Swannanoa is a Shetland Family Four motor cruiser, built in 1989. We bought her in 2007 just after we first moved to Scotland so that we could have some fun on the water and explore the coastline of our new country of residence. With no place in the country more than 45 miles from the sea, and with more than 6000 miles of coastline, some of it very rugged, we have quite a bit to get around. The subheading of the site is ‘Voyages at the Edge’ as Scotland is not only at the edge of Europe, but with some of the oldest rocks in the world at more than 3 billion years of age, parts of it are also at the edge of time.
She is both a means to an end, and an end in herself. In the first instance, she enables us to be reasonably independent and self-sufficient for several days and provides us with a perspective on Scotland that we probably wouldn’t experience with other forms of transport. With a small cabin which can sleep two to three people, a small galley for cooking, a table, and a sink for washing, it is very much a way of ‘camping on the water’. In the second instance, maintaining and refurbishing her the way we want is a hobby in itself.
At 5.4 m in length, she is easily trailerable, and most summers we take her to different places on the west coast of Scotland and use her to explore, usually living on her for two weeks, then enjoying our creature comforts in a cottage in the third week.
During the winter, she stays on her trailer in the drive way of our house, where we try and finish the never-ending list of jobs that need doing each year.
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In the Trip Reports menu, you will find descriptions of our various adventures in her. We hope that you enjoy reading them!
We have since taken up sailing to extend our range, and in 2018 bought a sailing boat, Ruby Tuesday, a 12 m Jeanneau Sun Odyssey, and are currently in the process of sailing her around the UK over the summers. We have started a new website at rubytuesday39.wordpress.com where you can read of our continuing boaty adventures.
As of September 2019, we still have Swannanoa , but as we don’t use her very much these days, we are thinking of selling her soon.