Here's another wartime photo of Chico circa 1943, unearthed from the Imperial War Museum collections. In 1940 she had twin Lewis guns mounted on the foredeck, later replaced with this much heavier machine gun.
Welcome onboard M/Y Chico
Sunday 24 January 2021
Here we are at the end of January with another lockdown Spring coming up. I'm preparing Chico for cruising this summer in the expectation that limited social mixing will be allowed, as per last July, however the timing of any relaxation is still uncertain.
Please refer to the website booking calendar for availability if you'd like to book a cruise. Here's a little taste of a summer's day, lying at anchor last year in Loch Drumbuie off the Sound of Mull.
Monday 1 June 2020
The very earliest that this is likely to happen is mid July, if the next two three weekly reviews are favourable.
Please get in touch to register an interest if you would like to book a cruise and we can see how the situation develops.
Stay safe in the meantime
Tuesday 17 March 2020
This event is still on at the time of writing, and provides a good opportunity to see them in action.
We have a number of other cruises booked through the summer which we expect to go ahead, taking individual groups to suitably remote places.
Sunday 29 September 2019
The Northern Bottlenose is a deep water species, usually found off the Continental Shelf in depths of 1000m feeding on squid, so we were concerned as to its health and whether it had become tangled in rope or net, but the next day we could see that it was free of any fouling as we witnessed displays of tail slapping and spectacular breaching.
An uncertain postscript is that on October 7th a Northern Bottlenose was sighted off Greenock, tail slapping and apparently 'lost', it must be the same animal and I fear for its future.
p.s. nothing heard subsequently so it must have made its way back out to deep water.
Wednesday 8 May 2019
This is one of the flooded slate quarries on Easdale, and everywhere you walk there is debris of dressing chips from the millions of slates exported all over world.
Easdale has found new fame as the host of the World Stone Skimming Championships, held every September, using the endless supply of perfect skimming stones.
Wednesday 3 October 2018
To allow for weather conditions this would be a six day cruise, stopping off at some of the following; Arran, Campbeltown, Islay, Gigha, Jura and the lochs on the mainland side of the Sound of Jura.
Bookings taken before the end of December will be at 2018 prices, in this case £1084 per head for 6 people.