Boats 2019-10-07T16:33:39+00:00

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’re really placing emphasis on boats and on the water activities for 2020 and 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: maritime@stbfportsoy.org

Here are some vessels confirmed to attend in 2020, we look forward to welcoming them all…

Black Gold – Built and owned by Portsoy resident Alisdair Scott.

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.

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.

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.

Swan – One of the few surviving sailing Fifies which formed a large part of the Scottish herring drifter fleet in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Following extensive restoration between 1990 and 1996, Swan now operates as a sail training and commercial vessel offering sailing opportunities in Shetland, Orkney, Scottish and Scandinavian waters. Swan was built in Lerwick, Shetland in 1900 and is the largest wooden vessel to have been built in the islands.