Heating & Fishing


We have just had a great long weekend island hopping and fishing with Tim and his partner Janine, the owner of a Glasgow heating engineering company called Paisley Boiler Installations. (https://paisleyboilerinstallations.co.uk/) A lovely couple, we were blessed with such good company for the last 4 days. Tim is a great fisherman…. though this was the first time that he and his girlfriend Janine had been on a yacht. But they have both now found their sea legs!

We started the trip when Tim and Janine joined us on board in Largs on Thursday. On the first day we had a short sail over to Kingarth on the Isle of Bute. Friday saw us reach Lochranza in Arran, Saturday we fished and set anchor off the beautiful beaches down the coast from Cambeltown and Sunday we spent the day fishing and sailing back to Largs with an afternoon stopover on the Island of Millport.

As is the aim for our time in the UK we got to know as much as possible about our guests profession and business as possible. Where we are from in Gibraltar there is little need for gas central heating but Tim’s company is one of the many in the UK that keeps UK homes warm with hot water available at the turn of a tap. Tim runs a company of heating and gas engineers that specializes in the installation or replacement of gas boiler and central heating systems for homes and businesses. With 5 vans on the road and 5 full time engineers as well as 3 apprentices and 7 part time contractors he is one of the better sized companies in Paisley and Glasgow as a whole.

Central heating on the good ship Carrabell is quite different ……… usually there is none! 🙂 But when we are caught in colder waters there’s small heater powered by a gas bottle.

Combination hot water and central heating boilers are certainly not something we are used to! The summer, Tim tells us, is the quietest time of year for boiler installation and repair work hence the trip away with us as he takes advantage of a little down time!

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Our Video Camera Got Wet

It appears that video cameras don’t like water as much as seals….. We are lucky enough to be able to see more seals today but we can’t share the videos today…. maybe if the camera drys out a little we’ll be back in action 🙂 Here’s a nice video someone uploaded a few years ago

Beautiful day sailing

Another beautiful day at sea. We were joined by a couple of seals for a while this morning but the camera battery was dead so we will file those memories in our heads instead of online today! Flying the flag with the morning cup of tea.

Sunny Scotland!


Who would have guessed it?! Scotland and England have had the most sunny days in a row since 1976! In south England there were 11 weeks of sunshine with about 2 and a half hours or rain. …. For our land lubbing friends that means hose pipe bans and dry lawns but for us it means a lot or time spent swimming and a lot of icy cold gin and tonic. Luckily Arran had a good supply of limes!

Beach walk after docking at Troon

The photo was taken on a coast walk after docking in Troon. Our nephew James his son Kirk and his dog Jobby came to join us. This was the cloudiest day in months but still more than enough blue to sew a pair of sailors trousers! The Cullen skink soup was a treat. We’ve just said goodbye to to two guests who sailed for 5 days with us around Arran and Bute. Charming guests and great company. Thank you Emma and Jason! We even saw the hillside fires being fought down the coast above Dumbarton. The smoke was billowing up the hills for 4 or 5 days and at night you could see the fires turning the hillside red and orange. Luckily no one was hurt and its now under control but quite impressive to see. We are trying to learn how to build a website at the moment ….. helped with G&T ….. and its going a little slowly. WordPress is officially a mare! I prefer fishing. If anyone could please tell me what the difference between a Page and a Post is?! …. Please put me out of my misery!

I almost forgot that we have decided to write this blog following the interests of our guests and anything we pick up from them. We will try to educate ourselves a little upon each visit and I will do my best to put our learnings into words. Jane and I have always had a love for plants and trees (not so strange seeing as Jane is a botanist and I was an Arboricultural engineer) and on our travels. Wherever we have been over the last few years we have always taken a keen interest in the native flora and fuana and we hope Scotland will keep us interested. Until soon!! See us at Carrabell Charters. 

Welcome to my new website!

Hi. Welcome to Carrabelle Charters. We hope to hear from you on any suggested voyages of adventure! We will be sailing around Scotland and England picking up interesting new friends along the way to join us on the water for a while!