Life at the end of the road

July 2, 2011

Fortunate for some :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:06 pm

Well, that’s it we’re firmly tied up to Scotland for an hour or so, my paint’s drying nicely after the days labours so I’ll batter out a few lines on here 🙂

The first day of July (yesterday) certainly didn’t feel like summer but at least it was dry and today more than made up for it, still not the high twenties they’re experiencing to the south but at least we’re into the serious double figures now, well the teens anyway 🙂 I left the house early this morning to load up my blue bins for the recycling, I’m not really into this ‘token recycling’ but the wife and ‘eco warrior’ insist 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I’m big on reusing stuff, just check out what I’ve done with wine bottles 🙂 I just think the key to saving the planet is buying less cr4p in the first place and not sending all ours on an endless trip to China and back 🙂

Anyway as I rattled down a dry and virtually puddle free road for the first time in weeks with my bins rattling away behind me scaring all the rabbits I stopped to have a look through the binoculars at a boat.


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A serious boat, in fact it was more of a ship than a boat and it had been anchored there in the Camas Bahn for two nights.

Continuing on my way I took the ‘low road’ unlike yesterday when I stopped for a while to watch JST’s chaps or should I say one of there chaps loading a trailer.



Well, I didn’t want to meet him on that narrow twisting road with the pair of us towing trailers 🙂

The ‘Fortunate Sun’

The day just flew by, a nice quiet morning enabling me to get on with some undercoating and a steady stream of tourists in the sunshine to make the day interesting.

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I just loved this badge I saw on the back of a campervan 🙂

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Lunch time saw me popping along the road to see my mate Willy and admiring the progress at the new house on the Avenue,

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though the traffic was unusually heavy 🙂


Whilst doing my spell at the wheel the ‘mystery ship’ came south from Portree

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and it turned out to be MY Fortunate sun, a 54m motor yacht registered in the Cayman islands.


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Though the description on the AIS screen made me chuckle ‘pleasure craft’ 🙂


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Here she is passing Goat Island at a leisurely 10.8knts and here’s some info lifted from


The motor yacht FORTUNATE SUN is a 54 m 177 (ft) impressive steel vessel which was created at Oceanfast (Austal) and designed by Oceanfast and Tim Heywood. Sleeping 10 passengers and 12 qualified crew, motor yacht FORTUNATE SUN used to be Perfect Prescription which was her project name and/or yacht title. Ready for launch in 2003 the recent interior design reflects the endowment emanating from the boards of Tim Heywood.

M/Y FORTUNATE SUN (ex Perfect Prescription) was commissioned for a New Yorker in the pharmaceutical business. The motor yacht can be easily recognised with her grey hull and white superstructure.

The Building & Designing for Luxury Yacht FORTUNATE SUN

Oceanfast was the naval architect involved in the technical superyacht composition for FORTUNATE SUN. Her interior design was conceived by Tim Heywood. Oceanfast and Tim Heywood is also associated with the yacht general design work for this yacht. In 2003 she was actually launched with triumph in Fremantle and following sea trials and detailing was thereafter passed on to the yacht owner. Oceanfast (Austal) completed their new build motor yacht in Australia. The hull was constructed with steel. The motor yacht superstructure is fabricated largely from aluminiumandgrp. With a beam of 10.21 metres / 33.5 ft FORTUNATE SUN has spacious room. A fairly shallow draught of 2.74m (9ft) limits the number of worldwide marinas she can berth in, depending on their individual depth at low tide. She had refit maintenance and alteration work undertaken in 2008.

M/Y FORTUNATE SUN Engine Room & Speed:

Installed with twin MTU diesel main engines, FORTUNATE SUN will attain a maximum speed of 18 knots. Connected to her MTU engine(s) are twin screw propellers. Her total HP is 4730 HP and her total Kilowatts are 3481. For bow thruster maneuverability she was built with Schottel.

The Accommodation Aboard Superyacht FORTUNATE SUN:

The substantial luxury yacht M/Y FORTUNATE SUN can accommodate up to 10 passengers and has 12 crew members.

A List of the Specifications of the FORTUNATE SUN:

Superyacht Name: Motor Yacht FORTUNATE SUN Ex: Perfect Prescription – Built By: Oceanfast (Austal) – Built in: Fremantle, Australian – Launched in: 2003 – Refitted in: 2008 – Length Overall: 54 metres / 177.2 feet – Waterline Length: 48.28 (158.4 ft)
Naval Architecture: Oceanfast and Tim Heywood, Oceanfast Inhouse Yacht Design – Designers Involved in Yacht Design: Tim Heywood – Interior Designers: Tim Heywood – Gross Tonnes: 851 – Nett Tonnes: 206 – Displacement: – Hull / Superstructure Construction Material: steel / aluminiumandgrp – Owner of FORTUNATE SUN: – Cost To Build: – FORTUNATE SUN available for luxury yacht charters: – Is the yacht for sale: – Helicopter Landing Pad: No – Swimming Pool: – Jacuzzi Spa: – Material Used For Deck: teak
The Country the Yacht is Flagged in: Cayman Islands – The official registry port is George Town and her home port is New York Ny, USA – Class society used: DNV (Det Norske Veritas) – Completed survey under Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Large Yacht Code: Yes – Max yacht charter guests 10 – Guest’s cabins: – Guests Cabin configuration: – Maximum Number of Guests Whilst Underway: – Number of Crew Members: 12

The main engines are two 2365 HP or 1740 Kilowatts MTU. Model: 12V 4000 M70 diesel. РOverall output: 4730 HP /3481 KW. РCruising at a speed of 15 nautical miles per hour. РTop Speed: 18 knots. РBunkering capacity: 140000 L. РFresh water: 20000.00. РGensets: Mtu 2 times 275 kilowatts. РSome locations the yacht has visited: Tangier. Morocco. Tanger-Assilah. Tanger-T̩touan. РThrusters: Schottel. РAir Conditioning: Heinen & Hopman. РBeam: 10.21m/33.5ft. РWaterline Length (LWL): 48.28m/158.4ft. РDraught at deepest: 2.74m/9ft.


Yours for only $275,000 dollars a week, now as she only sleeps 10 that’s $27,500 each 🙂

Apparently, if you can believe anything you read on the internet she belongs to Reg Advocaat of Fortunate Sun Mining a Canadian gold mining company. One thing about gold, it always does well in war or recession 🙂


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Much to my joy she dropped anchor in Churchton bay and a few people came ashore,


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the tender probably cost more than my house 🙂

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No advertising for Yamaha on the two monsters that powered this ‘flubba’ 🙂


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Not really my thing but she did look very nice in front of Ben na Calliach 🙂

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Bare with me :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:26 am

It’s 6:00am on the ‘longest day’ so I’ve gotta set off early as it’s ‘recycling’ bin day today and I need to haul my heavy blue bins into the trailer. They’re heavy because they’re full of Land Rover, diving, and Hot Car magazines, though I did rescue some and stick them on eBay 🙂 No I’m not being greedy, the £15 is to cover postage, if anyone can pick them up from Sconser I’ll knock £13 off. For some reason eBay won’t let you charge more than £3.25 for magazine postage. I presume that’s so you stick them on singly and they get more commission 🙂

Anyway, I was in my bed early last night so no posting, so here’s a few pictures to be getting on with, I’ll finish off tonight between sailings 🙂


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The youth hostel road is looking a lot less claustrophobic,

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and you can now see the Home Loch 🙂


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and another bull arrives on Raasay 🙂



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