Wild Carol does Australia
John and Fiona Fraser
Mon 6 Jun 2011 22:16
Eventually got away from Rhu at about 13:30 today after offloading surplus stuff into the car. Emergency unplanned hat overboard drill - we failed to retrieve Graham's cap from Africa. I'm sorry to say we lost sight of it and have to assume it sank and was lost in spite of strenuous efforts!
Moderate southerly wind. We fired up engine for last half of trip from Largs to Troon but started to get vibration from engine. After we got into Troon Max and Iain constructed a mini-ROV to inspect underwater (see picture). Very successful - looks like we have a rope or something on the prop. We will inspect again in daylight. Hope there's no permanent damage.
mini-ROV underwater inspection tool - made from boat hook, gorilla pod, Olympus Tough camera, two peli torches and a strobe light!