Loch Lomond

rick.jones's picture

Suggested by Pat Saddler

I have enjoyed the scenery and exploring the islands. One of them is reputed to have a colony of wallabies on it!

There is a slip at Duncan Mills Memorial. You need to be registered with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority. They produce an excellent 'Guide to Navigation' that has now superseded the Admiralty chart that was over 100 years old. There are three marinas on the loch: Cameron House, Duck Bay and Adlui at the north end of the loch. How about July or August 2016?

Please let us know if you would be interested in attending this event, and if so what dates would suit you best.

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

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rick.jones's picture

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We have now set the dates for this event: 2nd - 9th July.

Please indicate here if you are interested in joining this event on these dates.

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

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If you have any questions about using your Mac on Loch Lomond, post them here or contact me directly.

Pat Saddler
GladNick 26M

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I know this event is a while away yet, but if you plan to sail on Loch Lomond it's best to get your Mac registered in advance. Fees are very reasonable, e.g. annual 'voluntary' fee is £30, and a launch & retrieval at Duncan Mills Slipway is £15. Every powered craft needs a registration number, so if you carry a motor for your tender you'll need to register that too:

"It is a legal requirement that all owners of all motorised crafts on Loch Lomond register their craft with Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority and display the registration number on their craft."

Click HERE to visit the boat registration website for Loch Lomond.

There is also an official 'Loch Lomond Navigation Guide' comprising detailed maps showing depths and hazards in Loch Lomond. It costs £12 but doesn't appear to be available via their web-shop on the page I've linked to above. It's available to purchase from the National Park Rangers, at the same time as registering your boat(s).

National Park Rangers-Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway
(for boat registration & Navigation guide enquiries)
tel: 01389 722030
email: boatregistration@lochlomond-trossachs.org

As my dad has said, feel free to ask us any questions- we have had GladNick on Loch Lomond a number of occasions.

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Count me in if somebody needs a crewmate!

Off to pay my subs now....................

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Not much interest shown shown so far in taking the High Road (or even the Low Road) to Loch Lomond in July this year. Would a second visit (say August) suit better? Fresh air, fresh water, stunning scenery and a superb slip - what more could a mac owner ask fro?

P@ S.

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Sorry I cannot do Loch Lomond at this time . We are staying in Holland too long. I am thinking of trying there later this summer to give my young grand children a taste of boating. No further plan yet for Rahui. All the best
Anneke

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Hi
Is the Loch Lomond Rally still going ahead. I would definitely be interested depending on dates.
Regards
Jim Rotheram Pen Gwyn

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The dates in the early part of July were suggested by me as they coincide with the start of the Scottish School holidays. As I have now decided to retire from teaching at the end of June (after 38 years!), I am not constrained by dates. If any later dates would suit other interested boats, put your thoughts into a forum post and we'll see what we can arrange.

Pat Saddler
GladNick 26M

quentin.sands's picture

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Hi Pat, I definitely cannot do the dates as published but would be interested if they were moved to somewhere between the 10th July and 24th July . Even if the dates were moved, I cannot be sure that I could attend (hard to be precise about my chances) but I can be sure I would give it my best shot. I think August is quite congested with events already. Jim R is more constrained by holidays so might have already pencilled in the earlier dates. Jim?

Quentin Sands

Mrs MacGregor 26C

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Hi Quentin,
I agree that August is congested. I am in the happy position of having retired so have much more availability. I am hoping to do the Poole and Dartmouth rallies. Chris is interested in Loch Lomond (it doesn't have tides and storms and lifeboats) so I'm waiting for him to come back to me with dates. To be honest I wouldn't mind going up in June even on my own. Can you not throw a sicky?
Regards
Jim

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Ahh retirement. Do you mean Poole, Dartmouth AND Plymouth? Unfortunately my sicky quota is used up. It would be good to see Chris again - facing his demons.

Quentin Sands

Mrs MacGregor 26C

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Hi Quentin
I'm hoping to be a definite for Poole and Dartmouth. I've been holding back re confirming as I broke my arm in Feb. Re Loch Lomond: Chris's participation may be constrained by 'er indoors so I'm still waiting for him to confirm.
Pat: if I were to go up in June would you be about? If not, would you have any suggestions as to launching sites?
Regards
Jim

Apologies for taking so long

Apologies for taking so long to reply. The slip at the south end of the loch (Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway) is the best I've ever used. The car wheels barely get wet as the boat floats off the trailer. You need to register all powered craft - this includes your tender if it has an outboard. The registration is free but it will cost a few pounds to get your registration number displayed on two boards attached to your boat.

