Hi all, I am up in Aberdeenshire, looking for someone who can service a small boat and somewhere to be able to use it (as it seems engines are not allowed on a lot of lochs). I bought a little 15' Fletcher about 18 months ago as an anniversary present for my husband, it had been standing around a while so we were going to take it across to our holiday place on the west coast where we have access to a loch and a guy who can service outboards. Unfortunately the recession then hit and I lost my job - so now there is no place on the west coast and the boat is permanently in Aberdeenshire. I guess sensibly we should sell it but I think that would be a shame, if we can get it up and running and find somewhere to use it we would really like to keep it. I know it's a long shot but does anyone have any information? Cheers Lindsey
I don't know your area but this can't be insoluble.
I'd suggest having a wander around www.boatlaunch.co.uk/ to find possible launching sites and also perhaps boatyards or dealers who'd take a look at the boat for you.
I'd start with finding somewhere to have a play before paying to have the boat serviced.
Inland, sheltered water would be easier than the sea to start with. On a quick Google, are any of the following in range... Loch Ken, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Tay, Loch Awe or Loch Earn? All apparently would be okay with the Fletcher if you follow their rules, pay any registration and launch fees and so on.
Having found some likely spots, jump in the car, go look and talk to people in and around boatyards, marinas, sailing clubs and dealers. You may find someone who'll look at the boat and give you some advice at the same time.
I meant to say GGT, unfortunately the old loch near is is Loch Skene, which is a goose sanctuary and therefore no engines allowed (although you can sail on it) - the nearest of the others is maybe 100 miles-ish .... it's unfortunate that we live in ski rather than boat country
Motorcycle shops will often service an outboard for you. The other options are Agricultural engineers. Unless it is a big multi-cylinder job, most o/bs are fairly basic & similar to lawnmower/ strimmer & chainsaw engines.
Personally, I'd sell it & buy a small dinghy - far more fun & more stuff to play with. Motorboats soon get pretty boring once you have zoomed around in circles a couple of times. But I'm a Raggie rather than a Stinkie.
I like Raggie and Stinkie - I have never heard that before ;D I guess we would be stinkies, as one day I would love to go cruising around the Caribbean - I am lacking about 70 feet and rather a lot of experience at the moment so that is in the realm of "pipe dream"
I think we may have found someone to service the engine, will keep everyone posted!
Thanks so much for all the help and advice everyone