Skippered for the owner of an Atlantis 47 on Saturday on his first charter.
First major obstacle engine checks. Cant possibly get to the dip sticks to check oil, have to remove the bloomin tender from the garage.
Bear in mind we are stern too out here. Would'nt like to have a major hose failure whilst going along in big seas, imagine launching the tender off the aft end, bugger all to hang on to etc, need I say more. Why do they build boats like this?
Anyway accelerate up to 16-18 knts and forward sun bed flys over the top (he had not fastened it properly) recovered that.
The owner had taken the front cover off so I could see over the screen. No point trying to look through a serverly raked tinted screen, whos idea was that design I wonder?
Anyway get to 22 knts he then has to hang on to the front of the bimini to stop it taking off. Stop to remove entire covers whatta cafuffall.
Going into westerly 3 couple of feet of chop chines sending up the odd bit a spray.
Knowing is gets worse around the ligthouse at Gib suggest the folks go below, they decline, we all get soaked. Would not have liked it in UK in March hypothemia springs to mind.
Spent the rest of the day soaking in salt water. Give me my fly any day.