The total advised cost for using the slip is £18 in total for launch and recovery (one fee only).

There is another slip at the north end of the loch at Ardlui Marina but the road there does not favour long trailers.

PM me if you require a quicker reply. Sorry for the delay again.

P@ S

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I'm not sure from what's been

I'm not sure from what's been posted if anyone is actually going to Loch Lomond this week! (Not me I'm afraid, much too far...)

If anyone is going (maybe just Pat/Mark & Jim?) then have a good time. Remember to take lots of pics and put them on the web site! Create a gallery if you can rather than just posting attachments here.

Fair winds

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

Just a few comments that may

Just a few comments that may help first time visitors:-

Duck Bay whilst called a "Marina" only has a rather nasty scaffold based jetty that would be difficult to moor against without damage.

The public piers at Luss, Tarbert, Inveruglas are always open to visitors and have nice coffee shops etc.

Macfarlanes yard, Balmaha, do have limited visitor moorings and the Oak Inn there is very nice.

You can visit Inchmurrin island ( the largest ) it boasts a hotel with restaurant.

Several other islands ( Esp Inchmoan) have excellent sandy beaches ideal for Mac's to visit

Hope some of this helps we may be there for quite a few days this week so don't hesitate to contact

David Waite. Somerled 26X Qwaite@aol.com. 07809 448876

Great to 'bump into' David at

Great to 'bump into' David at Luss on Tuesday for our Mac Mini Meet. Some photos to follow in a few days.

The weather was mixed. The wind always seemed to be on the nose but the enjoyment was as great as ever.

The water level on the loch was the lowest I had ever experienced so a keen lookout needed to be kept for gravel spits that the Mac could normally clear with ease were there to catch you out.

If you are still interested in sailing on Loch Lomond, please drop me a private message and we'll see if we can fit in another trip.

Pat Saddler

GladNick 26M

Please see Rick's request to

Please see Rick's request to put photos into a gallery.

Also please volunteer someone to write an article for the next issue (October) with some photos, please send me the text separate from the photos.

Thanks

Liz

Hi Patrick and David

Hi Patrick and David

Glad to read that somebody went to the Loch Lomond rally. Having just rolled Rahui out of the shed, I am planning to try and find somewhere on Loch Lomond to keep her for a month or two. That's the nearest from home to be able to nip down for a day now and then.

I see online that McFarlanes at Balmaha do dry berthing. Have either of you been there to see what their slip and marina is like? I also looked at Floetrees at Balloch on the Leven but cannot work out whether they are behind a bridge and I want to keep my mast up. It looks full of little motorboats. I will phone both but it is nice to get some idea from someone who has been there.

Thanks

Anneke

Hi Anneke,

Hi Anneke,

The slip at Macfarlanes is rather ridden with hidden potholes. At least it was 4 years ago. However there is some hard standing there and it's a nice location. There's not a Marina (as such ) it's more of a boatyard. The Duncan Mills Memorial Slip at Balloch is one of the best I've ever encountered.

Most of the available space at Balloch is downstream of the bridge. Not ideal.

Cameron House is expensive but they may have short term deals. Message me separately on Qwaite@aol.com and I can give you a contact there. You can always ask!!!

Good luck searching

You could always try from the

You could always try from the other end. The marina at Ardlui on the northern shores of the loch has a slipway (not nearly as good as Duncan Mills Memorial slip at Balloch) but also a crane if needed. It would be closer to you and it may have space in its marina. The road to Ardlui from Crianlarich is one I would trail a boat on - but I definitely would avoid towing between Tarbert and Ardlui as the road is narrow and constrained by rock faces on one side and the loch on the other.

Let us know how you get on with your search.

Pat Saddler

GladNick 26M

Off to Loch Lomond tomorrow

Off to Loch Lomond tomorrow to launch at Balloch! I bit the bullet and have a berth on the beakwater at Cameron House. No power or water but can go and charge up if I really need it. This is a better option for me as I want to have the grandchildren on board and can drive down and step on board. I may leave it there for August and September. Thanks for your information David and Patrick, I decided against McFarlanes and Ardlui is in the wrong direction as my son lives at Auchterarder.

Cheers

Anneke

Rahui 26X