The Boat

Reassuringly sound, sturdy, and seaworthy, Red Moon will carry you safely wherever you wish to explore around these fabled Scottish isles in comfort and style. We want you to enjoy her as much as we do.

Today….

She is, we believe, the perfect compromise for cruising in the Scottish Western Isles. Red Moon is small enough in length and draught to slip into otherwise inaccessible anchorages and remote coves. But she also offers spacious and invitingly comfortable accommodation for up to four guests, in one double and two spacious single cabins, entirely separate from the crew's quarters. The cabins (one double and two roomy singles) are craftsman-finished with bespoke light oak fittings in a welcoming contemporary style. The well-appointed galley and saloon is a bright and airy hub for relaxation, chatting and dining, with wide viewing windows (useful on those rare occasions when it rains here!), while the large wheelhouse offers further room to gather in. There is also ample deck space and outside seating to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or simply drink in the ever-changing scenery.

Red Moon is powered by a fine Gardner engine, renowned for its reliability and economy. However, unusually among cruise charter vessels she is also rigged for sailing.

Whether you are seasoned seafarers or wish to enjoy the novelty of appreciating the magnificent landscapes from a different perspective, she offers an experience to treasure - and you will become part of a new chapter in this boat's fascinating history.

Yesterday...

According to research by a marine historian, she began her story more than 70 years ago in 1945, as an Admiralty Fishing Vessel built of larch on oak - and armed with a .303 machine gun! She was constructed in Poole but, by happy coincidence, spent her working years fishing off Scotland; initially from the Clyde, then Rosyth, Fraserburgh, Lerwick and Wick, her name changing as often as she changed owners, until she was sold to a timber merchant in Liverpool in 1978.

Shortly after, she was converted to a leisure motor sailing vessel and was rebuilt broadly as she appears now, subsequently spending time in the South of France and on the English South Coast.  Prior to our ownership and current upgrade work, she underwent a major modernising refit at Tommi Nielsens renowned yard in Gloucester Docks. We are now very pleased to be returning her to her original home waters in Scotland as Red Moon.