Tuesday, 10 October 2017

It's Time For Scotland's Boatshow

2017 Kip Boat Show

With the 2017 The Yacht Market.com Southampton Boat Show now a faint memory Scotland's Boat Show gets underway this Friday at Kip Marina. The weekend promises to be action packed with lots to see and captivate the imagination of those not interested in boats. Some highlights from the schedule for this years event include the Pelle-P fashion show, the infamous Lewmar Grinding Rig Challenge and Nick Nairn's live cookery demonstrations. No boat show however is complete without BOATS.... and around the Clyde from Troon  to Greenock there will be boats galore to see both new and used. 

If the bustle of the boat shows doesn't appeal or you have walked the crowed pontoons and failed to find that boat that's just right for you don't forget to look at what's for sale away from the Clyde with independent brokers such as ourselves. After a frantic summer which saw unprecedented levels of sales activity for our brokerage service our resident ABYA broker and General Manager Mark Cameron has been busy working with vendors around the west coast bring some fantastic new listings onto the market. We have picked a few highlights below, find the full current list on our dedicated Brokerage Page on the website.

Grand Banks 46 - 'Rega of Ardfern'

Grand Banks 46 Classic for sale
 Grand Banks motor yachts are found in all corners of the world. The unmistakable silhouette having gained a loyal following of owners and admirers who appreciate the fine craftsmanship and top quality materials used to create these excellent cruisers. 
Commissioned by a serial Grand Banks owner REGA was built with no expense spared and the focus on creating a comfortable coastal cruiser capable of looking after her crew no matter the conditions. Loaded with unique features including long range fuel tanks, Trac stabilsier system, hydraulic bow thruster, electro/hydraulic tender crane; she is a magnificent example of the class and a boat not to be missed. Lying here at Ardfern, afloat and in commission.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 - 'Eureka IV'

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 for sale
A striking modern cruising yacht the Marc Lombard designed hull with its distinct chine aft,wide stern, sleek sheerline, narrow heavily tinted portlights and plumb bow leaves the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 standing out from the crowd. Winner of the Cruising World 2012 'Cruising Yacht of the Year' Award the Jeanneau Sun Odyessy 379 has proved to be a very capable and popular cruising yacht. Widely regarded as a better sailing boat than her big sisters the SO379 is easily sailed short handed and capable of making quick, comfortable offshore passages.
EUREKA IV is a rare single owner, two cabin version of the class benefiting from a huge heads compartment and extra on deck storage. Upgraded from the standard specification to suit the owners requirements she has an extensive inventory including additional freshwater tankage, full cockpit tent and the single deep spade rudder. Lying afloat and in commission in Tarbert, Argyll we highly recommend early viewing to avoid disappointment.

Nauticat 331 - 'Ailona'

Nauticat 331 for sale
Presented in sail away condition AILONA is a rarely found in the UK live aboard example of the popular Nauticat 331 motorsailer. Based on the old Nauticat 33 the design of the 331 has been changed very little during the last 45 years of production. Some tweaks below the waterline have improved boat handling and sailing performance for the better while below decks the finish has been refined to an exceptional standard as you would expect from a premium Scandinavian boat builder. Accommodation is provided below decks for a total of 4 crew in comfort with a single large heads forward and the elevated wheelhouse providing panoramic views from the saloon table. Benefiting from over £20k of upgrades and re-fitting since 2015 the boat really is ready to sail, offered with a full inventory. Lying afloat and incommission on the pontoons here at Ardfern.

Moody 38CC - 'Trinity of Rhu'

Moody 38CC for sale
The Bill Dixon designed centre cockpit Moody's of the mid 1990's are highly regarded by cruising yachtsmen around the globe. Offering good performance under sail with a safe comfortable deck layout and spacious practical accommodation below decks its not hard to understand why. The Moody 38CC offers the cruising sailor a great platform to get afloat and explore the coasts of the UK or oceans of the World! 
TRINITY OF RHU is a well presented example of the class having been well looked after throughout her life and continually upgraded. Ideally suited to family cruising with 7 berths over 3 cabins, twin heads and a spacious saloon. Recent upgrades include Raymarine ST70 instruments, upgrading of the fuel system and replacement of the stern gear. Currently lying on the Crinan Canal afloat and in commission ready to sail away. Keep your eye on the website if your a Moody fan we have a very nice example of the smaller Moody 35CC coming soon.

