This traditional skiff was designed by G L Watson and built by MacDuff Boatbuilding in 1979 as a cruising yacht along the lines of the iconic Loch Fyne herring skiff. Instantly recognisable with an almost plumb stem, the unmistakable stern and steeply raked sternpost. Ruggedly built in the fishing boat style she is a rare opportunity to acquire a relatively recent traditional boat with a recent modern Diesel. During recent years the current owner has upgraded the boat making her easier to handle with a smaller crew, with additions to the inventory and fit out on and below decks.
A deep cockpit aft is well sheltered by the doghouse with the long tiller extending far enough forward for the helmsman to enjoy the full benefits of the doghouse. Below decks comfortable accommodation for a full crew of 4 is provided with all bunks of a good size and the large saloon provides an excellent space for eating and entertaining.
With her interesting history and classic design she would be quiet at home attending classic boat festivals around Europe if desired. Currently lying afloat in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Contact office to arrange viewing or discuss transport arrangements.
Designed around the lines of iconic Loch Fyne Skiff, a traditional working boat; and built by MacDuff Boatbuilding as you would expect the build is of a robust nature. Below decks the fit out is traditional in style and as such the massive structural frames and hull planking are all readily visible. The hull is of carvel type construction with planking of 1.25" larch on substantial 3"x6" sawn oak frames. The deck is of 0.75" marine plywood on oak beams, sheathed in GRP. All internal fit out is of marine grade plywood with larch trims.
During the last lay-up the rudder was removed and overhauled including some subtle changes to its profile. These overhaul and modification has given the rudder improved qualities, reducing weather helm and making the boat less tiring to helm with the rudder now being semi-balanced.
The boat was last surveyed for insurance purposes in 2012 and a copy of this survey is available for any interested parties.
In line with the traditional Loch Fyne skiff designs the boat is fitted a lug sail and jib, a bowsprit projecting well forward of the stemhead to increase the sail area and balance the rig. The substantial spars are all of Oregon pine with traditional type galvanised steel fittings and wire. The bowsprit is retractable if required.
62hp Beta Marine diesel engine mounted in space beneath cockpit sole. Engine accessible from above with sole lifted with additional removable panels forward in saloon and quarter berths for access to front end of engine. With cockpit sole lifted full access is given to gearbox and sterngear.
Below decks the fit out is of a traditional style with minimal linings to conceal the boats structural timbers and planking giving the boat a very traditional feel. Despite the classic design the accommodation space below decks is very spacious and well used with 5'10" of headroom and all bunks being 6'+.
The forepeak has two large single bunks in a V-berth formation with the stout square sectioned mast running through the compartment onto its solid oak keel step. Storage is provided with a selection of shelves and a small hanging locker
A small heads compartment is located to starboard at the forward end of the saloon with a sea toilet and pull out basin.
The saloon area in the central part of the boat is open plan in layout creating a great living space. The recently re-fitted galley is located at the forward end of the space to port with gas cooker, sink and storage. A large saloon table is fitted centrally with stout bench seating running along its length outboard port and starboard. A diesel fired heater is located at the forward end of the saloon with 2 hotplates on top to make use of excess heat, ideal for a kettle.
Two large quarter bunks are located port and starboard at the aft end of the space and run under the cockpit, both are of generous proportions.