Life at the end of the road

October 8, 2018

In the dock :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:42 pm

21:00 now on a Monday night and that’s me ‘fed and watered’ at the Premier Inn in Greenock Smile A rather nice fiery burrito salad and prawn number inside me, and if the truth be known I’m feeling rather contented. It was pretty scabby last night at Largs pier but we departed from there this morning around 8:00am and headed for Dales dry dock at Garvel Clyde Greenock   http://www.dalesmarine.co.uk/ . Sure it was still pretty breezy but the sting had gone out of it and whilst it was pretty grey and damp we’d a pleasant enough two hour journey up the Clyde. The channel is well buoyed and we eased by Cloch point light an hour later  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloch

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Arriving at the dock gates around 10:00.

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Unusually we’d be docking behind the MV Isle of Arran https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Isle_of_Arran that was already in there having major work done on her gearboxes.

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Arran had to be moved forward to let us in so the whole affair took a little longer than usual but it went like clockwork and was pure ‘text book’. With crew on each corner and good communications with the dock staff we soon had Hallaig in the correct position.

A few hours later when the dock was pumped out

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we got a good look under both of them Smile

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Later on we lowered the ramps for Dales would be doing work on them.

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It’s not until you see Hallaig’s ramp alongside Isle of Arran’s that you appreciate how big it is. Sure the Arran was built almost 40 years ago when cars and people were slimmer but even so Hallaig has two very large ramps Smile

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