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The Gairloch Chandlery, Pier Road, Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland

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We operate two boats from Gairloch: Orca 1, a sea-going RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) with the power to travel quickly to whale and dolphin feeding grounds offshore, and the Kerry, a classic Mitchell class offshore cruiser fitted for greater passenger comfort.


Orca 1

Orca 1 is a superb 11 metre offshore RHIB built by Humber, the UK's leading RHIB manufacturer, and fitted out by Quinquari Marine. Orca 1 has outstanding sea keeping qualities and is comparable to vessels used by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, H.M. Customs, and the Ministry of Defence.

Powered by twin Yamaha 225 hp engines, Orca 1 has excellent stability at sea, is able to plane effortlessly across the water, and is highly manoeuvrable. She has the power, speed and strength to take you quickly and safely into offshore waters where whale and dolphin sightings are most common.

The ride is always exhilarating and often thrilling. Orca 1 travels at up to 26 knots and carries 12 passengers. She is fitted with saddle-style passenger seating and has forward seats designed to accommodate an adult and smaller child. All passengers are supplied with full-body flotations suits and visors for safety and comfort.

Onboard navigational aids include Raymarine radar, Garmin GPS chart plotter, Lowrance depth sounder and Icom marine band VHF radio. Orca 1 carries a 14-person liferaft and full medical kit.


MV Kerry

The Kerry is a highly-capable 31' offshore cruiser. A Mitchell class vessel renowned for its sea keeping ability, strength and build quality, the Kerry is powered by a Perkins Sabre 225 hp diesel engine and cruises at up to 12 knots.

Navigational aids include GPS chart plotter, depth sounder, steering compass and marine band VHF radio. The Kerry's extensive safety equipment includes lifejackets for all passengers (including childrens' sizes), a 12-person liferaft and full onboard medical kit.

The Kerry can carry up to 11 passengers. For maximum comfort we have fitted the viewing deck with a canopy and retractable side-panels to protect against adverse weather. This is the only boat in Gairloch which will help you stay dry in the wind and rain! All seating is cushioned and the Kerry has an onboard W.C.

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Our vessels are safety certified by the MCA (the Maritime and Coastguard Agency) and fully comply with SCV Code standards.

Orca 1 has an MCA Cat 4 Certificate (up to 20 miles from a safe haven) and M.V. Kerry has an MCA Cat 5 Certificate (within 20 miles of a nominated port – Gairloch).



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