Winter Is Coming

As winter draws closer and the snow settles on the local hills, the boys are still on the water. Cameron had to head North. The weather has been a constant battle as usual but there was a wee weather window to head towards Barra. This task was to recovery a seaglider from a mission out to the deep Atlantic. Whilst out there they also deployed another glider to keep up the research programme.

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Hectic Halloween

As the days shortened the boys were still kept on the water. There were a few breaks in the weather which allowed for a few tourist trips around Lismore. Still great wildlife from sea eagles to otters.
On the commercial front the hours were longer but they covered the miles. They took engineers to a variety of islands. The wee island of Muck had an engineer to checking over a boat. Struan had to pop over to Tiree and Coll to ensure a maintenance schedule was carried out. On a cold Sunday night they powered down to Colonsay to rectify a power issue too.
Hopefully some more settled crisp autumn weather comes back.

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Power Connection

As Storm Ophelia powered her way across the UK and Ireland the boys hauled out the boats as a precaution. The wind direction was coming from the East or South East. The wind seemed to come in gusts along with the wind. A utilities company called asking to deliver some materials to the Island of Kerrera to solve a power outage. So they loaded up the boat and launched at Loch Feochan and headed over. The direction of wind favoured the boys. Later on in the evening they went back out to transfer the engineers off the island.

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Port Apin - Lismore

Coastal Connection were called in to keep a life line service running. The annual survey and refit of the MV Lismore Ferry was due. As the ferry cruised up the Great Glen to the boat yard Cameron turned up in Rannochmor. It is a short route but a very busy one. A real mixture of locals and tourists use the service. On the drier days there was a lot of cyclists and walkers.
A nice change for a few weeks at the end of the season.

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September Weekend

The usual September weekend kept the boys busy. It was mixed weather but some cracking sunrises and sunsets. There was a charter to Tobermory and another down to the Corryvreckan. The wildlife showed up too with the regular sea eagles. Bottlenose dolphins made an appearance on the Morvern shore too. The quieter time is coming but still a fair few runs out on the water.

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Transfers

The boys as always have ben running clients around the islands.
Struan had the Pipe band from Mull, as they were too late for the Calmac ferry. Calm weather made it an easy run. Lismore Lighthouse too has been busy.
For another year they moved the ball goers from Mull to Oban for the annual Ball after the Oban games. Early runs back to Mull for them to catch up on some much needed sleep. The weather has been mixed as you can imagine.

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East to West

Cameron was out round the Garvellachs last week. On board he had walking group that walked from Dunkeld to Oban! The final leg was out to Iona, but for a bit of a rest day they went out on the water. Cameron landed them at the Garvellachs then after a picnic there he headed for the Grey Dogs and the Corryvreckan. The spring tides put on powerful displays in both locations. To top it off they had sea eagles close to the boat on the way to Loch Spelve. After a drop off on Mull Cameron head back to base.

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Staffa Bottlenose

A few weeks ago Cameron had a private charter from Loch Buie. They hit lucky with the weather and headed out West. At Staffa they had a pod of bottlenose dolphins and they put on an amazing display for everyone. After this they headed to Lunga and then Iona. The perfect weather topped the day off. One of the guests managed to get a great photo from his iPhone of the dolphin leaping out.

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