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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Sailing West Coast of Scotland real life experiences please

    Quote Originally Posted by moomba View Post
    this summer was nearly 5 weeks on the trot of wall to wall sunshine , very very rare temps drop to 7 degrees in fact I would question this on were and when that temp was recorded.
    Best weather May to early July , then Rainy August kicks in
    this summer was an exception, like 1976. Usually May and June are decent weather, though less reliable in recent years. . I have had late May sailing in bright sunshine between Bute and Loch Fyne, with an air temperature of 2 to 4C. Glorious, but Baltic!

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Sailing West Coast of Scotland real life experiences please

    If you like cool weather sailing, try the north. In July 2017 we had several days in Shetland when we could "see our breath", so, presumably, about 7˚ or less. This was during the day, but it didn't really become noticeably colder at night.
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    Default Re: Sailing West Coast of Scotland real life experiences please

    Quote Originally Posted by rotrax View Post
    Correct. We spent 6 weeks in the Clyde 2014, late June early July.

    It was 7 degrees C in mid July!
    Actually, I think that photograph was taken around about that time of year. You notice the absence of pack ice and polar bears.

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    Default Re: Sailing West Coast of Scotland real life experiences please

    Quote Originally Posted by Sgeir View Post
    If you like cool weather sailing, try the north. In July 2017 we had several days in Shetland when we could "see our breath", so, presumably, about 7˚ or less. This was during the day, but it didn't really become noticeably colder at night.
    Perhaps by that time you were too numb with cold to feel the temperature drop yet further?

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Sailing West Coast of Scotland real life experiences please

    Quote Originally Posted by lpdsn View Post
    Actually, I think that photograph was taken around about that time of year. You notice the absence of pack ice and polar bears.
    This was June, no polar bears:

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    Default Re: Sailing West Coast of Scotland real life experiences please

    Sublime , chust sublime as Para Handy would say.

    One summer's cruising on the West coast and I was hooked.

    16 cruising years later I am still at it.
    Monkey patching programmer [retired ]

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    Default Re: Sailing West Coast of Scotland real life experiences please

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    Perhaps by that time you were too numb with cold to feel the temperature drop yet further?
    We had Count von Eberspächer with us....
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    Default Re: Sailing West Coast of Scotland real life experiences please

    Good resource is the Bluemoment forum. I see that several regulars have posted on this thread but a visit to the website would link to articles and members there could give you links to v useful blogs

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    Default Re: Sailing West Coast of Scotland real life experiences please

    One thing to remember is thought the tidal range is not too high (3m+ in Clyde, 4m+ outside MOK), many of the anchorages are in areas with quite steep sides, so you often end up anchoring in 8m-15m of water. When I re-equpped my yacht with an electric windlass, I was recommended to get 50m of chain. On the one time you get caught in a blow, you will be glad you have all the amount available.

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    Default Re: Sailing West Coast of Scotland real life experiences please

    Quote Originally Posted by Martin&Rene View Post
    One thing to remember is thought the tidal range is not too high (3m+ in Clyde, 4m+ outside MOK), many of the anchorages are in areas with quite steep sides, so you often end up anchoring in 8m-15m of water. When I re-equpped my yacht with an electric windlass, I was recommended to get 50m of chain. On the one time you get caught in a blow, you will be glad you have all the amount available.
    Agree on anchor chain though we carry 80m and often wish We had 100m. If going to Scotland the strategy of downsizing chain link size but increasing specification and chain length works well. Result is more chain for anchoring but no weight increase in the bow.

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