Life at the end of the road

October 1, 2020

A different side :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:54 pm

Well it’s been a pure peach of a day here off the Scottish Riviera, we departed the Craignure linkspan around 6:00AM, where we’d been berthed opposite MV Coruisk the ‘Lego boat’ since around 22:30.

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Initially heading for Brodick on the Isle of Arran but with the Hallaig belting south at 15.2knots at one point we’ve decided to aim for Largs Vegas on the Clyde Smile

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With the winds light and the seas  calm we sped by the mouth of Loch Buie, early fishermen and a deceptively calm looking Corryvreckan

Right enough the tide was with us till we reached the dreaded ‘Mull’ and at one point were down to 4Knots but still we made good time in the unusually quiet sea.

On we raced, meeting MV Hebridean Isles


heading to Islay and the MV Finlaggan returning from Islay.

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One of CalMac’s oldest the Heb Isles was launched in 1985 with the Binwagon, one of the newest going into service some 25 years later in 2010.

Once we were more than three nautical miles off shore I set about the annual cleaning of the sewage tank being extremely pleased with how lovely and clean it was inside Smile Well, that’ll be one good thing about COVID hey, it’s normally just about full of brown stuff Smile


Upon reaching the dreaded ‘Mull’ we passed the unmistakable silhouette of a Royal Navy type 23 frigate that would be part of the biannual ‘Joint Warrior’ exercise

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We just plodded along slowly by Sanda Island and lighthouse Smile

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This will be Ailsa Craig and Girvan on the mainland seen from the other side of where I was looking at it last week Smile

Eventually it was up the east side of Arran for a change, don’t think I’ve ever passed this way before, normally we take the more sheltered westerly route.

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Pladda Island and light off the south of Arran, Holy Island and its two lights off the east. The Adilia 1 heading for Belfast loaded with containers.


The sun setting behind Arran as we steam by Brodick for Largs Smile

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Landed at Largs and a roast chicken demolished, time for bed Smile

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


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