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Old 06-07-2017, 04:38 PM
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Default What's the Best Loch Boat in the World?

I've been asked to find two or more very high quality new boats for use fishing a small loch about the size of a football pitch. Money is no object nor is the country of origin/location an issue.
I've also been asked to source suitable electric outboards for these craft, again, the best available.

I think aesthetics will matter so, whilst fibreglass isn't necessarily out of the picture, clinker-built will probably be the way we go. I'm thinking 15ft, medium beam with a bit of a keel to reduce drift speed.

Given that they are for a small, sheltered stillwater with very steep sides and no skerries, accommodating two rods, can anyone recommend some boatmakers and outboards of the highest calibre?

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Old 07-07-2017, 12:46 PM
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try the Boatbuilder at Ullapool, he makes some nice clinker built boats probably the nearest to you just now I don't know If Coghills is still going on Skye,easker1
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Old 07-07-2017, 12:55 PM
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Old 07-07-2017, 02:56 PM
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Thanks, gentlemen. The Viking Boats (of Ullapool) 'Freshwater Project' looks very handsome. I've also found A & R Way (Lochgilphead) who make the 'Loch Ard'. There's some nice choice of woods on the last pic on the 'Tarbert Tender' page which might also look good on the 'Loch Ard'. Food for thought.

I've had a look at Coulam's boats already and, while I'm sure they're good, I don't think fibreglass has the 'luxury look' the buyer wants. I do like the look of their '14 Salmon', though and will pass them on as possible replacement river boats when the time is right.

I've looked at several Irish boat builders' sites but haven't seen anything quite as nice as the Way and Viking boats and the Corrib/Sheeling boats are too large for our little pond. It has struck me, though, that boat design is very specific to the job in hand so I shouldn't be surprised to find two Scottish builders heading the list.

On the outboard front the Torqeedo Travel 1003 is looking like a contender as it has a solar charging facility.
I appreciate that using solar power to charge the battery is a bit optimistic in the Highlands but the boats won't be used often so trickle-charging and a spare set of Li-Ion batteries might be sufficient for our needs. There's also a small wind turbine by the loch hut which charges 12v batteries (for lighting) and maybe that could also charge the outboards.

Still wide open to more suggestions, though!
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I'm assuming you mean for fly fishing so I would say a 19 ft Sheelin, Anglers Fancy or Bourke. Apart from the obvious like ability to handle adverse weather the key to a loch boat is how fast it drifts. Have been fishing in the above for the last 25 yrs + and they are all pretty good. Some of the custom made boats that proclaim they will float in 6" of water don't interest me, they turn and yaw to and fro and make it difficult to get a steady drift. Most will follow a line of about 15 degrees of angle towards the stern depending on occupancy and engine weight. Some of the wooden boats are great as the weight slows the boat down, you have to consider the maintenance when choosing this option over fiberglass . Just my experience hope this helps.
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I gillied for 9 years on a large highland loch, with some of the best loch boats I have ever used, all 16 ft with a nice entry and a decent beam, but the man who built them died about 20 years back, he was a yacht builder for McLuers of Clinder and he was very particular, but the boats were superb,the Ullapool boats are almost as good, easker1
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:14 PM
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Thanks for your thoughts, Ephemera. Aye, I'm thinking primarily of a fly fishing boat so agree completely with you about the drift-bias issue. The loch is pretty small really, and yet there's talk of two or more boats being bought, so I'm looking for smaller craft than many of the Irish boats which run at 19ft.

I agree, too, that maintenance will be greater with wood but I haven't seen any fibreglass boats which look as bonny as wooden ones - and that's what the buyer wants, I believe.

I've suggested the Torqeedo Traveller 1003 outboard which weighs in at 12 Kg so hopefully that'll aid in a straight drift - and keep their mobiles charged via its USB port!
It also has a built in GPS system - which will help if they get lost on 'the football pitch'.

Edit: easker1, I've sent Viking Boats details and A& R Way's on to my factor. Thanks for the suggestion, hopefully it'll mean a good job for someone!

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Corrib/Sheeling boats are too large for our little pond.
Just to further cloud the waters for you, both Burkes and Sheelin in fact do boats down to 15'. So do Mc A Boats
All sound boats. Larry Mcalinden told me his boats were heavier than the Burkes and Sheelin equivalents, something to do with Lloyds registration and being made in the UK. May have been sales patter 'though. I've owned Sheelins since the 90's, good safe boats.

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Thanks, splinters. Unfortunately the Mac A website doesn't seem to have pics of their 15 ft 'Fisher Hawk' which I thought best size-wise.
Burke's smallest seems to be 17 ft. I don't doubt their quality but they don't have the luxury look the client wants. Similarly with the Sheelin 15 footer, I'm afraid.

Somewhat contrary to my own nature this brief is more about the form of the thing than the content ..... but if I can find both in equal measure I'll be happy!
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You better not get this wrong or Ivan will send you to the salt mines.
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