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.

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.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

'Cayambe' Finds A New Home in Belgium

Its been a busy start to 2017 in our Brokerage with lots of high quality cruising yachts finding new homes around the globe.

With favourable exchange rates against the pound we have been working with an international clientele during the later part of 2016 and early part of 2017 as Euro and Dollar based buyers swoop in to grab some great boats at very favourable prices. During the last 6 months we have found new homes for Najad's, Finngulf's and most recently the Rustler 36 'Cayambe' in Europe and the Americas.

A shakedown cruise to Belgium

Rustler 36 Loch Linnhe
'Fair Isle' (Ex 'Cayambe') Under full sail in Loch Linnhe heading for the Caledonian Canal
After just 6 weeks over the festive period listed on our Brokerage and interest from several different parties we concluded the sale of the Rustler 36 'Cayambe' to Mr. Willaert from Belgium. During the spring our workshops worked through Mr. Willaerts list of required works, upgrading some of the onboard electronics and undertaking works on the engine and sterngear to make her ready for her North Sea shakedown. Having now completed the delivery trip Mr. Willaert provided a summary of his experiences buying a boat through the Ardfern Yacht Centre Brokerage service.

'We sailed off from Ardfern with fair weather and took all the daunting (so I had read in many a pilot books) obstacles without problems. We thought to spin around in the Dorus Mor, to shipwreck in a sucking Corryvreckan and to be smashed in pieces in the Fladda Narrows. Although I respect highly this tough waters I was greatful we could pass through with peace. The other day the very sympathetic Scottish weathergods gave us a good westerly breeze to sail from Oban up Loch Linnhe to Corpach where we had immediate acces to the Caledonian Canal. On our approach to Fort William we encountered only one sailboat, another Rustler 36 from Ardfern, Pickle.
The passage of the Caledonian Canal was a true delight. All alone in the middle of this impressive landscape. A unique experience for the nature lovers we are. Chased by energetic weather forecasts at the east coast we flew over the Lochs to Inverness to get asap on the track south before the april gales could catch us. It was with a mixture of astonishment and sadness we saw the beautiful coastline passing by.
We crossed the Firth of Forth with forty knots northwesterly winds on a sturdy eight ton long keeler with speeds up to ten knots. (three reefs and a staysail) I never expected a Rustler 36 to surf.
We made one overnight stop in Hartlepool to stretch the legs. (the pub was a three minute walk) After nine adventurous days of true maritime delight we saw the concrete Belgian coastline appear at the horizon.
I wish to thank all the people at Ardfern Yacht Centre who prepared 'Fair Isle' (former SY Cayambe) in a way I could cross oceans with her.
I don't know all of them by name but I'm convinced they all execute their job with passion. Special thanks to the engine strippers, the riggers, Andy, the electronic magician and of course to Mr. Cameron with whom it's a pleasure to do business.

If I would ever plan to buy another boat... my love says it won't happen...
it would be somewhere in Loch Craignish.'

#LegendarySailing Rustler 36
Paul Willaert and crew making their way through the Caledonian Canal
While its always sad to see a boat like 'Cayambe'; been based in Ardfern since she was launched, leave Scottish waters we are sure she is in good hands in her new cruising grounds under her new name 'Fair Isle'. Hopefully Mr. Willaert enjoys fair winds for his first season. 

Buyers Waiting

We have a list of buyers looking for well presented cruising boats. If your thinking about changing you boat why not give Mark a call and discuss your requirements, see the latest listings on our new Brokerage Webpage.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Iconic Sailing Events in May

With the Scottish sailing season now in full swing May sees two iconic Scottish sailing events taking place with the Scottish Islands Peaks Race and The Silvers Marine Scottish Series.

Scottish Islands Peak Race - Oban start line.

Scottish Islands Peaks Race

A brutal start to the competitive sailing season on Scotland's West coast the SIPR appeals to a special breed of skipper and crew looking to push themselves to the limits of endurance. Starting in Oban this year on Friday 19th May the event sees crew and runners battle their way around the coast line of Argyll scaling the summits of Ben More on the Isle of Mull, all 3 peaks of the Paps of Jura and finally Goatfell on the Isle of Arran before a dash to the finish line in Troon. 

We are big fans of this event which has braced modern technology allowing you to track teams in real time as they battle the weather at sea and on the mountains over the weekend. Find out more on the event website or follow our live commentary on Facebook for a lighter take on events!

Marc Turner Scottish Series Clyde Cruising Club #legendarysailing
Silvers Marine Scottish Series - IRC Start line

 Silvers Marine Scottish Series 

Scotland's premier regatta Clyde Cruising Clubs Scottish Series has crews from all over the UK making the annual Pilgrimage to Tarbert and the testing waters of Loch Fyne. Building on a successful 2016 event a there have been a number of changes to the event format for this year all aimed at increasing numbers on the start line. 

The IRC classes will be taking part in the Scottish IRC Championships which for the first time are embedded in the event. The all new RC35 class, an iniative born out of a desire to improve racing in IRC class 2 makes it debut and should ensure for some close racing. White sail classes continue to grow in popularity and offer the cruising sailor a chance to enjoy the great atmosphere of the event.

Highlights from the 2016 Scottish Series

 Just two of the events making the best of Scotland's legendary sailing waters in 2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety

A Petition has been launched calling on the UK Government to review the guidance on how static fishing gear is marked around the UK coastline.

Lobster Buoy Rescue
RNLI Pot Buoy Rescue
Photo courtesy of Practical Boat Owner Magazine
Sponsored by the Cruising Association the petition calls on DEFRA to improve the way in which all static fishing gear is marked for the safety of all small craft. Currently the guidance in place is voluntary and viewed to be inadequate with the number of times the RNLI and Coastguard are called out to small craft with fouled sterngear highlighting the scale of the problem.

To sign the petition click here to be directed to the UK Government website.