so took the RIB out for the first time today after its refit, and was very happy with the work Kieron from Rib Shop has done.
As you can see the North Sea was trying its best to emulate conditions on the West coast of Ireland !!
I think its the smoothest sea state I have ever experienced in the North Sea.
Was just out for 2 hours, but the boat went great, electronics all worked fine...will take me two weeks to fathom the manuals!
I had the delightful sound of the AIS collision alarm going off every 2 minutes until I worked out how to mute it!
(I just checked the console pic and it was going off while I took the pic!!)
Saw several Porpoise, but never closer than 100 yards, they dont like Blue and Yellow Ribs apparently.
A whole lot of new personal kit on trial today as well.
Typhoon 220 Extreme Dry suit - was very comfortable, a little spacious, but neck and wrist seals felt good.
Also Baltic RIB hybrid lifejacket, which after a while I forgot I was wearing,
and Typhoon Rock boots - again...extremely comfortable.
Next shake down run scheduled for approx 2 weeks time as work committments taking over for a while.