Nasty! My nightmare is Tom McLaughlin catching me at Redbay HQ without my All Weather clothing. So as I departed at silly o'clock this morning to collect Her Ribship from servicing, I turned back and grabbed my kitbag - you just never know...
...and whaddaya know, the wind fell, the seas receded and Charles said "have you got wet gear?"
Seems they were doing weight distribution tests on the Redbay 850 Prototype because there are orders for a twin outboard and a Volvo D6 installation and the tube line will be adjusted accordingly. Apparently a 100kg smart weight was required, that and there were a few steel weights to be fetched
Anyways, she is a child of the recent 1050 mould, with the Yanmar 315HP inboard and new Yanmar TRP leg. I got a drive up past Tor Head and I was hugely impressed, she dismisses chop and shrugs off small swell with almost no slapping or crashing. She makes 33 knots at 3100rpm, upper end is around 45kts.
That's Ailsa Craig behind the rib in pic 1, btw.