Hoy Lass and Island Lass
The Hoy Lass was built originally as a passenger vessel used in the oil industry. As a personnel carrier for the Flotta oil terminal, she operated for a number of years in one of the most challenging areas around our coasts. Following a number of years as a Pentland Firth ferry Turus Mara acquired Hoy Lass to join our fleet.
She was repowered with twin 320HP Daewoo Diesels a number of years ago, giving her a cruising speed of 10 knots and more than adequate power for the sometimes tricky manoeuvring required to land in swells.
Her hull is GRP with an aluminium superstructure creating an eminently stable and comfortable all-weather craft suited to our regular service to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles .
She is equipped with all essential electronics and safety equipment including dual screen GPS plotter, DSC VHF radio, radar, PA, liferaft, lifejackets and pyrotechnics.
She is licensed for 63 passengers and 2 crew. There is covered seated space for 47 with another 16 out on the bracing top deck. There is a 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 and has plied the West Coast of Scotland all her working life. Constructed of mahogany on oak along fishing boat lines, she is carvel and measures 46′ LOA by 14’6″ beam. Her displacement is approximately 15 tons and she has twin Sole Diesels giving a cruising speed of 9 knots. Electronics include C-Map chart plotter, Radar, Simrad DSC VHF Radio and PA system.
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 an electric toilet is provided in the forward compartment.