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: email@example.com
Here are some vessels we look forward to welcoming in 2019…
Artic Gold – Fisher 37 motor-sailer designed on traditional fishing boat lines and built with modern materials.
Bacchus – A Westerly Griffon built in 1981, she has visited most harbours on the Moray Coast & East Coast of Scotland over last ten years
Bee – Built in 1904. Probably the last surviving Stroma Yole, originally commissioned by five crofters as an open boat to ferry food, equipment and livestock to their island. Now under the protective wing of Berwickshire Maritime Trust in Eyemouth since 2017.
Black Gold – Built and owned by Portsoy resident Alisdair Scott.
Cara – Built in 1983, sail number 9482Y, owned by Jim Sammon from Findochty.
Cailleach Dhubh – Built in 1985, a gaff cutter owned by James Addison from Findochty
Carinella – This 1961 Fifer was derelict for 12 years and started restoration work in 2015 by its new owner who has done all the work single handed and is still ongoing. The boat was originally built by Miller of St Monans.
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.
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.
Eaglewing – The Tideway 12 is a classic gunter rigged clinker dinghy. A boatbuilder in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex built these in wood. When he went out of business the class was built elsewhere. Eaglewing is an original built in 1963.
Feadhanach – (‘Fe ha nach’ – Gentle Breeze in Gaelic). 16 foot double ended gaff cutter. Built in 2009 by Northboats in Insch.
Fruitful – A Fifie Yawl, built in 1955 by Miller’s, St Monans, yard no 718, for John Deas, Cellardyke, restored 2017 in the Scottish Fisheries Museum. Fruitful has fished from Fife to the Isle of Man and Orkney. One of the last of this design to come out of the yard.
Genesis – Modern cruising yacht rated to 60 nautical miles offshore, with a lifting keel and twin rudders allowing to sit on the bottom of tidal harbours that dry out.
Gitte Marie – Classic Danish Motor Fishing Vessel, built in 1943 in Lundeborg by Axel Henningsen on the island of Funen. Was a fishing vessel until 1988 then a ferry taking passengers across the estuary at Snapton (Horsens) until 2016. Purchased by Stuart Williams and sailed back to St Abbs in June 2018.
Happy Returns – 2004 fibreglass motorboat, locally berthed to enjoy the Moray Firth Coastline.
Hine Matu – (Mauri word for Island Maid), she was built in 1963 by Jimmy Smith of Allcraft Company for Scot Gilchrist of Fowlie, Cornwall. Commissioned at the London Boat Show in 1962 at a cost of £118! Returned to Scotland in 2019. See her quayside by the Old Harbour.
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.
Jan Jan – A bilge keel masthead sloop, a Mirage 27 built by Thames Marine in 1982. Now berthed at Arbroath Marina.
Kentra – The Sadler was the first unsinkable design and 400 were built over 10 years. A safe and seaworthy family cruiser.
Knick Knack – Drascombe Dabber, easily distinguished by its bowsprit, bumpkin and transom-hung rudder.
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.
MacPuff – Gordon MacKellar bought the Drascombe Lugger, “MacPuff” in Findhorn in 2002. Since then he has sailed her all over the UK on his own or at Drascombe rallies. She also participated at Sail Caledonia, 2008. She is now based in Shropshire.
Marean – Built by Millers of St Monans in 1949 for Crail, fished until 2000 then converted to sail. Found by present owner at Amble and extensively overhauled and rerigged. This is Marean’s fourth visit to Portsoy, normally based at Dunbar.
Nauti Buoy – A Leeward 18 Motor Cruiser, built by the Amble Boat Company in Northumberland. Designed and built for fishing and leisure, the GRP hull is strongly built and features a large aft cockpit with plenty of space for fishing gear. The hull design allows the boat to plane and the two 40hp Yamaha engines ensure reaching destinations swiftly!
Raasay – A Rival 34 built in 1972. Previously used for offshore racing winning the first Round Ireland Race and visiting the Azores and Iceland. Rivals are most recognisable by their strong shearline and lifted bow.
Rachel Douglas – Built in 1947 in Eyemouth. A fishing vessel of wooden carvel construction with a Gardner diesel engine. First owned and worked from Northumberland until early 60s, then sold to John Wilson and taken to St Abbs. Registered from 1947 – 2002 as BK231. A rare survivor of a medium sized fishing vessel of the mid twentieth century and typical of boats built around Scotland for inshore fishing.
Seawraith – A 50 sq m classic wooden “Windfall Yacht” built in Germany 1935 and taken by the Royal Navy as war reparations. Sank in Burghead harbour when relaunching after several years of renovation and, with the keel rehung, completed a successful relaunch and cruise from Loch Linnhe on the west coast. She could be available for sale.
Solan – Built in 1980, she is a 25 ft sailing yacht with Sadler logo.
Spindrift – The Post Boat is a GRP reproduction of the Loch Broom Post Boat; a small, clinker-built sailing vessel which was used for delivery of mail to the remote community on Loch Broom, Wester Ross.
Struan – An 1984 LM28 bilge keel Motor sailor. It was designed by the Danish company Lunderskov Møbelfabrik (LM) who produced boats from 1950s through 1980s. The hull is made of white fiberglass and the keel containing 1 ton of iron. LM were originally Danish wooden furniture makers and then started building boats, they then retired from making boats and started making Wind Turbine blades. Even today, these sailboats from the 1950s through 1980s are known for their high quality and reliability. Struan’s home berth is Stonehaven
Toraidhead – A Caledonian Yawl built by Johnson & Loftus in 2019 from plans by Iain Oughtred in Ullapool.
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.
Winsome – Gaff Sloop originally built as a half decker during early 1900s.