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    Webcraft's site has a good section on Moorings in Scotland - I've just been reading it and had to laugh when I read the section on Salen in Loch Sunart.
    Claymore is a reasonable man and not one to fall out with anyone, but I came close to throttling the sod that runs the moorings at Salen - then I read this drivel from Webcams site
    David, who owns the jetty and moorings at Salen could not be more helpful. He lives above the harbour and will invaraibly meet any visiting yacht as it arrives. He comes out in his dinghy, provides a follow-me service to the moorings, attaches your mooring lines to the bouy, provides the latest weather forecast, offers his local advice, takes your rubbish and could not be more helpful.He can readily supply water and diesel and arrange a wide range of services to support visiting yachtsmen in this remote location. Also, he will almost instantly provide locally caught shell fish of excelleny quality on request. He is an ex master mariner and sea pilot and knows the sea well. In fact, I'd say that these moorings are the most welcoming and helful on the west of Scotland. .

    He must have written that load of old tosh himself. Pass me the sick-bag

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    Did you notice that the purple prose you quote is preceded by "UPDATE OCT 2005: This report is given verbatim from a correspondent:"?

    This is BlueMoment code for "I don't believe a word of the following so-called report but I was getting no end of grief for my previous comments about this man and his moorings and so I've had to include this keech (sp?) for the sake of balance." IIRC the previous comments included a phrase to the effect ".. these moorings cannot be recommended at this time"

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    Oh good -I'd hate for the robbing sod to be thought well of. Perhaps the Chentleman's cruise should go up there and liven the place upo a bit? maybe we could see if can walk on water as well as you do?

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    From the description of his many talents I'd be surprised if he wasn't very much better than I in the water-walking stakes. Perhaps we could discuss the 2006 itinerary at the winter video-viewing muster?

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    What a capital notion . . .

    Let's go and test the legendary hostility . . . erm, sorry, surely I mean hospitality of the moorings mannie at Salen.

    I haven't been there for years . . . we found the anchorage full of moorings, no space to anchor in what was a fair old blow. A local fisherman pointed to a mooring (private, not rental) and said the owner wouldn't mind if we used it and wouldn't be back. The pier owner and resident git came out and kicked us off it, leaving us to anchor outside the reef. When we rowed in to go ashore a local beckoned us frantically to come over and land at the bottom of his garden, where he regaled us with many a tale about the Ogre of Salen.

    Essentially the Pope's translation is correct.

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    Excellent Suggestion
    I have some rather captivating moments of Wee Jamesie doing his impression of Ellen Macarthur. I'm going to have to start being nice to my students so they can edit the film and burn it onto a DVD - all tasks way beyond my humble abilities.

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    Default Lawrenny Quay Hotel and Yacht Station

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    Swinging moorings up to 8ft draught. 8 miles upstream from Milford Haven. Landing pontoon, full facilities, hotel. Book in advance.


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    My turn, I would like to strike this dreadful place off the cruising map.

    Full facilities, include a balancing act that would amaze Russian gymnasts as you climb out of the dinghy onto the most rickety pontoons known to man. You are requested to tie your dinghy around the back of the pontoons, DO NOT leave them at the front, fear of god. Yet around the back for the full length are dinghies with no gaps to get in, most dinghies are full of water, so these are not daily visitors, hence the balancing act.

    There is no VHF contact and the woman who also runs the 'chandlers'* is often away from the telephone, we had a really bad signal, so communications were poor.

    When you walk over the big holes in the pontoons and up the ramp do not use the banister for fear of getting rust splinters! The whole thing creaks as you walk up.

    By full facilities, this presumably does not mean basics like a shop or showers, unless you count the trek across the caravan site to the filthy toilet block where you can get a ONE minute luke warm shower off the meter, which can only be topped up with tokens bought from the chandlers* which is hardly open. Luckily I had thought ahead and bought 4 tokens, so we could shower in the morning before she arrived.... But SWMBO had spare tokens in the ladies side, so I had to bang out SOS on the wall to get her to pop in and feed the meter. I was half way through shaving and covered in soap.

    Laugh, no.

    We spent the next night at anchor as not to give any more cash to such a rip off place, it was in the middle of nowhere and was just horrid.

    Not recommended, at all.....

    *chandlers, they sold rubbish that even nauticalia would not buy in!

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    hi all sounds like falty towers. i will keep well away on my next trip up that way. i have never come across anything like it on our visits to that part of the world always met nice help full folks we love sailing up there . mainly round tarbert kyles of bute. rothesay. clyde . love haggis so quite at home there. how dose he get away with it ???anyway happy sailing to all.

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    He tends to get away with it just the once - I don't think he gets much repeat business.
    Suppose its rainy and cold with you just now? - Its very mild here and a gentle drizzle is helping keep our gardens green. Should stop by mid morning and then the sun will without doubt start cracking the pavements.

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    "In fact, I'd say that these moorings are the most ...... HELFUL on the west of Scotland".

    Maybe this wasn't a spelling mistake!

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