Morgan Giles 35 - 'Tilly III'

Morgan Giles 35' sloop for sale
Some boats just make you smile when you row ashore in the dinghy, TILLY III definitely falls into this category. Designed and built by Morgan Giles in Teignmouth TILLY III was the result of a commission from the then Lord Devonport for a capable offshore racing yacht a role which she proved more than capable of fulfilling. Using then state of the art design and construction principles she was something of benchmark design in the 1950's and although a one-off design many of the elements found there way into subsequent designs. With only her third owners since being built TILLY III was found by the current owners following an extended lay-up and in need of some TLC. Having the skill (being a time served boat builder) the current owner embarked upon a four year hull up restoration of the boat which saw her stripped back to a bare hull and deck structure before being completely rebuilt. Since being relaunched she has completed more than 8000 miles of cruising exploring waters from La Rochelle to the Pentland Firth!
With the asking price just reduced by £10,000 TILLY III is an excellent opportunity to acquire a lovely classic yacht, recently restored to the highest standards and ready to sail away. Call the office to arrange a viewing of the boat in Oban.

Dehler 32 - 'Dealanach'

Dehler 32 for sale
Dehler have an established history of producing visually appealing, slippery hulled performance cruiser which are also popular with club racers. With its impressive design pedigree, coming from the board of Judel/Vorlijk & company, the Dehler 32 has gained a reputation as a rewarding boat to sail, delivering good performance at all points of sail while being well mannered enough for those looking for a quick short handed cruiser. If your looking for performance cruiser which is also a practical cruising yacht without the complications of twin rudders, carbon spars and unattractively wide sterns look no further.
DEALANACH (gaelic for lightning) still with her original owners is a nicely presented one owner example of this 6 berth, two cabin design. Specified from new with the 'Cruiser Pack' from the builder she benefits from Eberspacher diesel heating, 60ltr fridge, holding tank, electric anchor windlass and full Garmin instrument pack including autopilot. Cruised predominately with just two aboard she has proved to be a great fun cruiser capable of making quick passages without tiring her crew. Due to come ashore for winter storage before the end of the month the boats currently lying afloat and in commission in Lochaber.

Full details of all our current brokerage listings can be found on our dedicated Brokerage Page on the website.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

A Season of International Sales for the Ardfern Brokerage

Hallberg-Rassy 37
Fulmar under Swedish flag ready to depart for Sweden

Fulmar heads back to Sweden

To finish a busy year for our brokerage service yesterday saw the immaculate Hallberg-Rassy 37 'Fulmar' depart Ardfern heading back to Sweden with her new owners. Listed for sale following an extended period of lay-up the boat was launched from her long term home at Creran Marine and brought to Ardfern while our workshops worked through a short post-survey snagging list getting her ready for a North Sea crossing later next week.

'Our brokerage business has seen a prolonged period of steady growth for the last 4 years. Vendors based on the west coast of Scotland are now aware that with the developments in online advertising and engaging a pro-active broker it no longer requires the boat to be located on the Clyde as was previously the case to achieve a quick sale. As independent brokers we have been working to establish a network of connections in other independent brokerages around Europe to ensure we can offer the best possible service for clients not only selling their own boats but also those looking for their next boat.

'Fulmar' is a great example of the benefits collaborative approach. This is the second boat this year which we have sold to Swedish buyers through our established connection Tobias and his team at Navark Yacht Brokers in Helsingborg. We achieved a quick sale at the very top end of the price range for the model and were able to use our full service facilities to accommodate the installation of new equipment prior to the boats departure.

