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Re: Heading west

Postby Clyde_Wanderer » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:22 am

So_Sage_of_Lorne wrote:
Clyde_Wanderer wrote:.
Thanks, S_S_O_L, we could probably meet up for a pint, if we are not pushing to do it in a day., C_W


The idea of a pint whilst attractive initself, was not the basis of the offer. Having done the transit a few times, the addition of a shore party with mountain bike to prepare the next lock and take shore lines ensures a speedy passage however, the Crinan can be frought with unexpected hazards such as drone ships. It is said that it is best to ensure that the helm has "been" should the skipper wish to disembark for a brief period.

The problem I have is mathmatical, I have the followwing equasion to contemplate:-

a+b+c+d+e=???

Mountain Bike = a

Canal tow path = b

succesful transit =c

pint = d

Clyde Wanderer and the inevitable poteen =e



:lol: :lol: That adds up nicely, and yes I hope to be carrying some of that special alternative fuel (=e) with me, especially intended for just those kind of occasions, even works on the bike. :lol:
Thanks again.
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Re: Heading west

Postby Clyde_Wanderer » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:27 am

Nick wrote:.
Click the picture to go to Amazon to buy it.

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The only publication to give anchoring / going ashore details for every island. Not a substitute for a pilot, but essential if you want to explore the lesser-known islands.


Thanks for that Nick, will order it up as soon.
Which pilot publication would you reccomend to accompany it?
Thanks also to you all for your replies.
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Re: Heading west

Postby Fingal » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:44 am

Clyde_Wanderer wrote:Which pilot publication would you reccomend to accompany it?
Thanks also to you all for your replies.
C_W

Some swear by the CCC sailing directions, Kintyre to Ardnamurchan is the one for that area. I'm a big fan of Martin Lawrence's 'Yachtsman's Pilot' series; the volume you need used to be called Crian to Canna but the current edition is called Waters Around Mull or somesuch. Ideally one would have both but at £25 a throw that's quite a lot of beer.
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Re: Heading west

Postby Mark » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:51 am

My ramblings may or may not give you some ideas:

http://fattie.freehostia.com/KnotPilot/

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Re: Heading west

Postby Telo » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:45 pm

In addition to the Clyde Cruising Club (my first preference) and Martin Lawrence, you can easily download the free NGA Sailing Directions, published by the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. These SDs are very good.

You probably won't need the whole caboodle. so you can print off and laminate the pages you need. The The Mull of Kintyre to the Ross of Mull section is about 16 pages long. There is a lot of information in there and it includes some surprisingly small and out of the way anchorages.

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Re: Heading west

Postby Clyde_Wanderer » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:15 pm

Well Thanks again guys for your excellent help.
A couple of us are toying with the idea of maybe moving from crinnan to Ardfern or oban or even heading up Shuna sound to find an anchorage in around Seil or Torsa, (assuming that the Cuan sound is ok for passing through) before heading across to Mull.
I have now purchased the CCCpart 2 and ordered up SC5611 folio as I find these easy to use for chart work as the relevent sheets can be stacked or set in order of need, with the present one on one side and the next one on the other side of the envelope.
I am also going to purchase the Scottish Islands.
Thanks Markie, and Shard for the useful links.
Incidently how is Puilladobhrain for sheltered anchoring?
And last but not least, is there any good easy accessable pollack fishing around that area, ie some where with large beds of red kelp close to a safe anchorage?
Cheers, C_W.

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Re: Heading west

Postby Mark » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:41 pm

Clyde_Wanderer wrote:Incidently how is Puilladobhrain for sheltered anchoring?


Based on one night there, perfect shelter, sticky mud.

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Re: Heading west

Postby sahona » Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:03 am

one of my favourite places, just check where the rocks are on the way in.
Do you have CMap at home?
http://trooncruisingclub.org/ 20' - 30' Berths available, Clyde.
Cruising, racing, maintenance facilities. Go take a look, you know you want to.

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Re: Heading west

Postby Clyde_Wanderer » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:07 pm

Do you have CMap at home?[/quote]

I am afraid I dont have as of yet Bill.
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Re: Heading west

Postby Shuggy » Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:33 am

Clyde_Wanderer wrote:I am also going to purchase the Scottish Islands.


Thought about it myself, but the credit crunch put paid to any hopes of a cheap mortgage. :lol:
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Re: Heading west

Postby Clyde_Wanderer » Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:00 pm

Shuggy, Little Cumbrae might come on the market again, perhaps cheaper than the £3000000 it was up for before.
What about all us forumites getting together and buying it? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Heading west

Postby Clyde_Wanderer » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:51 pm

Another question or 20.
I think its called Balvicar bay? on the east side of seil, is there any anchorage there with reasonable depts for fin keelers?
To anchor there would save the further trip around to Puilladrobhain if intending to go for a pint or 20 in the T A T.
Unfortunatly the CCC guide doesent make any refference to Balvicar or the bay near it, although it does name it on the road atlas. :oops:
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Re: Heading west

Postby Shuggy » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:32 am

Nick would know... I've picked up a visitor's buoy there but have never anchored. I don't think there's a lot of room round the moorings. You could be brave and go up the inside to the bridge, but it's pretty shallow. And you would need to go back down again the next day to get the Cuan. Sorry this is a short reply; I'm trying to see whether I've got £3 million in change in my piggy bank. If not, I'll have to raid the children's.
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Re: Heading west

Postby Nick » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:03 am

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The bay is a bit congested for anchoring, but if it is reasonable weather you can anchor up at the top of Seil Sound just before it narrows into Clachan Sound in 6-8 metres. Exposed SE to SW, otherwise OK.

Nearer the pub - you can take the dinghy up.
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Re: Heading west

Postby Telo » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:26 pm

Not a criticism, but just an idle thought; what value would C-Map have coming into Puilladobhrain?

If you follow the transits on entry then you're probably no more than about 2 or 3m off the obvious rock on the port side; in such close quarters, surely the transits, plus a sharp lookout and exercising judgement would be better than using a GPS plotter?


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