Life at the end of the road

October 16, 2017

Holed up in the ‘toon’ :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:34 pm

An early start on Saturday had us stemming the tide for six hours somewhere south of the ‘Slate Islands’ of Easdale, Belnahua, Luing et al. I cannae be for sure cos yours truly was busy down below with the troublesome ‘number 3DG’ and sewage tank.


The tank was getting its annual service and diffuser change, the scarf aint for the smell, cos it doesn’t. I learned long ago to keep my mouth shut when dealing with sewage tanks Smile

We got a fair old pasting west of the Kintyre peninsula and at times were down to 4.5 knots with both wind and tide against us.


However, this was all part of the ‘voyage plan’ based on the current forecast and it worked out a treat. The gale force south wind ‘on the nose’ and northerly tide (see graph white line for speed) slowed us down from our regular 8 knots but then as we arrived at the dreaded ‘Mull’ the wind fell away to a light westerly and with the tide now with us we were whizzing along at 12knots.


The relative calm allowing us to collect the broken crockery and contents of the bins off the floor.

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Salted smoke stacks and Sanda Island Ailsa Craig in the background. Both islands having interesting histories, one for granite curling stones and the other for many shipwrecks and a remote pub.


At this point we are far nearer Ireland than home.


By 18:30 we were firmly fastened to Scotland with extra ropes for today’s storm Ophelia.

We were all pretty shattered after our 12 hour passage and I for one retired before 21:00 ready for today’s tasks.

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The boys getting on with replacing lifejacket lights and putting down floor coverings whilst I toiled away with paperwork and door repairs.


Well she swept across Ireland leaving a trail of destruction but we got off lightly.

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By the evening it was a good force 9 and the FV Deliverance really struggled getting alongside astern of us. Luckily someone saw her plight and drove down to catch ropes for her, even so it was hard work.

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The rest of the fishing fleet having tied up long before and there to the left of the picture is our last ferry but one, the MV Raasay who is now 41 years old. I love this ‘rose tinted quote’ from Wikipedia.

She never missed a full day’s sailings on that route Smile

Well, aye but she only made three return trips a day when the schools were off and never sailed on a Sunday. The Hallaig does some 118 crossings a week Smile now!!!!!!



  1. Nice to have an update matey. I was thinking earlier that you could use your surplus power for a hot tub or swimming pool. Just an idea 🙂 ;0

    Comment by Lloyd — October 17, 2017 @ 6:46 pm

  2. Now – there’s a name from the past. When I was younger (a lot younger) the family had a caravan on the Dorset coast and a 14ft multi-purpose dinghy, (jack of all trades, master of none – it sailed OK, it motored OK and it rowed OK) and we had a little 4hp Ailsa Craig outboard we used when fishing. Happy days, happy memories

    Comment by Andy Poulton — October 18, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

  3. Happy memories of the MV Raasay, but that includes a sailing being cancelled because of the weather! Just remembering the car deck that seemed only inches above the water, the ladder to the upper deck, your skipper when he was nobbut a lad operating the on-board turntable and Ferrymaster Nicolson on the tiny bridge. I turned up once later than usual for embarking in my long 1988 Audi Avant but it was fitted on, even if almost horizontally. I had to reverse off the ferry and up the slipway at Suishnush.



    Comment by Sue — October 18, 2017 @ 2:21 pm

    • Aye Sue, and ‘Skip’ permanently in oil skins cos he had to operate the ramp from the control box on the car deck 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 20, 2017 @ 9:08 am

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