Originally Posted by jonp
The water looked pretty good, hardly rough seas. Does anyone know why the boat sank, was it just a simple case of leaving the bangs out?
Thats the problem with videos or photographing water Jonp...often waves dont look big ..forecast for the weekend from met office was described as "Unseasonable strong winds" and also issued a weather warning as such. I checked weather on Friday for weekend boating but the area had 25 to 50 mph winds showing.. so I stayed at home.
Shetland boats are generally quite seaworthy .. so.. Im only assuming this ..but if it went round the Ailsa Craig to look at the gannet colony .. Im aware from experience of the island..that although there is a good depth round most of it..there are nasty reefs off the north and also the south west..which extend far out..just under the surface ..as shown in the photo..that is reef and not reflections in the foreground.. it goes at least twice as far off shore as this.
Perhaps the swell dumped it on the reef and did crack its bottom ? Last time I was there ..the Tour Boat from Girvan had a RIB on tow ...its prop had hit the reef...and no aux engine. I think its quit a common happening ?
Folks go close to see the gannets.. as its one of the biggest colonies in Europe. Puffins and shearwaters too. Then hit the reef..it just suddenly appears..if you are lucky to see it.
Jambo..Im in Tayvallich tomorrow meeting Fenlander..if you are around..be good to meet you too