Life at the end of the road

October 4, 2019

Stemming the tide :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:07 am

Morning checks completed,

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second pot of coffee demolished and we’re on our way to the notorious ‘Mull’ that great long finger of Scotland that pokes around 50 miles into the Irish sea. The Mull of Kintyre with it’s ferocious tides has ‘put the fear of God’ in many a seasoned mariner but we’re hoping for a relatively good passage today. Sure we’ll have the tide with us and the wind on the nose but it doesn’t look like it’ll be any more than a gentle easterly. For now we’re ‘stemming’ a fair current in the Firth of Lorne and will be for the best part of three hours yet.

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The motors and generators working hard at pushing us ‘over the ground’ at 7.7knots, so the best part of 3knots of northerly tide as we exit the Sound of Mull.

Helping out our sister Smile

It was a great passage south yesterday, pretty much all the way to ‘Archie’ and round into the Sound of Mull.

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The fresh south easterly making its presence felt as we beat against it towards Lochaline to relieve our sister Lochinvar for a few hours.

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She headed to Craignure for a couple of hours and we ‘picked up’ her route to Mull and back for three return journeys.

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Making for Craignure once we’d finished and spending the night by our big cousin MV Coruisk The ‘Lego boat’ as she is sometimes unfairly called Smile

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The MV CEG Cosmos whom I last saw at Lochaline West Pier in April, a very tidy little coaster that hides her 36 years well Smile

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That was it, some 12 hours after departing Raasay I power washed the salt off the crew cars and Captain Crawford served us up a fine chicken curry, by 20:30 I was in my bed Smile



  1. Hi Paul

    Glad you had a safe passage. I had been wondering whether the rump of Lorenzo would hit you but I don’t think he’s arrived yet. Hope all goes well down there.


    Comment by Sue — October 4, 2019 @ 8:14 am

  2. Hi Paul
    Safe expedition to Troon. I’m always amazed at the order and utter cleanleaness of Hallaig, everything looks as if it’s newly painted. No grease, spills, nothing!! I don’t know how you and the crew do it, but it’s a huge credit to you all, she alwsy looks pristine.

    Comment by Sally — October 5, 2019 @ 12:57 pm

  3. Pleased your journey went well. I’m on Mull at the moment, came over on MV Coruisk last Sunday and will be sailing with her again back to Oban tomorrow.

    Comment by glenelgadventure — October 5, 2019 @ 4:20 pm

  4. Hi Paul would you like a set of alloy rims and tyres for your td5. I am over by Lochearnhead and have a set left over from when I sold my disco a couple of years ago. Send me an email if you want them. I can pallet them for you or if you are along the A84 you can pick them up. Cheers and thanks for all your effort with the blogging.

    Comment by Api — October 5, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

    • Hi Api, many thanks, I’ll be in touch 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 13, 2019 @ 7:38 pm

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