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PostSubject: A wee hols in the Firth of Clyde   Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:07 am

Guys and Gals

I'm thinking of putting my boat into the Firth of Clyde for a few weeks over the summer period to enjoy some different vistas and ales.

It's been a long time since I boated on the Firth, and I'd welcome any recommendations of where to go, where to stay (anchor / moor / marina) along with places/things to avoid.

I was thinking of moving the boat to Rhu as a base, and work from there and I intend to stay on the boat (not sleep ashore), so accommodation is not an issue.

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Kenny
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PostSubject: Re: A wee hols in the Firth of Clyde   Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:28 am

We had two years on the Clyde in out 25ft boat..

  • Loch Goilhead is nice, visitor moorings just off the shop

    Colintraive.. visitor moorings for those using the hotel

    Dunoon, very friendly marina.. and good services


Our favourites were..

  • Portavadie... brand new marina.. half empty.. best facilaties I have ever seen.. would put Cameron to shame..

    Otter Ferry.. visitor moorings for those using the restaurant.. (floating jetty for visitors).. tranquil spot.

    Tarbet Loch Fynne.. but not when the Scottish Series is on...

    Loch Ranza Arran.. visitor moorings and jetty... beautiful place.


Avoid the following..

Lamlash and Rothesay vistor berths and moorings unless you want a sleepless night... (you might be lucky though)



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PostSubject: Re: A wee hols in the Firth of Clyde   Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:51 am

Kip Marina is good to use as a base & has good facilities & nice restaurant. The new marina at Portavadie is cracking but is a bit out of the way to use as a base. Taking a cruise round the top of Arran & down the Kilbrannan sound is stunning, Mountains at Arran & beautiful beaches down the Kintyre, My dad lives in Campbelltown & has a mooring at the sailing club there, All brand new moorings as well
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PostSubject: Re: A wee hols in the Firth of Clyde   Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:06 am

...and now to ask an interesting (begging) question.


I don't have a trailer for my current boat (Bayliner 245 @ 25' 1"), but all my other boats before hand were trailered. Thus to get my boat onto the Clyde I could either get someone to move it for me (got a quote for that today), or I could borrow a suitable trailer from some kind soul and move it myself (after hiring a suitable vehicle - as I sold my old 4x4 tow vehicle after I purchased the current boat).

So, does anyone have a suitable trailer that I could "borrow" in exchange for beer/wine/chocolate/money etc? And even better a tow vehicle to go along with it!! (Chancing my luck on that one).

The trailer & tow car must be able to handle 3000kg +

I'd only need it on 2 days in either early June or late July/early August and I am going to/from Rhu marina.

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PostSubject: Re: A wee hols in the Firth of Clyde   Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:26 pm

Kenny,

Happy to help you and we can use my L200 to move it.

How far is it to Rhu ?


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PostSubject: Sailing   Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:08 pm

Last weekend my mate took us sailing in his 30ft yacht from Largs, headed out in the sunshine on Friday at 5pm, 4 hours later and 40 bottles of beer lighter all 4 of us arrived at Rothsay for the night, due to tides we tied up to a floating mooring and headed into town in style in the tender. Any way managed to make it back safely and wake up alive and well, coffee and sausage roll at 8am, sailing by 9am no hangover or pitty allowed after 4 hours sleep, headed up the Kyles of Bute some stunning scenery all by sail as well is a different experience. Headed back south towards Arran then nipped in between little Cumbrae and Millport back in port for 5pm, 8 hours of sailing with some choppy seas and amazing scenery, i enjoyed both the sailing and not being land locked, Ireland next time i think, my skipper for the day has said that Portavadie is a great place to stay, as i lived in Rhu for 10 years and know the marina pretty well and would say yes its a good base for you Cool
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