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AllanD

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    Lowland Canals

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  1. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    Over the last few months we had been preparing for a sponsored walk along the full length of the Forth and Clyde Canal. During that time and also the walk itself we witnessed no boat movements at all. We did see a weed cutter along near Old Kilpatrick. On the morning of the walk, Friday 3rd August we did see some efforts to skim the weed from the surface at Bowling Basin. Last Thursday we walked from Maryhill to Speirs Wharf and again the weed growth was evident except for the area immediately in front of the residential moorings.
  2. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    Walked along the Forth Clyde canal Photo takeWaHopefully T Taken this morning on Forth Clyde canal just east of Maryhill Locks. Weed buildup is evident.
  3. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    That's encouraging to hear. Thanks.
  4. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    Had a walk along the Forth Clyde canal today from Wynford Lock down past the Falkirk Wheel to lock14. Stopped for a bite to eat and watched the Wheel rotate. Only boat movements I saw was the Wheel trip boat, a Seagull Trust trip boat and one hired boat coming through lock 16. Very quiet for the holiday period with no private craft appearing to be on the move. Is this a sign of things to come?
  5. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    Sorry for straying off topic.
  6. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    At Drumnadrochit we were Moored in the faraway corner on the same side as the Lifeboat Station. The moorings filled up in the course of the day and was quite tight when we were leaving the following morning. One nervous private owner came out to check that I didn't bump into their boat. I let all ropes go except for the aft starboard spring and with engaging astern our bow swung slowly to port easily clearing the craft opossite. Into neutral and engaging ahead, we left the Harbour with a "well driven" by the onlooker.
  7. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    No bow thruster needed when you know how to use fore and aft warping techniques learned over a number of years.
  8. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    6 berth dual position motor cruiser. I was a little dismayed that I did not see many yachts under sail even on the wide open spaces of Loch Ness and Loch Lochy.
  9. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    Had a wonderful week on a cruiser from Le Boat at Laggan. Beyond my expectations.
  10. AllanD

    Fridges

    Our hire boat from West Highland Sailing at Laggan last week was fitted with a Waeco crx50 if that's any help. It ran fine all week on 12v. I would think that hire companies use well proven equipment.
  11. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    How true, Jokar. When came up the flight in Fort Augustus last week we shared the locks with 5 other vessels. One was a Dutch couple in a hired cruiser, one was an English crew also in a hired cruiser, one yacht was crewed by guys from Northern Ireland and 2 yachts crewed by Europeans circumnavigating Britain. A route via the Forth Clyde, Crinan and Caledonian canals would surely be a good thing.
  12. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    There are some weirs which would hinder you. The first one you would encounter going up river is in Glasgow city centre at Glasgow Green. You travel by canoe and indulge in portage around the weirs.
  13. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    Used to cruise the Clyde with the RNXS in the late 70's and early 80's. Loch Goil and Carrick Castle was my favorite location but the trip through the Kyles and up to Inveraray was always spectacular especially in the frosty winter days.
  14. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    Hi Jokar, we got our boat from Le Boat at Laggan and we're given the cruise map which would appear to be that one from Caley Cruisers. You can download it from the internet. The charts show all the navigation buoys and approaches you will need. There are no mooring fees for hire craft at Urquhart Harbour but I believe that private craft need to pay the £10 fee for 24hrs. Vistor moorings are shown on the chart indicating facilities such shore power, toilets etc. Anything else I can help you with, just let me know. Enjoy.
  15. AllanD

    Forth and Clyde Closure

    Hi Jokar, enjoy your time on the Caledonian Canal. I was there last week and it was totally different from any inland boating I have experienced. The secret, I believe is to set your body clock to "Highland Time", sit back and relax.
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