Your Skye cruise crew... Scott & Mary

We first met in New Zealand in 1998 through our mutual enthusiasm and passion for sailing – and soon realised that we had each found an ally and a partner ready for adventure and a new lifestyle. We decided we wanted our sailing to take us further together and began yachting professionally in 2002 – although at the time we didn't realise it was to be a new ‘career’!

Since then we have sailed professionally across the Atlantic, in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, around New Zealand, Northern Europe - and, of course, Scotland and elsewhere in the UK. It has been a varied and hugely interesting career which has included working on luxury charter boats and private super-yachts, cross-ocean vessel deliveries, managing yard refits - and in particular a very happy two years working for the Majestic Line on the Scottish West coast. All of this helped us develop the skills and experience to realise our ambition - buying and running our own charter cruising vessel here among the islands of West Scotland.

Both of us are commercially qualified to act as skipper of Red Moon, and we both hold maritime safety certificates covering medical and first aid training, fire-fighting and sea survival. We both have strong, safe seamanship abilities and well-honed hospitality skills -  but also a great range of complementary strengths and talents.We both hold food safety certificates and Mary is qualified as a Food Safety Trainer.

During your cruise you can feel safe in the knowledge that Scott's many years as Captain will be put to good use as he safely and expertly navigates Red Moon around this lovely area. Whilst he is on the helm Mary's experience as Mate sees her busy on deck hoisting sails, preparing lines and fenders and keeping an eye on the safety of the vessel and the comfort of our guests. 

Rather more 'behind the scenes', Scott quietly demonstrates his skills and experience as an excellent marine engineer to ensure all the systems on Red Moon run as smoothly as possible - all aimed at enhancing your experience on board. To complement this Mary will be getting creative in the galley and using her years as a yacht and land chef in many parts of the world to create food that you will enjoy and remember deliciously!

In short, we are not only a welcoming couple; we make a great team with extremely high standards, able to share professional roles and, perhaps more importantly, really enjoy having guests on board and sharing both Red Moon and this terrific part of the world.

You can read more about us on our mast nz website

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Private Chef team

During the winter months Red Moon is berthed in Dunstaffnage Marina, near Oban from which guests have the chance to experience some crisp winter cruising. When not out cruising we keep busy with maintaining Red Moon's excellent condition but also offer our services as a freelance private chef team. Mary keeps her cheffing abilities well honed while Scott makes good use of his practical and organisational skills to help the host with the smooth - running of their event. We have enhanced a number of winter shoot or houseparty weekends and are about to break into the small wedding party scene! If you would like to book us please do contact us through this website.

Take a look at some of our recent onboard foodie guest reviews: Food