We were slightly delayed in leaving as there was an accident just opposite our mooring. We heard a bang and a scream ………..a  woman had been walking along the road next to the canal……….. a delivery truck’s door swung open, just as it was passing her and hit her on her side and leg. I went across with arnica and ice and did my First Aid bit until the Ambulance arrived ……….. no blood, only bruising and shock. After the local excitement of another ambulance and two police cars arriving, we felt it was time for us to leave and set off through the swing bridge and locks.

Leaving Cairn Baan

Leaving Cairn Baan

A few miles on and we came to the next Swing Bridge above Lochgilphead and there was Marcus’ Hero’s 28ft boat, ‘Bolt Hole’. We moored up in front of her and were greeted by her maker and owner, Jimmy Woolf.

Moored ahead of Bolt Hole

Moored behind Bolt Hole

We were invited aboard …………….

Jimmy Woolf on his boat

Jimmy Woolf on his boat

 Bolt Hole's saloon

Bolt Hole’s saloon

Bolt Hole's galley

Bolt Hole’s galley

……….and then invited him on-board Island Kea for a ‘wee dram’………with a chaser of beer!……and spent a fascinating hour or so talking with him.

Ripping Yarns!

Ripping Yarns!

'My Hero!'

‘My Hero!’

It was time to leave and make our way down to the Sea Lock at Ardrishaig.

Puffer in the sea lock basin

Puffer in the sea lock basin

These ‘Puffers’ were built for the Crinan Canal and in their day took coal up the canal and returned with whisky. I wonder if either cargo arrived intact?

And so out into Loch Fyne and down to Portavadie,

Portavadie Marina

Portavadie Marina

……….where we met up with Steve and Rosie on ‘Wild Goose’, who shepherded us into Port Edgar.

Steve is setting up an RYA Sailing School and ‘Sail and Trail’ holiday charter business on Wild Goose at Portavadie…….. so tell your friends!

Steve and Rosie ..... Portavadie's resident Yachtmaster Instructor

Steve and Rosie ….. Portavadie’s resident Yachtmaster Instructor

We all met up for dinner in the very modern, nordic style restaurant which is part of the Portavadie holiday complex………so different to the stately victorian yacht clubs down south!

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