Travelled up to Loch Fyne for a few days and met Steve and Al. Weather was very nice - sunny and warm so we spent the afternoon hovering around the Loch. Al is building a Surveyor and wanted some hover-experience before finishing his own!
Had a late evening hover around the Loch before returning home - beautiful sunset!
Took a couple of Canadian rugby players on their first hover-trip - upriver from Berwick. Bit windy in the late afternoon and very rough in the harbour.
Just got back from the 2009 Scottish Hoverin on Loch Fyne (again!).
The weather was pretty dreadful for the first few days - high winds and rain. The wind was a south westerly blowing straight up the length of the Loch - by midday the waves were impressive! It didn't stop us thought - we were out hovering every day. We did have an unscheduled stop for a couple of hours after getting caught out by 25mph winds near the top of the Loch. We waited ... and waited ... and waited ... but the wind didn't drop at all so we headed over to the other side (VERY rough crossing - 4-5ft waves with white caps and blown spray). It was no better on the other side so we just had to battle through it for the 12 miles back home.
By Thursday night the weather had improved significantly - 14-18C, blue skies and lower winds so we made the most of it with several long distance cruises. The best was probably a trip to Tarbert via Lochgilphead - I missed the harbour entrance by two miles as it was three miles on the other side of the Loch (at least that's my excuse!!).
Took the Prospector down to Berwick to test out the maintenance fixes after Loch Fyne (I had carb and ignition problems. cruised upriver for a couple of hours past the local boat club regatta.
Met Steve at Loch Fyne again - weather was pretty windy but we got in a good few hours cruising
Travelled down the Southampton Hovercraft Museum for the Hovershow 50 (the 50th anniversary of the first hovercraft channel crossing. The weather was pretty windy during the days (very typical this year!) but we got in some cruises including a solo trip across to the Ilse of Wight (about 5 miles of open water). The return journey was around 8 miles due to navigational issues. The museum had around 20,000 visitors through it's doors on the three day event - it was very busy at times!
Spent three days on Loch Fyne cruising with Steve (Vanguard). We covered over 270 miles!
Trip videos (long!) are on YouTube at
Weather was absolutely perfect apart from a rough spot when returning from the Isle of Bute