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by Alan_D
Thu May 07, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Tip of the Week
Topic: Fixing a hole in a boat
Replies: 12
Views: 1275

Re: Fixing a hole in a boat

I've realised a potential snag. In some parts of the world, there's a tiny fish that has a habit of swimming up what can only be described as "yer jap's eye" and causes all sorts of internal mayhem. Don't know if they have it in Stornoway, but if so, it could be pooo-er, very pooo-er. I s...
by Alan_D
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Where Am I?
Replies: 30
Views: 3164

Re: Where Am I?

BlowingOldBoots wrote:A good anchorage, name the bay, what is the significance of the cottages regarding the anchorage.

Could it be Gometra (South) Harbour? If so the cottages were once occupied by boatmen who rowed passengers ashore to Staffa from the MacBrayne's steamer. (A journey I undertook as a child about 1955.)
by Alan_D
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Where Am I?
Replies: 30
Views: 3164

Re: Where Am I?

Yes indeed it is the Mississippi. The very end of it. Technically, I was looking for the start State and the end State, Minnesota and Louisiana respectively, but it’s been a long haul getting here. Thanks everyone. Ah, but then we could have had an argument about whether the river was actually the ...
by Alan_D
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Where Am I?
Replies: 30
Views: 3164

Re: Where Am I?

American Pie - must be the Mississippi. I thought it looked tantalisingly familiar - I've flown over the Mississippi delta and the ship channel (in an airliner).
by Alan_D
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: A riddle
Replies: 18
Views: 2067

Re: A riddle

I agree with solwaycruiser, the water level will go down. While on board, the anchor will contribute to the overall displacement of the vessel, and will displace its own weight of water. Once it is overboard it will displace its own volume of water, which is obviously less than its own weight of wat...
by Alan_D
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: A Change of Underpants Required After Entering Ardrossan Harbour
Replies: 4
Views: 2667

Re: A Change of Underpants Required After Entering Ardrossan Harbour

Having just read the MAIB report on the sinking of a moored yacht in Cowes by an out-of-control ferry see HERE, I wonder if there is anywhere in our neck of the woods where something similar might happen.
by Alan_D
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Cleit cardinal and Claymore's Rock
Replies: 19
Views: 8944

Re: Cleit cardinal and Claymore's Rock

Marking hazards makes it easier to keep a boat out of danger, but is that a good thing? Should standards of seamanship be such that unmarked hazards can always be easily avoided, even in fog and with the electronics down? Would it make the game more "sporting" to add more hazards (column ...
by Alan_D
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Sad coincidence?
Replies: 13
Views: 4046

Re: Sad coincidence?

A really shouldna hae tried the Latin. It's no jist suspect, but richt keech. When I gied up the Latin at the end o ma seccant year at the big schail in 1966 a goat a final exam mark o 2% ... :oops: I originally wrote "... but your Latin is sh1te", but changed it before I posted in case I...
by Alan_D
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Sad coincidence?
Replies: 13
Views: 4046

Re: Sad coincidence?

Sad to hear that. O tempori o mortes and all that. Your sentiments are laudable but your Latin is suspect. Cicero's often-quoted words "O tempora, o mores." mean "O the times! O the customs!", or more idiomatically "What times! What customs!" and have nothing to do wit...
by Alan_D
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Petition
Replies: 6
Views: 2783

Re: Petition

The geographical "heat map" is interesting, particularly if you set it to show percentage of the electorate rather than raw numbers.
by Alan_D
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: New Broadblue website
Replies: 3
Views: 3745

Re: New Broadblue website

Assuming that you are being sarky, 1900 odd views doesn't seem to me to betoken a lack of interest. I don't think you should equate lack of response with lack of interest, either to this post or the site in general. I don't imagine I am the only regular visitor here who only posts when he thinks he ...
by Alan_D
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Port Bannatyne update
Replies: 11
Views: 6969

Re: Port Bannatyne update

The question being "Can you imagine sailing up the East Kyle in anything other than a Claymore.....?" Shame, I have great pics of that very activity in ideal conditions, but haven't done anything to replace photobucket yet... It's time these forum platforms caught up with the other soc me...
by Alan_D
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Oban Bay Safety Improvement starts 22nd Oct
Replies: 2
Views: 4671

Re: Oban Bay Safety Improvement starts 22nd Oct

Calmac's published winter timetable has the first sailing from Craignure at 0900 (0800 on Mondays) and the last departure from Oban at 1600 (later at weekends). Has something changed? The Muileachs would be able to leave earlier and return later if they were willing to travel via Lochaline or Kilcho...

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