Sunday, 31 July 2011

Oban - to boat house - 22nd July

Lovely lazy morning in the sun. Well not that lazy I spent the morning scrubbing the decks and Pam sorting below out.  Gordon and Mary were joining us at 11.00, to head off to the boat house.  We pulled along side to top up with water and make life easier.
Grania Along side at Oban

Before heading off once all were on board. Dodged the Mull Ferry on the way out,
Mull Ferry

and motored over to Lismore light house with the wind on our nose. Once around that and heading up Loch Linnhe we got  the sails up for a while and had a lunch .. just a small affair !!!!!.
Lunch just like we always have !!!

Before eventually we decided we were'nt making much headway , on came motor.  Shortly after wards it start to miss fire.. oh no  :-(  it never died but i decided that there was no way I was going in to Loch Chorie and the Boathouse and get stuck there!!  So back to mooring. Long story short did a full fuel filter change ( which was probably over due)  and she now runs sweet. Went along to port Appin (by Car) for a meal, and another sunset. 

M & G in full control

The Crew
Port Appin Sunset

Stalker Castle Just round the corner from the boat

Loch Melford to Oban via the Cuan sound 21st July

Lazy morning did not need to leave until 13.00 to catch the turn of the tide at the Cuan sound 3.5 miles away.  Went for a walk along the shore and enojoed the sun.  Was a bit worried starting the engine as the previous morning to took tow attempts to start, first time that had happened. But no worries she fired up first time. We pottered around to the Cuan Sound and went through ob the last of the ebb. Much better that being shoved through at  7 knots.

Out the other side Sun was still out bu the wind had gone Arrrg!  Motor sailed to Oban where we took a sailing club mooring as the Marine looked jam packed. Lazy evening reading and watching a glorious sunset.

Tayvallich to Loch Melford 20th July

A late start had us heading off into a Mist. Back the way came but turning right towards Loch Melford. It was a horrible motor up no wind and misty rain We eventually grabbed a visitor mooring out side the Loch Melford Hotel and the sun came out true Scottish day .  We had a meal up at their Bistro, where there are some fantastic views.  This was followed by a late fishing session as the tide was in ... 3 mackerel (one got away).

Two of the fish
Pam in the late evening sun with the Hotel behind