The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival keeps alive our maritime culture and heritage by bringing together large historic boats, traditional sailing craft and all small craft, both historic and modern, over the two day Festival.
With competitive sailing races and on the water displays, as well as the opportunity for visitors to get on board and chat with skippers and crews, it’s an experience everyone enjoys.
Bring Your Boat!
We look forward to welcoming old friends and new to the Festival. For further details or to register your boat and attendance, please contact our Maritime Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some vessels we have welcomed in past years…
Black Gold – Built and owned by Portsoy resident Alisdair Scott.
Bobbin – A Manx Yol, a 1980s GRP version of a small open fishing boat from the Isle of Mann in the late 19th Century.
Brunhilde – A replica of a Tancook Whaler from Tancook Island off Nova Scotia. The design is almost the same as a Shetland model boat – a clinker planked, as opposed to carvel as the originals, double ended two masted schooner rigged with a long (9ft) bowsprit. She is mahogany planked on rock elm frames and the keel is iroko. Built in 1967 in Unst.
Carinella – 1961 Fifer which was restored from 2015 onwards.
Comet BF 430 – Brothers Built by Nobles of Girvan for John and Donald Galbraith with the Highland Board and launched in 1961 as Magdalena CY. 203. The vessel was not well looked after and was re-possessed by the Highland Board and sold at public auction to Whitehills fishermen, John Watson and the late John Cowie who renamed her Comet BF. 430. After a somewhat mixed history she was bought by Billy Milne who has returned her to her original looks and is now moored in Macduff.
Comrades – Built in 1958 by John Watt of Banff, Comrades was based in the Shetland Isles. Billy Milne from Macduff bought the boat in 2017. She is the only remaining Seine net vessel of her type in the country.
Deineira – A mahogany on Oak Pocket Sloop built by K & R Skentlebury in Plymouth in 1964, one of five or six similar yachts built by the yard as fore-runners to their highly successful Saltram line of yachts produced later. She is a long-keeler with a modest cutaway and a transom-mounted rudder with 13hp inboard Lister twin cylinder engine. Found on Ebay in September 2011 and bought sight unseen, she was moored up in a drying harbour near Caernarfon at the Southern mouth of the Menai straight. After lots of work and refurbishment she was put back in the water in 2012.
Douglas Currie – EX RNLI 48’ 6” Solent class lifeboat with hinged wheelhouse door and seated steering position. Built by Groves & Guttridge at the cost of £65,113 in 1973 and provided by the Douglas Currie Trust and a legacy of Mr Davidson. She entered the relief fleet in March 1989 where she stayed until sold in 1992 when sent to Tenerife where she continued as a rescue boat. The lifeboat is now displayed by the kind permission of her private owners and is maintained at their expense with no cost to the RNLI.
Douglas Currie – Ex RNLI 48′ 6″ Solent Class Lifeboat built in 1973. Now privately owned and displayed at no cost to the RNLI.
Feadhanach – (“Fe ha nach”) Gentle Breeze in Gaelic is a 16 foot double ended gaff cutter based on the Shetland Sixareen from Selway Fisher plans. She was built in 2009 by Northboats near Insch in Aberdeenshire. She is clinker built of marine grade ply and iroko finishing with mast and spares of douglas fir. Feadhanach has competed in the Scottish Raid http://www.sailcaledonia.org/ every year since 2010 which is a race by sail and oar from Fort William to Inverness up the Great Glen.
Genesis – Modern cruising yacht.
Greygoose – A Stevenson Weekender built in 2005.
Isabella Fortuna – Built by James Weir, Arbroath, the Isabella was launched on the 15th September 1890. With an overall length of 45 feet, 13 feet 9 inches beam and a draught of 6 feet. She was powered by two big lug sails, a jib and five oars and was intended for line and drift-net fishing. In 1997 the Wick Society bought the Isabella Fortuna from Hobson Rankin and since that date enthusiastic volunteers have been engaged on a continuous programme of renewal and restoration at sea and on the water.
Jessie G – A Drascome Scaffie, built in the late 70s.
Knick Knack – A Drascome Dabber which carries a yawl rig on the main and also has a mizzen mast.
Knuten – From Norway, a traditional Nordfjord boat.
Lady Vi – A Westerly Tempest built in1988. A regular visitor to the Festival, she has sailed into almost every harbour on the Moray Firth and has also sailed to the Orkney Islands and to the west coast via the Caley Canal. Ten year ago Lady Vi took part in the North Sea race from Skudneshaven in Norway to Macduff.
Marean – Built in 1949 for Crail, fished until 2000 when she was converted to sail.
Pashlee – A 1986 Sadler 26, the most notable feature being its unsinkability.
Peregrine – Built by Lakeland Wooden Boats, she has sailed over 1200 miles.
Pollaidh – A Catspaw dinghy built in 2016 at GalGael Trust, Glaasgow.
Raasay – A Rival 34 built in 1972.
Rose Leaf – A 20ft Fifie Yawl built in the early 1900s. Clinke built of larch on oak, with a single dipping lug and deep keep for sailing.
Struan – A 1984 bilge keel motor sailer which resides in Stonehaven.
Talsabie – 1966 Holman Sovereign 32, designed for offshore raving/cruising.
The Swan – One of the few surviving sailing Fifies which formed a large part of the drifter fleet in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
Two Brothers – A wooden Drascombe Lugger built in 1997.
White Wing – A 33 foot Baldie, a variety of the Fifie lugsail design popular on the East coast of Scotland. She was built in 1917 by Jas. Cadger at Gardenstown for John Ritchie of Whitehills, Banffshire. The Ritchie family ownership continued until 1942 when she was sold to Andrew and David Lownie and operated out of Gourdon, near Montrose. She was registered at Montrose as ME113 and continued fishing until the early 1980’s. In 1986 she was used by the BBC in a television film called The Shutter Falls, which was shot in Portsoy. She was then acquired by the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther and since 1986 she has been restored to her original dipping lugsail rig by the members of the Museum Boats Club.
Wilfridus – A copy of a 15 foot Irish Dunfannagy currach constructed the traditional way with canvas stretched on larch laths.