About Our Club

Carrick Castle Boat Club is a not-for-profit organisation, run by unpaid volunteers and was founded on 10th February 1989.

The Carrick Castle Boat Club was initially conceived in 1988 and formally obtained its Mooring Licence No: XX34/343 from Crown Estate Scotland on 10th February 1989. The club has an allocation for fifty (50) moorings on Loch Goil at Carrick Castle. The location of moorings is west of a line approximately Lat 56 deg 08.761′ N by 004 deg 53.898′ W to 56 deg 06.229′ N by 004 53.913’ W. Roughly, this line is just north of Ardnahein to the north of Jenny’s Bay, of 4.5 km in Carrick Castle, Argyll, Scotland.

The maximum number of moorings currently allowed by Crown Estate Scotland in our area is fifty (50). We currently have thirty nine (39) licensed moorings including three (3) visitors’ moorings (Visitor’s Mooring No 1 in approximate position 56 deg 06.688′ N 004 deg 54.378′ W and Visitor’s Mooring No 2 in approximate position 56 deg 06.710 N 004 deg 54.396′ W and No 3 position north of No 2) owned by thirty five (35) members and the club.

The main reason for the initial formation of the Carrick Castle Boat Club was to save its members money in mooring fees. A single mooring now costs £80.00 per annum, whereas club members pay just £40.00 per annum for each mooring. This is a very good reason to be a member of the club! The club membership fee for 2022 is £15.00 per annum for family membership, regardless of however many moorings are owned. See the Membership page for full membership details.

Members should read the documents in the Membership, Club Constitution and Moorings Regulations sections of this web site, as there have been many changes, least of which is, members must have their moorings laid safely and within new timescales, be serviced regularly and further they must keep a vessel insured (minimum third party cover) on a mooring. Crown Estate Scotland will not allow moorings to be unused when there is a shortage of available moorings now in Scotland. The Carrick Castle Boar Club has Public Liability Insurance – see Certificate of Insurance.

The committee has expanded the interests of the club with the occasional meeting and social event. Over the last few years, the club has organised talks at the annual general meetings that have included P J Korbel, The Crown Estate Marine Officer on the role of The Crown Estate; Jack Lavender on Viking, a 45 ft wooden motor launch’s last voyage from Carrick Castle to Kip Marina; Willie Melville of the RNLI gave an interesting talk on the work of the RNLI with a film show; Andy Sayers, a pilot with SAS, gave a talk on the Scottish Air Ambulance Service; Inspector Chris Burt of the MOD Police gave a talk on the Clyde Marine Unit’s work of the MOD Police; Tom Murray gave a talk on the work of the local Coastguard; Capt. Gillan Locke, Clydeport Clyde Pilot, gave a talk with videos on Pilotage in the Clyde River and Estuary; Liz Evans & Douglas Locke gave a talk with video and photos on The Preparation for and the Voyage of yacht Dream Weaver from Carrick Castle to the Med and back, Sinead Sheridon of Clyde Marine Partnership Group gave a talk on Planning in the Clyde and John Kent, Community Marine Officer, Clyde & South West of Crown Estate Scotland gave a talk on Mooring Activities on the Clyde post Covid-19.. Details of these can be found by going to the Minutes of Meetings. The next AGM will be held 7th May 2022.

The club made a positive step in 2004 to have group mooring inspections carried out for members’ moorings at reduced costs. The first group inspection was carried out in August 2004 and about 50% of members took up the offer. The 2005 inspections were in March and April 2005 when 65% of the moorings were professionally group inspected. In March 2006, only 29% of moorings were group inspected. In 2007, with greater liability placed upon mooring owners, 70% of moorings were serviced safeguarding own boats and avoiding endangering others with the consequential risk of litigation. The good news continued with 72% of moorings being serviced in 2008 and in 2009 81% of moorings were serviced in the scheme. In May & June 2010, the servicing of moorings achieved a record 83% being serviced, may this sensible trend continue. Over 85% of the club’s moorings were serviced in May 2011, 75% in April 2012 and 81% in 2013 with the same level for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021. Group mooring inspections save individual members considerable more expensive service charges if otherwise serviced outwith the group mooring scheme.

The club has held musters and barbecues on the beach in Swine’s Hole, Carrick Castle every year from 2004 to 2015. Two musters were held in 2013 on Sunday, 9th June 2013 at midday at the Stuckbeg beach, Loch Goil and on Sunday 10th August 2013 at midday at Swine’s Hole, Carrick Castle, with a barbecues on the beach. The 2014 muster was cancelled due to bad weather. The last three Musters were on Sunday 15th August 2015 & 14th August 2016 at Swine’s Hole and on 13th August 2017 at Ardentinney when the members cruised in company both ways and the next one was cancelled on Sunday 12th August 2018 because of bad weather. The next Muster was on Sunday 14th July 2019 at the Carrick Fayre (1 pm to 4 pm) by Castle Carrick in Carrick Castle where the club had a stand and its marquee. No muster will be held in 2020, 2021 or 2022 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Check the gallery for photos of all these past events…

Any news, stories or photos from members for inclusion in the web site would be very welcome.

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