Maid of the Forth
The Maid of the Forth is a modern steel passenger vessel built in Bristol in 1989. She was specifically designed to operate to Inchcolm Island with her lower and upper deck gangways allowing safe access to the Island at all states of the tide. She is fully licensed and safety certified every year to carry 225 passengers and five crew.
The passenger compartments on the vessel are over two levels. The lower deck is fully enclosed and heated and the open top deck is excellent for enjoying the fresh sea air on your cruise. Deck Plans of the vessel can be found here.
Safety equipment exceeds the stringent requirements of the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency). Our skippers are very experienced and fully qualified holding both a Boatmaster Certificate and the RYA Offshore Skipper.
The vessel is powered by twin Ford Mariner diesel engines giving a cruising speed of 10 knots. There is a separate generator to provide 230v power for heating, lighting and beer chillers. The wheelhouse is well equipped with five VHF radios; two radars; three independent GPS systems and an echo sounder. There is a full Public Address system throughout the vessel allowing the skipper to keep you informed of wildlife as it is spotted throughout the cruise.
RIB Inchcolm is an 11m Rigid Hulled Inflatable boat. We operate this vessel from Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, offering one hour sightseeing cruises and private charters. She is also suitable as a survey vessel, or TV filming platform and we have been used several times by both the BBC and ITV. She is equipped with a small cabin and outside seating for 12 passengers. Powered by twin 300HP Yamaha engines giving a cruising speed of 25 knots and a top speed of 40 knots. She carries all the required lifesaving equipment and is fully MCA coded to operate up to 20 miles offshore.
Seabird One and Seabird Two
Seabird One and Seabird Two are two identical 10m Ribs we operate from North Berwick Harbour offering trips round the Bass Rock, Craigleith and landing trips to the Isle of May. These trips are run in partnership with the Scottish Seabird Centre.Both of these boats are powered by twin 250hp Suzuki outboard engines and have a cruising speed of 25 knots and top speed of 40 knots. Both of these vessels are licensed for 12 passengers and 2 crew, carry all the required lifesaving equipment and are fully MCA coded to operate up to 20 miles offshore.
Brand New for 2013, our custom built high speed 12metre catamaran will be commencing sailings from North Berwick on Easter weekend. Fully Licensed by the MCA for 55 passengers, and capable of a cruising speed of 20knots thanks to her twin 450hp Iveco Engines. She has full compliment of modern safety equipment as required by the MCA and is the newest passenger vessel operating anywhere in the UK.
We will be offering 1 hour trips out to see the world famous Bass Rock from our base in North Berwick. As it only takes her approx 8 mins to reach the Bass Rock from North Berwick it allows loads of time at the Bass to take in the amazing sights. All trips are run in partnership with the Scottish Seabird Centre. She is also available for private charter, please get in touch if you have any enquiries.