Friday, 30 March 2012

Riding the waves

A week ago I was asked by my friend Jorge to test-drive his new motorboat on it's maiden voyage. He owns the boat and I have the skipper's licence. In other words he can only sail if I'm available. Nice arrangement. The Bayliner Capri handles like a dream and the 3 litre inboard Mercruiser engine has enough muscle to drive it faster than I dare go.
The sea wasn't as calm as I'd have liked; swell just above the stern and the wind picking spray off the crests, hell-bent on soaking us to the bone. Nonetheless, I took it to 3500
revs, or until the constant thumping of hull against wave got the better of my nerves. The boat handles beautifully. The Garmin GPS unit soon started to show fish and we regretted not bringing our rods. The next trip has been planned; Jorge, Lisandra ( the girl I wrote about in the previous post) and I, will fish through the night in an attempt to fill the bucket with bream and parrot fish.
I am so looking forward to this trip for two reasons; I love fishing and I love... (work it out for yourselves)
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10 comments:

  1. That boat looks cool. Youre very lucky to live somewhere so beautiful with good friends. The only time I went out on a small boat it was sooo rough, that I felt terrible. But I do love fishing, and sitting on the back of a boat, on a gentle sea sounds very romantic.

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    1. Dicky, if you ever come to Madeira on holiday you are welcome to come with us on a trip :)

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  2. Nice boat and that water is so calm... I have my Bosuns ticket but rarely get to sea anymore but I do love speed boats

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    1. Ah, so you're also a mariner Tempo :)

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  3. The boat is nice, but DAMN! look at that gorgeous water! I am jealous!

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    1. Momma, you don't need to be jealous, just pack your bags and treat Hubster to a holiday here :)

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  4. wow that is a beast of a boat...gotta be enough to impress a gal to be sure...
    damn i wanna go fishing now!

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  5. Hi Dan, I hope it does impress - I need all the help I can get :)

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  6. WAS..a mariner! I gave it up when my health started to give out. I'm a land lubber now and stick to motorbikes and cars..

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  7. Oh yeah, I read about you and your bike. Sounds dangerous to me, I suppose so are boats

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