With the kayak sold,a replacement sourced, a family outing was on the cards. There was no better choice of location than the calm water of Loch Eck for the first family voyage.
Eager to get out in the newly acquired SIB (Soft Inflatable Boat), the forecast wasn’t looking promising…..especially for the afternoon.
Up till now any water based activities were done with the kayak, maybe covering anything from 6 to 14 miles, taking in the scenery. Today we covered just under 36 miles (31nm) in 3 hours, that’s a lot of scenery to take in!!
We set off and returned to Strachur, taking in the Creggans Inn before tying up at the pontoon.
As much as I enjoyed taking to the water in my Kayak, the reality is that any more than an hour in the seat gives my back grief!
I started to look at open canoes, at least they offered some wriggle room. But these aren’t ideal for one but could allow the family to join in…..but would they paddle?
Then I remembered meeting with a SIB owner at the caravan park north of Oban. A SIB (Soft Inflatable Boat) is an inflatable boat that can pack into the car and can take an outboard motor.
That had me browsing the usual places checking out what was what. I joined the Rib.net forum where information is readily available, if not from historical posts through the ever so helpful members.
So having identified a complete outfit I set off on my 800 mile round trip and arrived back with this…….
The 3.8mtr boat weighs in at just under 50kg, as does the 20hp 4st Honda outboard.
The inflatable floor goes to 0.8 bar so is almost rigid, the V shaped hull helps in the rough stuff.
SOLD Selling my Venture Easky Sea/Touring Kayak.
Excellent primary and secondary stability. Plenty of storage and the drop down skeg aids tracking.
Comes with original log book. Has always been stored in garage between use. Usual launch and landing marks on underside.
Comes with additional deck storage pod.
-Werner Tybee ( carbon shaft, nylon/carbon blades). Adjustable feather, left or right handed. Splits for transport.
-Lomo trolley ( cradle/wheels set up ).
-Lomo neoprene spray deck.
-Peak Nylon spray deck.
-Hand bilge pump.
-Peak Symbiant WW buoyancy aid M/L ( chest pocket zip jammed shut). This is an overhead style.
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Boat Data HERE
A forecast for a dry evening and morning led to a mid week outing to Glen Fyne, making sure I was back for work at 09:00hrs.
By the time I’d finished work, packed up my gear into my panniers and cycled the 7 miles to Glen Fyne it was almost 20:00hrs. A quick clear of the forest floor then up with the tent.
Due to the previous wet spell I took a fire log, some kindling and some peat. The forest floor was carpeted with moss, so scraping this back and using stone from the river to build a base and surround. This would ensure I could remove everything in the morning and reinstate the moss carpet, leaving no trace.
The fire kept the midgies at bay, in the morning it was a different matter!
Some pics and video of site and tent setup.
The normal format for the annual Clyde Swim is to leave Dunoon in RIB’s and head to the Cloch lighthouse on the eastern shore. The swimmers disembark into the Clyde and make the return journey under their own steam, landing at the West Bay,Dunoon.
This year, due to the weather forecast a change of plan was required. The chosen start point was Seal Rock, just north of the Balaclava Garage. This guaranteed that the usual 1.6 nautical miles were covered and the finishing point stayed as originally planned.
I volunteered to help out with the support for the event. Basically getting in the kayak to help keep an eye on the participants, should they require assistance.
Some footage from the kayak at the start.
Huge congratulations to all taking part and a huge well done to those that organised and helped on the day.
Being fortunate enough to receive a voucher for a Sea Plane tour leaving from Loch Lomond let me see Cowal (and beyond) from a totally different perspective.
The weather was dry, with a cloud base down to 400 mts in some areas. The flight route we took was Loch Lomond over to Loch Long, passing over the Waverly for some aerial photographs. Followed by a tour of the Holy Loch then heading through Glenlean to the Kyles of Bute, passing over Tarbert, Crinan and out toward Jura and Islay.The return route was via Lochgilphead,Portavadie , The Kyles of Bute, Colintaive, Toward Point then north taking in the Firth of Clyde before returning to Loch Lomond.
A fantastic way to see Cowal and it’s surroundings, West is definitely the best.
Below are only a few pictures taken on the day…………….