Hughie Balfour Paul was raised on the Island of Mull. Hughie has great experience of the coastal sea waters, having spent time on his fully-equipped commercial vessel plus he is time-served from his work on trawlers and larger commercial ships. As well as a competent Skipper, he is also a fully-qualified Aviator and has spent many years travelling the world flying planes and helicopters.
MV. Brightwater is an Orkney Pilothouse. This little ship is highly regarded in the industry as it is safe and fast. With full covers for the back of the boat you can keep dry no matter what the weather, but with the side off you get the best of both worlds.
Brightwater is certified by the authorities to carry 6 passengers. She is powered by a big Volvo turbo diesel, powering out through twin contra rotating props. This will get her skipping along at a 22kt cruise. Should we need to get there a bit quicker, we can go up to 30kts.
We have some of the latest navigation toys onboard including a GPS flat screen plotter, radar and a sonar system for finding fish, or studying wrecks etc.
We also have an AIS, this gives our position and speed that can be followed on a computer or should there be an emergency we can be located instantly.
There is a toilet on board, so no awkward moments!