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Circumnavigating Great Britain on a speedboat 18ft


We follow Ian Furby on his journey around Great Britain, in an 18ft-speedboat.

I am 53 years old and proud Yorkshireman. I also admit to being a boat enthusiast. I am fortunate to have a family that shares (or tolerates) my passion.

I’ve been involved with boats for more than 30 years. In my 20s I was a wreck diver who spent many years on the Runswick Rescue Boat as crew and captain.

I have my yacht coastal skipper’s certificate and various other powerboat licences. I own a Nordkapp Enduro 550 called Summer Buoys that I bought in 2015 for £25,000. It’s 18ft in length and is powered by a Evinrude ETEC 115hp outboard motor.

Adventure beckons

These days, my family and I do most of our boating out of Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire, where we’re fortunate enough to own a cottage. If you’ve never been, don’t come, it’s horrible! Just kidding; it’s a beautiful Cornish-type coastal village with narrow winding lanes and an incredible sandy bay that won the best Best Beach in Britain award in 2020. The Royal Hotel pub has a stunning view of the Jurassic coast from its bay. Runswick is home to its own microclimate.

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