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Old 26 September 2010, 14:33   #1
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just wanted to share....

So, a question, and comment, as well as 'dabbling in handling a rib' I also teach canoeing, and was fortunate enough to be out on a fabulous 3 day open canoe exped with some 16 year olds doing their DofE exped training this weekend, on Loch Sween ( went one way, into some of the fingers/ faery isles, then down the west side, and round into loch na Cille )

So the question;
anyway, I liked the banter we had on Friday early evening, with the Ribeye, whoever you were, coming out of Tayvallich, - nice.

the comment;
We didn't however like the behaviour of a certain rib ferry that runs up there - cutting the corner between us and the shore, and at one time looking like they were heading straight for us. Its not as though its a heavily used area and restricted in options, and it was just downright - either;

a) bad manners

b) not paying attention to what was in front of you

c) thought it would be fun to cut up a bunch of canoeists

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Old 26 September 2010, 15:01   #2
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There was a thread in YBW forum about how hard it is to see canoes with one idea it to have a high vis pennant showing. Now I can't say if your errant rib driver did not see you but it might be an idea to have a word with him in case it was stupidity instead of ignorance. His next "victims" might not have the skills to come out of it unscathed.

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Old 26 September 2010, 15:23   #3
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Old 28 September 2010, 04:17   #4
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If it's who I think it is (!) I have heard stories before about them driving with a full passenger load, flat out in lumpy seas, with the driver speaking to a potential customer on his mobile phone with one hand and scribbling notes about the deal with the other. Not what most people would consider best practice.

I accept that it can be hard to see canoes in the water - but you do want to hope that the big boat thundering at you is at least keeping a lookout. Fortunately, no accidents this time, but worrying nonetheless
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Old 28 September 2010, 05:12   #5
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Steady boys there is two commercial Redbay 11's working out of tayvallich.
Chris what colour was it? Did it cut the corner at Soron Breith coming out into the main loch. I was up at the week end lovely. What day was this incident?

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