Not a very successful day out!
I was on a little celebration weekend with the brothers and some cousins in Donegal.
The weather was good, just a slight F3 blow and while an easy swell there was no choppiness.
So, gammy foot and all, (the bros did all the work under direction
), we loaded the boat and decided a wee trip to Gola island was in order.
Everyone kitted out (crew of 8) we slowly set out of Bunniniver harbour.
Half a mile out and just turning south for the channel to Gola the engine cut out!!
No power to engine or tilt. Power to radio and other electrics ok.
Definite wind drift north and tide coming in.
Decided to radio the Coastguard.
Unfortunately they could not pick up my message for some reason. I could hear them ok.
Mobile phone in use.
All crew ok and no immediate danger.
Sea anchor deployed and drift stalled.
Coastguard was with me in minutes and towed safely home to Bunniniver harbour.
Radio check done and all working - no reason for Malin not to hear me that we could discern.
Coastguard crew member even told me to check the main engine fuses and lo and behold on blown fuse!
An experience not to forget and all respect to the Irish Coastguard for their professional and prompt action.