Unfortunately, within 1 minute, one of them was smoking, with a key part of the electronics unexpectedly overheating. We had about a 20min wait while the disabled boat floated to shore.
We turned the speed down on the second boat and managed to keep it from over-heating. The boat moved slowly at the lower speed and had some trouble with the winds and waves, but it did work.
A tourist taxi boat did its best to run the little guy over, but failed.
All in all it was slow progress, in more ways than one, but it was progress. If we can stop the FET over-heating, we'll have more pictures of sunny Doha on Sunday.