I have never been one for sailing or for boat trips, in fact, I have never really been on a boat… unless you count the car ferry at Fowey…
So for my first proper boat trip, I decided to go all out and explore with Lyme Rib Rides on their powerboat and their Jurassic tour!
I recieved a Red Letter Days experience voucher for my birthday earlier this year. Joe and I decided we wanted to explore the Jurassic coastline with this voucher so a trip out on a boat would let us see the coastline from a new perspective. As well as be a new experience for us both.
We booked on to go on the trip on their last weekend of the season. The trip we had booked was the 50 minute Jurassic coast cruise. This trip consisted of 10 minutes of briefing and preparation and 40 minutes of cruising along the Jurassic coast. Taking in the stunning views of the coastline as well as the thrills of the speed of the boat.
At 10.45am we headed to the end of the Cobb in Lyme Regis to await the start of our trip. Out playing on the water was the boat we were soon to board, Sea Spirit.
A short while later after the boat came to park up on the Cobb, we met the Skipper Patrick and boarded. The powerboat can take up to 12 passengers, but there was only 4 of us that morning. All kitted up with our lifejackets and fully safety briefed we were ready to head out!
Keeping to the Harbour speed limit we crawled our way out of the harbour and out to sea. Once out of the boundaries the boat sped up to around 20-30 knots. The sea was very flat that morning and Joe and I sat on the front row of the boat so it became very bouncy! This was great fun, you could feel when the front of the boat was out of the water, then it came crashing back down. Every time I laughed.
We headed right out of Lyme Regis and headed in the direction of the fishing village of Beer. It was a nice cruising speed which allowed us to take in the scenery. To the right was the interesting rock formations making up the Jurassic Coast. To the left was just vast open space filled with the sea as far as the eye could see. It met the horizon in a line of light then cloud.
As we got to Beer we stopped to take in the view. It’s interesting as you tend to only see from the beach out to see, so it’s interesting to see the pebble beach and village from the other perspective. Looking at it trying to figure out where I sat last time I had fish and chips there.
The skipper also told us some facts about the Sea Spirit. The boat could get up to a max speed of 70 knots and had a 300-litre fuel tank. The fact that shocked me was that the whole fuel tank could be used up within an hour if the boat was being driven at its full capabilities! Now, thats a lot of fuel to use up!
On the way back we stopped for a play around, the boat doing doughnuts was a highlight of the trip. The side of the boat getting low to the water, just waiting for it to splash you. We finished up the trip by heading back towards Lyme Regis at a speedy 50 knots, it was exhilarating and very bouncy.
We passed Seaton, Charlton Bay and Pinhay bay on this round trip, taking in various facts about the coastline along with the interesting views. We didn’t know what to expect on this trip however the trip was better than we could have imagined. Feeling the wind in your hair, bouncing up and down at great speeds along the sea, taking in the unique coastline in front of you. Its an experience thoroughly enjoyed.
What new experience have you tried recently? Also if you’ve been on any powerboat or coastal boat trips share them in the comments!
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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