A Whirl & A Whisky

Last week the twins had 2 boats out for a full day. The guests this time were a Swedish whisky club that wanted to visit Jura. They left Oban and powered down to the Corryvreckan to see some whirlpools. After that they spotted some sea eagles and push down to Craighouse. The guests had a delicious lunch at the hotel then an in depth tour of the distillery. It was a smooth run back north to Craobh to meet the tour bus.

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ALK

On a day with a fresh easterly wind the boys had some regulars out. It was the Association of Lighthouse Keepers (ALK) on a run to Lismore Lighthouse. Along with the guests came a couple of NLB technicians to open up the tower and allow everyone up to the top. There was some amazing stories and experiences told by the ex keepers. Incredible how they lived in such remote spots. Always an enjoyable charter with the ALK.

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70-002

Struan had a busy couple of days transferring the owner of a Cylde Class lifeboat. He also escorted her round to Dunstaffnage for some work before she heads to a yard for being hauled out. The Grace Ritchie 70-002 was built in Scotland for the RNLI in 1965-66. She was stationed at Kirkwall, Orkney. There was only 3 every built for the RNLI. The Coastal Connection boys have work with all 3 vessels over the years. It will be great to see her restored to her former glory.

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Le Rugby

On an atmospheric day the boys had a transfer out to the island of Coll. This time it was a French film crew recording a feature about rugby on the West coast. It will be seen at this years Ruby World Cup. Christian Califano (68 caps for France) met up with Rob Wainwright on the island as part of the show. While they were away the boys had a nosey at the new extension at the Coll Hotel. A very well designed and proportioned building. Ideal for taking guests there this season.

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Snow & Seaweed

Between the storms rolling into the West coast the boys managed to get onto the water. They headed out from SAMS to the seaweed farm, which was surrounded by snow capped mountains. The guests were all students, they had a wee lecture about the seaweed farm and the processes involved. During the trip they had a very close encounter with 2 sea eagles and also a gannet. An amazing couple of hours on the water.

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Isle of Rum

A cracking day of weather allowed the boys to shoot up north to the Isle of Rum. A very mountainous island with plenty of deer and goats about. They explored the rich history of the Bullough Family and the impressive Kinloch Castle. It is in a sad state but hopefully they will find the funds to return it to its former glory. They headed round to Harris bay to see the Mausoleum. It was built in 1891 where John Bullough lies.

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Lismore Light

On a mild February day they boys headed out on the water again from Oban. This time it was a short hop to Lismore Lighthouse. There was a stiff SE wind which made for an interesting run across. As thought, the North pier on the island was calm and sheltered. A quick check and some maintenance then cruised back to Oban. The tide vs wind was typical at Lady’s Rock.

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Water Connection

As the cold snap hit at the weekend it caused some frozen water pipes on Coll. So Scottish Water requested the boys to nip out to Coll to replenish the spare parts. They also transferred some very experienced engineers back to the mainland after 5 days of hard graft. The weather was definitely a challenge. The boys timed it with the tide and wind and shot out there and back in no time.

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