Hey..I managed to get my first adventure of the year in guys.
It was tropical at Arisaig .. for three days ..temperatures hitting 17 degrees C .. no wind .. wall to wall blue sky and turquoise water .. unheard of in mid March for Scotland ..so I had to make the most of things.
Met up with some kayak mates also keen to make the most of the glorious weather ... so I only took my wee Seago Slat floor SIB. I like to match my SIBs to my needs..no need for the heavy weather 4.3m quicksilver this week
For the geeks amongst us.. it used 5 litres of fuel and covered 25 miles ..cruising on 1/3 throttle and around 3 knots.
My wind assisted padding pals managed to beat that ..they used a zero carbon footprint to cover the same distance.
It took us two days to cover the 25miles.. simply because at every sandbar / beach.. we stopped to refull our aging bodies. ...
with Jura Superstition lubrication .. it took almost two bottles to cover the first leg of our journey
Which had the hallucinogenic effect of making us believe we were in one of the most beautiful places on the planet
It got a bit rough on the open crossing of the Sound of Arisaig .. but it was the lubrication that was upsetting my horizons ..and not my flat slat floor slamming chop
So we stopped off for some beer in the Glen Uig Inn ... where we swapped stories late into the evening.
We all agreed..that the best boat in the world ..is the one you have most fun in... sharing the experience with great friends ... and giving pleasant memories long after .. in colder days of winter
We stayed overnight in the Inn and returned to the launch point next day .. as dry as bones.
Yup... The memories of my first outing this year..will last me a long time