The continued weakness of the pound against other currencies will see us continue to look to buyers based overseas to achieve the best possible sales value for our clients

commented Ardfern General Manager and resident ABYA Broker Mark Cameron. 

Thinking of buyer or selling a boat this autumn?

As Boat Show season gets underway with Yachting Festival De Cannes over and The Yacht Market Southampton Boatshow now in full swing we are looking forward to Scotland's Boatshow and the traditionally busy autumn brokerage period. If your thinking about buying or selling your boat this winter find out how we can assist in the Brokerage section of the website

Saturday, 19 August 2017


Ardfern Yacht Centre SOLA


We are delighted to have just received confirmation that our customers have nominated us for this years Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards in the Best Marina Category. Voting in this years awards closes at midnight on Friday August 25th please take two minutes to cast your vote and help us reach the finals in October.


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Pirates Are Coming

Its the time of year when all the Craignish Pirates muster for the annual parade through the village. A great sight to behold. This year the parade runs in conjunction with a Sunday Market in the Craignish Village Hall with lots of goodies from local suppliers inluding our very own Bea and her tasty baking stall.......
Ardfern Pirate Parade
Come Along And Get Involved

Friday, 30 June 2017


Sadly after more than a decade with the company Bea is leaving the team in October. 

Bea will be known to all visitors to Ardfern and will be missed by all staff and customers of Ardfern Yacht Centre. We are now recruiting for her replacement and she will be a hard act to follow we are sure you will agree. If you are interested in finding out more about the position please see the Job Vacancies pack on our website.

Application packs can be obtained by emailing Mark. mark@ardfernyacht.co.uk

Friday, 23 June 2017

A Hot Day In Hamble For Mark

Mark made a flying visit to a very hot and humid Hamble earlier this week to attend the ABYA Senior Brokers Training Day at The Royal Southern Yacht Club.

Blue skies from the Royal Southern Yacht Club sun deck

ABYA brokers travelled from all over Europe to attend the annual training day which provides a valuable oppurtunity for members to network and update their knowledge with the latest changes in technology, law and best practice. After welcoming delegates ABYA Chairman John Rodriguez and YBDSA CEO Jane Gentry introduced a range of speakers covering a broad range of topics.

Martin Pittilo (YDSA Chairman) - Maple Marine

Tips For Brokers In Identifying Condition Issues
A run through on how ABYA Brokers can assist clients by spotting common condition issues at the start of the sales process, avoiding unwelcome surprises at the time of survey.

Robin Clifford - CLA Consulting

Cyber Securtiy
Specialising in cyber security for high net worth individuals and super yachts delegates were given a scary insight into just how vulnerable individuals are to the ever increasing threat of cyber crime. From security compromised mobile phones and coffee machines....... to military grade encrypted email solutions.

Russel Kelly & Lucy Goff - LA Marine

Consumer Legislation
An update on the recent changes to Consumer Legislation which affects all retail businesses with the new rights to returns goods and cancel contracts at the forefront of discussions.

Jane Gentry - YBDSA

Bills of Sale
Excercise lead discussion to refresh delegates knowledge of how to process Bills of Sale in difficult and challenging circumstances with all delegates demonstrating the depth of knowledge clients can expect from an ABYA Broker.

ABYA Broker Training Day
Boats everywhere on the river Hamble

Full Members of ABYA have to comply with the associations continual professional development program, attending events like this on a regular basis to keep their knowledge up to date, offering clients a professional service.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Count Down to Round Mull Race 2017

Running this year over the weekend 7th - 9th July Oban Sailing Clubs Round Mull Race is always a popular event with competitors. 

Round Mull Race Fleet Under Spinnaker

The event attracts all types of sailors annually and offers something for everyone with various different classes included a two-handed class. Circumnavigating the island of Mull to port the fleet departs Oban on the Friday morning with overnight stops in Tobermory and Bunessan with the world famous Mull hospitality in full flow. 

Enter Today

If your looking for different weekends sailing in some of the finest waters Scotland has to offer why not enter this years event. Visit the Oban Sailing Club Website for full details and entry forms.