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by pagoda
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Interesting plans from Calmac
Replies: 11
Views: 527

Re: Interesting plans from Calmac

Is it true that Western receive no subsidy, but run as an independent commercial enterprise? Allegedly the owners of Western Ferries said that if his company received the same grant as Calmac they could run their service for free... BTW, I had a huge, tasty steak pie on the Calmac ferry today..you ...
by pagoda
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Interesting plans from Calmac
Replies: 11
Views: 527

Re: Interesting plans from Calmac



Yes, that was a bit unfortunate. However most Calmac routes don't have to deal with Kyle Rhea tides!
by pagoda
Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Interesting plans from Calmac
Replies: 11
Views: 527

Re: Interesting plans from Calmac

Interesting times indeed.. As a regular user of Calmac/ CSPCo and MacBraynes over the last 55 years, a rejig of the fleet management and infrastructure makes some sense. I've seen something of the Norwegian and Danish ferry system as well. One lingering impression of the Calmac empire is that the or...
by pagoda
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Any news from the west?
Replies: 17
Views: 854

Re: Any news from the west?

I support local boats using these new facilities. I have a vague memory somewhere of seeing a locals price list (unsure where, but this year. Possibly Lochmaddy?) where I figured that a local could keep a boat there for a year from about the price of a visitor berth for a few days. But there should...
by pagoda
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Any news from the west?
Replies: 17
Views: 854

Re: Any news from the west?

As Marisaca points out ----Where I see a problem arising, as it has elsewhere, is that local boats will occupy most of the berths and because it is a safe space there will be more of them. Thus the moans about space availability will start from those expecting Solent marina style facilities. I under...
by pagoda
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Port Bannatyne update
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: Port Bannatyne update

Glad you got away with it.

We call the hoolie that often blows through Rothesay and Port Bannatyne Bay "The Rothesay Hurricane". The rest of around Bute can be quite OK, but that patch off Rothesay towards Ardyne can be horrible!
by pagoda
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Port Bannatyne update
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: Port Bannatyne update

It's not one of these :anchor !!

Just an unexpectedly useful bit of good holding in a place I'd never tried :thumbsup:
by pagoda
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Port Bannatyne update
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Port Bannatyne update

For those of you not doing Facebook.... We came down from Rhu to Port Bannatyne last night. Intended to use the Marina as the forecast wasn't nice. The marina looked very busy and as it was blowing 25+ we thought stuff it we'll anchor. We went about 100m North of the entrance - past a ferrocement bo...
by pagoda
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: South and West this time
Replies: 7
Views: 1951

Re: South and West this time

Did the South and West part then North and West, and finally East. We took 7 1/2 weeks doing Ireland Clockwise. Could have done it quicker but the concepts of rushing and Ireland do not go well together. The East coast is a little boring, despite doing Belfast and Dublin. Abercorn in Belfast is hand...
by pagoda
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: South and West this time
Replies: 7
Views: 1951

Re: South and West this time

Heading off in the next few days. Belfast first then Peel IOM , then Dublin +- then south and west. We have a new Knox (tested OK so far) to replace a Bruce look alike. It is at least of local provenance. We had a Manson on our previous boat, which worked well even through tides. The Knox looks the ...
by pagoda
Thu May 10, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: South and West this time
Replies: 7
Views: 1951

South and West this time

Some years past we did the North Antrim coast - round Malin Head and into Lough Swilly. A bonny bit of coast and a good time ashore here and there. We didn't have time for any more West in Donegal. Work! No longer. We have 5 to 7 weeks to go round the whole of Ireland -clockwise this time. June into...
by pagoda
Fri May 04, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket
Replies: 6
Views: 1644

Re: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket

My thoughts exactly. The Webasto was almost 10 years old . Repair was looking at >£500+ . The rest of the heater would still have been almost 10 years old.
A whole new heater for <£500 was the sensible choice I reckon.
by pagoda
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket
Replies: 6
Views: 1644

Heating, not burning holes in your pocket

After reading about how Eber and Webasto have been dominating the market for years, and charging very much top dollar for it I had a fatal problem with our 10 year old Webasto air top 5000. Cost to fix >£400. Still would be a 10 year old bit of kit. After some considerable digging around , considere...
by pagoda
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Ignorance
Replies: 12
Views: 3004

Re: Ignorance

We came to Lerwick from Haugesund, arriving in unreal (for Shetland) 22C weather. Several Norwegian boats around and a couple from Faeoe & Germany . And one or two other UK registered. Fair Isle had one Norwegian boat and us, nobody else. They went back to Shetland. Kirkwall had a broader mix of...
by pagoda
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Ignorance
Replies: 12
Views: 3004

Re: Ignorance

I have visited both Shetland and Orkney (and Fair Isle) so I have a good idea where they are. :) (Decent distance from the Clyde- or Norway) Perhaps not everybody should be visiting, they would be over-run, but Bluemoment folk certainly should try to have a trip up there at some point. The BBC attit...

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