to meet some other local boaters. Got up as far as Cambuskenneth Abbey a few years back. Often thought about having a go at getting past Stirling Bridge.
I think it should possible on a high tide, after looking at the bridge on low tide last week.
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I been told there is a weir at some point up river after the railway bridge - I can ask the rowing club for more info - I know at high water we have about 2.4 metres at rowing club...
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Port Edgar should be ok I think for parking up your motorhome, once boat is launched your wife could get in the boat from one of the pontoons just a bit over from the slip. I would be happy to help you with launching your boat etc.

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Cheers Kev that would be a great help to us. We are realy looking forward to this trip (just hope the weather is ok)
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The weir is waaay past the railway bridge - but you need to get under the "original" bridge first.

As Kev says, probably only doable at high tide, will expand the thought more tomorrow....
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I been told we can get up to weir by rowing club! I am not local to that neck of woods...only been in Stirling 5 times in my life! Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle , Stirling Management Centre, Dads Graduation and Last Friday !

Has anybody use South Alloa Slipway?
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Bearing in mind their average scull probably draws about 6" on a bad day.....

To expand:

Streetmap.co.uk- search results for 278882,694995
Ignore the arrow, it's just there to make sure everyting I'm about to talk about is visible!

You can see the railway crossing the river north of the station. There are two road bridges upriver of the rail bridge. The first of these is the "new" bridge carrying the A9. At high tide there is plenty of water to get a rib through both it and the rail bridge. Note the gothic script describing the furthest upriver bridge. This is the one you see on postcards (and the location of a famous battle for the historians amongst you). At low tide you could probably "white water raft" it in an Avon Redstart, high tide I think could be done with outboard fully down.

The weir is somewhere around the island NNE of Jn 10 of the Motorway above Old Mills farm (there's a clue in the name! ) . If you zoom down a level the 1:25K shows it better.
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I been told we can get up to weir by rowing club! I am not local to that neck of woods...only been in Stirling 5 times in my life! Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle , Stirling Management Centre, Dads Graduation and Last Friday !

Has anybody use South Alloa Slipway?
I have used the slip at South Alloa a few times, but is only useable about 2-3 hours before high water and only for about an hour max, after high water as tides goes out fast.
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Sounds like it will be a good trip. We regularly take the Maid of the Forth up as far as the Spingkerse bridge. Water depths shouldn't be a problem - we have found the shallowest bit is between the new Clackmannan bridge and Alloa. - stick to the south bank most of the way up here. Lowest tide I have been up there is about a 4.0m and there is at least 2.5m of water right the way up. Beware though when the tide starts going out it runs like a burn!! We have an evening folk music BBQ cruise heading out from Alloa on the 13th May if anyone wants a chance to see the river before heading up on your own. - and you can have a few pints while 'researching' the route!!

If in doubt about water depths - take it wide on all the corners - a good tip we were given by the local fishermen!! - Enjoy your trip
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had meeting with organisers today - I am now point person ...more details will follow very soon

I have attached picture from the 2009 cruise.

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Hi

there are some big boats on there. maybe my shetland 610 would make it.

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PS will defiantly be there and happy to help in any way we can so please feel free to call/ pm me.
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some more - poster will follow in soon! you see quite big boats !

thanks Dave will call Monday

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