A new business is opening in Rhu Marina, offering powerboat training and sightseeing trips in a high-spec RIB.
You & Sea Ltd is an RYA-approved training centre specialising in powerboat courses, founded and operated by Euan Carruthers, who has a wealth of marine teaching experience .
As well as offering all the approved practical shore-based and interactive RYA powerboat-related courses including related areas, such as VHF Radio and First Aid, You & Sea also offers bespoke courses designed to meet specific needs – such as close-quarter manoeuvring, night passage making, or similar, tailored to customer requests.
“I am delighted to be starting this new venture in Rhu Marina,” said Euan
“The area has the ideal combination of sheltered waters and challenging sea conditions. Too many people do their powerboat courses in small boats which bear no resemblance to what they then go on to use privately or commercially.
“We invested a lot of money to get the right boat, and we look forward to introducing people to the pleasures of the high-spec RIB experience’
The teaching boat will also be available for charter, with skipper, for an hour, a half-day, or a day.
The hour-long trips will be in the sea area around Helensburgh and the Gareloch but half-day trips can be further afield such as Rothesay or Loch Goil.
Day trip destinations will depend on whether customers want to spend their time on the water touring or would prefer some time ashore. The cost for the boat is £75 per trip for one hour, £150 per trip for half day and £250 per trip for a day, and the boat can seat up to five people, although it is not suitable for under-12s.
Also on the You & Sea team is Brian ‘Budgie’ Murdoch, widely known and highly respected in the Scottish marine community, as technical and professionals adviser.
The remaining team members are instructor and administrator Alice Meade, instructor Steve Noble, first aid instructor Chrisy Southgate and Lesley Carruthers who handles accounts and administration.
The Humber 6.8m RIB is a boat with a tested reputation for sea-worthiness and performance, and is equally suitable for higher-level course teaching or pleasure trips.
The smaller sister version, the 6.3, has raced around Ireland, circumnavigated the UK in the Armed Forces expedition, and travelled to the Arctic as part of the Gore-tex Arctic Challenge – a video of this can be viewed on the website.