Wet and wild in Tasmania

Tasman Peninsula coastline

Tasman Peninsula coastline

My mother warned me about not getting into cars with strangers. But she never said anything about boats. Which is why I’m hurtling at 60kmh through some of the roughest seas in the world with a man named Mick. Right now, I’m wondering whether I’ll ever see my mother again. I’m also concerned that a full English breakfast wasn’t the smartest choice.

Mick seems to know what he’s doing, though, and the boat is certainly up to the job. Custom-built specifically to take on these sorts of waters, the 12.5-metre inflatable RIB has a military SAS-style hull and is powered by three 300hp Mercury outboards. It’s incredibly manoeuvrable and so fast it inadvertently set a record for crossing the Tasman while it was being delivered.

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