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    Default Mull

    I'm thinking about heading to Mull in the spring for some canoeing, does anyone reccomend some good campsites/places to paddle?

    I've never yet managed to go to Mull so i think it's time to go-I wanna see Ballamory too!
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    this summer I was thinking of looking at Loch Spelve in the south of the island, and maybe portage through to the west into Loch Uisg and then into the river and sea...... It's not in the SC book.
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    If you're looking to go west have a look at the Ulva Ferry area. Interesting, and Ulva and Gometra would give some shelter from West if it was needed (Loch Tuath I think). See also Inch Kenneth, lived on at one stage by Nancy Mitford. The west coast road runs close to the shore in this area and there are one or two areas where people camp.

    Shoreline

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    If you are taking the car across, I can recommend the site at Craignure which has permanent (big) tents for hire and is on the beach.

    http://www.shielingholidays.co.uk/

    We love going to Mull nearly every year on our way somewhere, never canoed there but there are many places to go, even the Sound of Mull has some fantastic places to go if the wether is naff.

    Only down side .... CalMac is a rip off!
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    If you can put up with the extra drive, the Lochaline-Fishnish ferry is cheaper even allowing for the Corran Ferry crossing. The journey would also pass other very canoeable bits of sea (Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe, Loch Sunart etc) and Lochaline itself is very sheltered. This link is very inspiring:

    http://homepages.rya-online.net/ocsg..._odyssey_1.htm

    Of course if you stayed on the east or could manage the portage from Salen to Loch na Keal, you might not need the car and the ferry from either place would be much cheaper! I think sea kayaks used to be the same as a bicycle.

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    Default Mullet over

    Tobermory is/was nice - we went before the blight of TV celebrity!
    Someone else has already put in a plug for my trip account and it was a classic circular route.

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    Yes those trips and the reports are quite something. They say a great deal about the versatility of sailing canoes, used rather like the canvas kayaks with sails that were toured on the west coast before skinny sea kayaks came into vogue.
    Your reports also downplay the hardinesss and skill of the canoeists I suspect!
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    like the canvas kayaks with sails that were toured on the west coast
    The earlier jaunts in the 1870s and shortly thereafter used wooden "kayaks" in the Rob Roy style. (which we sought to emulate on this trip)
    Canvas covered frame boats were prevalent in the middle part of the 20th century - PBKs and the like.

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    Default Mull p.s.

    This may need to become a new thread one day but briefly: Is your canoe the one with a gunter rig (number 9) and are you ketch rigged in some other reports/photos? Same boat? What do you use now? Which would you recommend?
    Meanwhile yes Mull is magnificent. Unfortunately Balamory hadn't arrived when my children were little otherwise they would have found waiting in Tob for the weather to clear round Ardnamurchan more enjoyable.
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    Shoreline
    Yes, I guess we're thread hogging now, but...

    It's the same boat - a Mad River Explorer (16 foot - as they all were when I got it over 10 years ago).

    Different rigs tho... But which is best?

    Depends what you want; I often do trips with the intention of sailing as much as possible and only paddling when I have to - eg when no or not enough wind/a breakage or other emergency/against the tide for a while etc. So I don't mind lots of very specialist gear just for sailing - some would say it's a sailing boat that happens to be canoe shaped - but I don't care - you wouldn't paddle a Mirror dinghy down the River Shiel and shoot the fall at the bottom, so it's still a canoe for me.

    A single (but reefable!) sail has a lot to say for itself - for simplicity; but I like a greater choice of sailplan sometimes - hence the ketch where I can choose between any of: lugsail main (42sq.ft. reefable down to 30 and 15), 12sq.ft jib, 25sq.ft genoa, 18sq.ft mizzen, 65sq.ft spinnaker.

    So for a F5 or 6, it might be jib and mizzen,total 30sq.ft but all set low down, or jib-only going downwind (although just the mizzen works well, too!)

    Whereas for very light winds, say F1 to 2 it would be genoa, full main and mizzen, totalling 85sq.ft. If I'm reaching or running in such light winds, and feeling adventurous(!), I'd substitute the spinnaker for the genoa to give 125 sq.ft!

    In theory some of those sail combinations should result in an unbalanced boat (sailing wise that is - lee/weather helm) but in practice you can use the leeboard to reduce the issue by canting it forwards, as well as back like you would with a conventional dinghy centreboard. Another factor with this is that the canoe is a long hull with more 'grip' on the water and resistance to spinning than a saucer shaped dinghy so the lee/weather helm thing doesn't feel so pronounced.

    Am I boring you yet?!

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    I think we need a sailing thread
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    Or maybe a sailing section...

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    or forum.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrish View Post
    or forum.......
    If there are the threads to justify it then I will make it just like I did with the self build
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    Default Nowt wrong with Tob

    Quote Originally Posted by windorpaddle View Post
    Tobermory is/was nice - we went before the blight of TV celebrity!
    Someone else has already put in a plug for my trip account and it was a classic circular route.
    I've been going to Tobermary for 20 years with and without kids, pre and post Balamory and it is just the same place except for some extra souviners and the Mishnish being painted black (nothing to do with Balamory though. Main difference is that it has become popular with the pre 5 tourist market and there is nothing wrong with that.
    Chris


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