We returned just in time to stand aside as Redbay RNLI launched the 85 to recover drifting divers and their dead stick boat. If the diver cox'n had called it on the VHF, not the mobile, they would have been rescued half an hour earlier - by us. Lesson there folks.
All the while donegaldan had been fretting and checking his mobile (c/w charts). Once he gots his mitts on the 1050 all was revealed. Lough Swilly RNLI (his station) were once again returning a reserve Tyne Class to Troon. He knew they'd be exiting Rathlin Sound as we fitted our feet into the straps and dialed the ScotSeats up. It was a bit of a blur after that. I'm fairly sure I saw 53kts briefly. Very soon I saw surprised faces on the Tyne. Having annoyed them for a bit we checked the plotter for a return course. I was slightly surprised to see that we were half way to Scotland... Smacks when we got back to Redbay then
I took her back at a more sedate 40kts which she makes at just below 5000rpm. The ScotSeats work nicely at these speeds, making it feel very relaxed indeed. It was my first time the wheel of something this big so backing her into Redbay quay was fun
The Suzi 300s have a great roar when you plant them, but when we stopped I actually thought they had cut out, so quiet are they. This rig is for sale and if I had the money....