A new vessel which will cater for the sightseeing and rod fishing sections of the tourism industry was delivered to Arbroath on Wednesday.
It was bought only last Monday by John Swankie, 14 Shore, the skipper of the last white fish trawler to operate from the town, the ‘Crystal Tide’, which was sold in February of last year.
Since then, he has worked his 9.3 metre wooden hulled boat, ‘Heather Isle’, on trips to the Bell Rock, along the coast to view the birdlife and between the harbour and the Bell Rock for rod fishermen.
He told the Arbroath Herald: “I have been looking for another boat for some time and when I saw ‘Spot on’, from Brixham, in Devon, it fitted the bill admirably.
“Built of fibreglass, she is 12 metres in length and weighs eight tonnes. She is insured for 12 passengers and two crew and will offer my customers much more comfort, as she has seats both inside a shelter and outside.”
He will be assisted in the enterprise by his cousin, David Kidd.
Although the boat’s name is ‘Spot on’ at the moment, that will shortly change to ‘Ardent’.
John explained: “When I was a toddler, my gran, Eliza Swankie (Bruce), had a yacht made for me by a man in Fife. It was called ‘Ardent’ and I treasured the gift. Indeed, I treasure it still, as I still have it so I plan to remember the gift by changing the boat’s name.”
His new boat came up from Brixham by road on a low loader and was lifted into the inner harbour by crane.