AS the Beatles song goes ‘there are places I remember' and I won't be forgetting the Solent so song as I have a crooked spine and two knees made from papier-mÃ¢chÃ©.
What steams out of Cowes at high speed? A 350cc Suzuki outboard driving a 26ft ridged inflatable boat against a short, sharp sea.
On a pretty grim day there was only one way to get your lunch and this was it. Although terrorising the Royal Yacht Squadron and its obsession with cannons has its appeal. Talk about 1812 overture.
There is a problem with what was once the wolf pack of motoring hacks. It has turned into a poodle parlour with advancing years that does little than moan about arthritis.
What was once the living fear of barmen across the better hotels now worries more about the quality of breakfast than brand.
Around halfway across the water to the Isle of Wight we met a man in an aluminium landing craft with a Suzuki Swift on board. I know the latest third generation version as a huge amount going for it but taking your car fishing is ridiculous.
The main purpose of a brief voyage to Hampshire was a fully-loaded edition of the attractive little swift, the SZ-T spec based Attitude.
How much will it cost you for a perfectly able, well equipped family car? Around £16,000. Which is less than one of the high-powered outboards and nowhere near as wet under acceleration.
Lymington to Cowes in 15 minutes certainly stirs the blood. Bournemouth to Manchester and on home by cattle truck via Cross Country trains and Northern Rail in seven hours just has you staring into the abyss. All things considered I would rather be on a prison ship. Or a yellow submarine.
The Swift Attitude is available in a selection of colours which are Fervent Red as a solid colour and Pure White, Premium Silver, Super Black, Mineral Grey and Burning Red as metallic colours as a £485 cost option.
With its unique to model styling upgrades and 1.2-litre Dualjet engine, the Attitude offers a stand out sporting design and is an ideal model for younger buyers who may perhaps look to aspire to the 1.4-litre Boosterjet Sport model in the future.
The 1.2-litre Attitude Special Edition model was added to the range in January 2019. The Attitude is based on the popular SZ-T model and offers unique exterior design from its numerous styling upgrades. It also offers good affordability with low running costs and is one of the most powerful and economical cars amongst its direct competitors.
In addition to the comprehensive SZ-T standard specification, Attitude adds mesh front grille with chrome trim, rear upper spoiler, front, side and rear carbon effect skirts and 16" polished alloy wheels.
The Attitude is powered by Suzuki's K12C 1.2-litre Dualjet four-cylinder engine with an output of 90ps and is equipped with five-speed manual transmission. It has a CO2emissions figure of 108g/km (NEDC tested) and combined fuel consumption when tested under WLTP regulation is 51.4 mpg.
With its unique to model styling upgrades and 1.2-litre Dualjet engine, the Attitude offers a stand out sporting design and is an ideal model for younger buyers who may perhaps look to aspire to the more powerful 1.4-litre Boosterjet Sport model in the future.