The small, open boat that ferries the hardy inhabitants of Scoraig back and fore is hardly in the class of a MacBrayne vessel, be it roll on or roll off.
But it seemed like a decent wheeze when Andy Anderson, SNP education convener in Highland, Drew Millar, his Independent number two, and Bruce Robertson, director of education, set sail on a fine June day for their inspection of the local school whose teacher's salary is paid by the council.
Loch Broom and the west Highland climate had other ideas. The heavens opened and there were soon three very wet men in a boat during the half-hour crossing. Better than the midges perhaps.