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by DaveS
Thu Aug 31, 2006 7:33 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: heating a small yacht
Replies: 10
Views: 6586

Heating a wee boat

With access to mains I would go for an electric fan heater: cheap, reliable and few hassles, and it can be easily stowed away when cruising. I find I most want heat when tied up to the pontoon, particularly early / late season and especially when the wind comes round to blow in the hatch. Anchored t...
by DaveS
Wed Aug 16, 2006 1:23 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura
Replies: 19
Views: 13381

Transits

The physical transits are right, but the HO doesn't show them in the right place. As for moving the things, they'd need tae be gey hefty fairies: they're cast concrete pillars about 4 foot high - rather like OS trig points in fact, but a bit rougher finished. The "247" transit front marker...
by DaveS
Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura
Replies: 19
Views: 13381

Loch Tarbert transits

Right, after much thrashing about in the bracken I've now got the positions of all 6 beacons fixed by handheld GPS. Guess what? All 3 transits are wrong! I've sent the HO my findings together with a photo of my chart with the corrections added. For the reasons given by Silkie above I'm a bit relucta...
by DaveS
Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Confessions of a fender trailer
Replies: 6
Views: 4176

Lochaline Hotel

You're right about the crew motleyness, but everyone seemed to enjoy it. Excellent service from the Lochaline Hotel, BTW. We were running late on Saturday because of the weather, and gave the hotel a ring as we entered the loch at about 8.30 to let them know that 9 of us were wanting to eat and when...
by DaveS
Wed Aug 09, 2006 6:37 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Confessions of a fender trailer
Replies: 6
Views: 4176

Sound of Mull

Well, we were a good bit later. I'd convinced myself that the windlass battery was low, so we had lunch while it charged. (Wrong diagnosis: on analysing it more logically back at Craobh the fault turned out to be mechanical, not electrical - and it sorted itself out after a bit of persuasion.) Anywa...
by DaveS
Wed Aug 09, 2006 12:12 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Confessions of a fender trailer
Replies: 6
Views: 4176

Confessions of a fender trailer

So there we were on Sunday, happily motor sailing down the Sound of Mull. A weel kent formite hove into view, heading in the opposite direction, and spoke us. What pearls of wisdom were we to receive? General cheery greetings? Compliments on our trum? Na, Na. "A yir fenders is hingin owr ra sid...
by DaveS
Tue Aug 08, 2006 1:12 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Have you ever used a softwood plug?
Replies: 1
Views: 3004

Softwood plugs

To answer the direct question, yes! In fact I do regularly: the two largest from one of these assortment bags are a nice fit in the bottom end of my davits, and I stick them in to stop the tube ends scratching the gelcoat when they're stowed in the store room (or fore cabin as it's technically known...
by DaveS
Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:59 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Avilion's summer cruise - update
Replies: 14
Views: 8308

Coastguard conversations

Not guilty m'lud.

On Sunday I went from Pulldobhraoin to Craobh. Is someone impersonating Avilion? I supose their could be another Avilion, but it's hardly a common name.
by DaveS
Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:54 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Claymore's Summer Cruise
Replies: 3
Views: 4134

Lochaline

My thoughts were the pub for dinner then the WMC for some serious drinking afterwards...
by DaveS
Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:50 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Oot and aboot
Replies: 10
Views: 6845

This weekend

I'm planning to be in Loch Aline on Saturday night - along with a trimiran and 9 assorted mountaineers.
by DaveS
Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:28 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura
Replies: 19
Views: 13381

"Interesting" passages

It depends what you mean by the "final section". I certainly plan to go through the Cumhain Mhor narrows - just past the disputed transit - but I'm not so sure about the tangle of transits to get into the inner, inner loch. I think I'd want company for that so that steering and transit wat...
by DaveS
Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:22 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Claymore's Summer Cruise
Replies: 3
Views: 4134

Summer cruises

Sounds great. We anchored at Plockton for the first time this year - super place. The Stein pub is good and (I'm told) so is the restaurant: which were you in? Should be around Mull this weekend: current plan is to drop off the hillwalking party in Duart Bay on Saturday, recover them from Scallastle...
by DaveS
Mon Jul 31, 2006 4:09 pm
Forum: Talk to Nick and Kathy
Topic: Best wishes
Replies: 1
Views: 2724

Best wishes

I know I'm a day early, but, well...

All the best for the trip - you've put enough work into it to deserve a good time. Did you get your electrics sorted? I felt guilty that I wasn't able to give you a hand. Now, of course, when it's too late I've got much more time available!
by DaveS
Mon Jul 31, 2006 4:00 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Avilion's summer cruise - update
Replies: 14
Views: 8308

Final update

Got back yesterday after the only really unpleasant weather of the trip: motoring to windward in F5/6 from Kerrera to Puilldobhraoin in lashing rain and poor vis. Passing Bach Island I was thinking of a boat whose engine stopped there in similar circumstances a few months ago... The really good news...
by DaveS
Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura
Replies: 19
Views: 13381

Transit

Yes, comparing the two Pilots, I think the CCC version is definitely closer to reality than the BA chart / Lawrence Pilot, and that the actual transit is about 109 rather than 111. The one oddity is that, as I recall it, the cairns are quite a distance apart both vertically and horizontally which co...

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