Yachting Monthly: A new yacht charter company has just been launched in north west Scotland. Torridon Yacht Charter offers a Hanse 385, as well as a luxury cottage next to the water, for anyone looking for a sailing retreat.
A new yacht charter operation, Torridon Yacht Charter, has being established, operating from Shieldaig, Loch Torridon. Located 75 miles from Inverness, it may not be the closest base to charter from, but it offers a mainland location, pontoon access, and is on the doorstep of some of the country’s most beautiful cruising grounds. Inverness is served by flights from most UK and European airports.
The first yacht in the Torridon Yacht Charter fleet is a Hanse 385. Coded for eight charter guest and built in 2013, she is fitted with an Eberspacher heating and teak decks. She will operate on a bareboat charter basis and customers will benefit from the Shieldaig community pontoon for embarkation and disembarkation.
‘We are really excited to launch Torridon Yacht Charter, which will be a sister company to Torridon Sea Tours. We look forward to welcoming our first guests. While the Torridon area is bewitching in itself, it is an ideal starting point to cruise the northwest coast of Scotland, including the Summer Isles, the Isle of Skye, the Shiant Isles and the Outer Hebrides.’
The company website is www.torridonyachtcharter.com.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Pearl 95, the largest boat ever made by the Midlands outfit, will hit the water in early 2017.
Like the 65 and the 75 the design of the new flagship has been done in conjunction with Dixon Yacht Design for the exterior and engineering and former Dragons Den star Kelly Hoppen MBE has designed the interior spaces.
On board there is the option to have four of five guest cabins plus crew accommodation meaning there is sleeping space for ten guests and five crew members in total.
The standout cabin, naturally, is the master suite, which enjoys the space and extensive glazing of the forward section on the main deck.
In the saloon there are a pair of floor-to-ceiling opening side doors that lead directly out to the side decks and will allow the breeze to flow through the yacht on warmer days.
On deck, as well as the enormous flybridge with a hardtop, optional hot-tub and glazing in the deck to provide more light to the cockpit, there is a fantastic living area on the foredeck complete with two sunpads and a sofa beneath a collapsible sunshade and a “beach club” in the transom with a bar and folding buttresses each side to use as a place to swim or board the tender from.
There is a good range of engine choices, with an impressive claimed top speed of 30 knots, and as ever with Pearl the owner has free license to customise the boat to their exact tastes.