We’d been planning to return to St Abbs for a while now but the weather always seemed let us down during my days off. The forecast for the weekend ahead looked promising so we packed the van a couple of days early ready for a quick getaway if the conditions remained calm. Surprisingly they did so we set off around 4am on the Saturday morning. The journey was expected to take the usual 2 hours but took slightly longer, as due to a change in vehicle I was in a slightly slower transit minibus. We arrived there around 7am as we stopped a couple of times along the way to take a few pics. My wife wanted a pic at the England – Scotland border. We had with us my Honda Honwave T38 inflatable boat and Yamaha 9.9 outboard motor.
On arrival the place looked deserted apart from a couple of locals and the tide was quite high up which was perfect for launching the boat.
At low water there is a drop at the bottom of the slipway so launching and landing are only possible from half tide up to high. The slipway barrier wasn’t locked so we were able open the barrier and drive the van close to the slipway. We set up the boat in about 45 minutes then moved the van into the proper car park. We made a boat assembly video for my Youtube channel as I’ve had people asking me to show the complete setup process from vehicle to waters edge.