The Needles is about as scary as going past a Red Funnel ferry in Riblet! Been round countless times on snorkel trips to Tennyson & Freshwater Bay etc. Just make sure you stay well out from the lighthouse or you may find yourself wrecked.
Yes the console is a Valiant (looks better than Ribeye version) fitted it myself. Purchased from the most friendly and helpful "Kevin Mole Outboards of Cowes".
Engine is a new Yamaha 15hp. Lovely motor and very economical, reliable and quiet! Also bought from Mr Mole.
I had to fit Hydrofoils to anti-cavitation plate to get Riblet on the plane with two people, as she refused to level out without them. Made a hell of a difference in planing and stability at high speed.
At the moment I have not electrics on board but this will change during the winter. I want to fit starter motor, regulator, battery, lights and stereo for those summer days achored off Totland etc.