The Hoy Lass was built originally for Occidental as a passenger vessel used in the oil industry. As a personnel carrier for the Flotta oil terminal, she operated for 17 years in one of the most challenging areas around our coasts. After a couple of years as a back up for one of the Pentland Firth ferry companies, we acquired this 15 metre Cheverton to be the mainstay of our operations in 1995.
Suffering a few years with her "vintage" Rolls Royce Engines, we had her repowered with twin 320HP Daewoo Diesels giving us the reliability and economy that we had hoped for. These give her a cruising speed of 10 knots and more than adequate power for the sometimes tricky maneuvering required to land in swells.
Hull is GRP with an aluminium superstructure creating an eminently stable all-weather craft.
She is equipped with all essential electronics including dual screen GPS plotter (similar to aircraft) for the delectation (or terror!?) of passengers so they can observe some of the navigational detail while we are on the move. DSC VHF radio, radar, PA, liferaft, lifejackets and pyrotechnics (flares) are amongst the various gadgets coming under the heading of Life Saving Appliances which are required by the Maritime Coastguard Agency.
Official approval comes from 3 surveys per year and regular stability checks to ensure that these vessels are kept up to the high standards required for Class VI Passenger Ships.
She is licensed for 63 passengers +2 crew. There is covered seated space for 47 with another 16 out on the bracing top deck. Toilet on board. A filter machine provides good quality coffee and we usually carry juices and emergency food packs for those who've forgotten their packed lunch.
Island Lass was built by Crinan Boats Argyll in 1967. She has plied the West Coast of Scotland all her life; the last 25 years with Turus Mara.
Heavily constructed along fishing boat lines, of mahogany on oak, she is carvel and measures 46' LOA by 14'6" beam.
Her displacement (weight) is approximately 15 tons and she has twin Sole Diesels (Nissan) of 110 HP each, giving a cruising speed of 9 knots.
Determining where to point the hydraulic steering system can be assisted by a Furuno radar and C-Map Chart Plotter System. Safety announcement and general all round blarney is passed on through a PA System. The daily gossip with other boats and posher voiced comms with Stornoway Coastguard are performed on the Simrad DSC VHF or a couple of small portable radios.
Licensed by the Marine Coastguard Agency as a Class VI passenger vessel for 63 passengers, she has covered space for approximately 30. She is equipped with all Life Saving and safety appliances as required by MCA regulations and is subject to stability heel test every 5 years.
Coffee and juice are available on board, and with this in mind an electric toilet is provided in the forward compartment.
Cruinnealas is an 11m "Stormforce" Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) designed for fast passage-making and licensed (coded) for 12 passengers + 2 crew. She was built by Redbay Boats, Northern Ireland in 2006 and acquired by us at Turus Mara in 2014. She is powered by twin 245HP Yamaha diesels operating through outdrives. Capable of over 30 knots, we normally cruise around 21 knots depending on conditions. A comprehensive electronics package provides navigation, (2 plotters with radar overlay and Echo sounder facility) and 2 X DSC VHF radios and 1 portable for all necessary comms. Lifejackets and liferaft coverage for 16, pyrotechnics and a long list of LSA gadgetry gives us a vessel which satisfies the strict coding regulations.
Primarily to bring a greater choice of destinations within easier/ quicker reach, Cruinnealas provides options for trips to many of the islands on our doorstep within acceptable times, for Photography Specials, ferry services, enjoying our seascapes and wildlife and just having fun!