What a baptism of fire that was!! They were certainly the biggest seas I've been out in and loved every minute of it. Ralph was 50ft from me at one point then he completely disappeared only to reappear from behind a wall of water. It certainly made you feel alive!
Unfortunately the lumpy conditions showed up a couple of faults with the boat, we had balance all wrong, 140 litres of fuel, the auxiliary, all our gear and a couple of 17st men played havoc with the handling, the trim was useless, I just couldn't get the nose up before the prop started cavitating which led for a slow and very slappy day. If we had shifted some of the extra fuel barrels and gear about I'm sure we could've sorted it but we will know for future. We had the boat out again today on Loch Shiel and its a different boat without the load.
Another issue was the bilge pump, it just isn't man enough, we took a couple of good swampings and had to pootle about until we got rid of some of the water. That'll change soon.
Thanks to the folk that checked in on us on their way by.
There were some lovely boats there on Saturday, The Beast certainly had some presence about it, it skimmed over the water more like a hovercraft than a boat!
A big thank you has to go to Tony and his team, they were all very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. All in all it was a cracking day, il certainly be back next year, don't know if my pal feels the same.
There is a place on this planet for all of Gods creatures.........right next to my tatties and gravy.