Welcome onboard M/Y Chico

Chico, a gentleman's motor yacht, was built in 1932 at St. Monans, Fife. A Dunkirk Little Ship, and registered as a National Historic Ship, she is now available for charter on the West Coast of Scotland. There are three double cabins for up to six guests, with separate crew accommodation. Day trips for up to eight people can be booked by arrangement. Please visit our website for more details.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Easdale and Bonawe

When you think of industrial heritage Argyll isn't the first place to spring to mind, but the slate quarries at Easdale and surrounding islands and the iron smelter at Bonawe on Loch Etive led the way two hundred years ago.

This is one of the flooded slate quarries on Easdale, and everywhere you walk there is debris of dressing chips from the millions of slates exported all over world.

Easdale has found new fame as the host of the World Stone Skimming Championships, held every September, using the endless supply of perfect skimming stones.

On a trip up to the spectacular head of Loch Etive, it's well worth calling in at the Bonawe Iron Furnace, the well-preserved but not over restored charcoal smelting site, which worked from 1753 to 1876.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Bookings for 2019

As the 2018 season finishes our thoughts are turning to 2019.  As per the last couple of years we intend to spend the bulk of the summer sailing out of Oban but we have an enquiry for a one way trip from Oban to Greenock, so if anyone fancies a cruise from Greenock back to Oban at the end of June they can look forward to this

The rock formation known locally as 'the dug's lugs' at the Mull of Kintyre.

To allow for weather conditions this would be a six day cruise, stopping off at some of the following; Arran, Campbeltown, Islay, Gigha, Jura and the lochs on the mainland side of the Sound of Jura.

Bookings taken before the end of December will be at 2018 prices, in this case £1084 per head for 6 people.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Chico 1942

In her war history it's recorded that she suffered some damage to her stern in a collision. This photo shows her in Whitstable Harbour with a new sternpost fitted. Some of the repair is still visible with cracked frames doubled up.

Monday, 12 March 2018

First trip for 2018

A hint of spring in the air coincided with a 3 day music festival at the SEC in the centre of Glasgow so we made use of one of the free pontoons run by Glasgow City Council.

The trip up the river is full of interest, but it's hard now to imagine how busy it would have been in its ship building heyday.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Oban - Mallaig - Oban

We ran some cruises between these two west coast boating hubs, and while the weather hasn't been the the best so far this summer, it does provide some dramatic light to complement the scenery.

Always hard to chose the best moment of a sunset but this view from Port Mor on Muck was special.

Evening view from Isle Ornsay towards Loch Hourn

Loch Hourn again, the anchorage at Arnisdale.

Loch Alsh, from Balmacara.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

First trip for 2017

A birthday surprise for one member of the family, who was still in the dark as we walked along the pontoon.  After a few cracks about wetsuits and swimming trunks I think he was quite relieved to board Chico. The weather didn't look too promising early on but the sun came out as we turned up Loch Long on our way up to Loch Goil.

Cruising Scottish style, bobble hats and Champagne. Well, it is April, it could easily have been snowing.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Another piece in the Chico jigsaw

Tracing a boat's history relies on chance and a slice of good luck.  An entry in Lloyds Log or the Registry of Ownership can give some details of names and dates, but old photos and reminiscences fill in the background.

 Out of the blue last year I was emailed by a lady, Joan, who, as a little girl, had spent time on Chico in the 1950's, and was able to tell me something of the owners, Garry and Beth Tennison from Glasgow.  They had spent a lot of time on board in their six years of ownership, and travelled widely.

Joan had recently been in contact with a distant cousin in Tasmania, also related to Garry and Beth, who was able to dig among old family albums and find the following photos.

 Chico at Bowling Basin, near Dumbarton, circa 1954

Bowling Basin 1954 again, but now with the saloon painted white.

Lying at anchor at Crinan, July 1954

Beth and Garry sitting on the locker in front of the wheelhouse

Since then Chico has been in the Baltic, the Med, Bristol, back at Crinan, Aberdeen, the South coast of England, the Thames, France, and who knows where else before we brought her back to the West of Scotland.  

We've anchored at the same spot off Crinan, sat on the same locker, and enjoyed the same feeling as Garry and Beth 63 years ago.  Chico's an old boat now, but in 1954 she was still 22 years old with at least 4 previous owners and 6 years of war.  It just goes to show that with old boats you don't really own them, you just look after them for future owners. 

Thank you, Joan, for googling "Chico" and filling in another piece of that jigsaw.