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Eda Frandsen

Eda Frandsen specialises in sailing in north west of Scotland and Cornwall. Combine the good company and relaxed sailing instruction with some of the finest sailing grounds in Britain and you can see why Eda Frandsen was voted one of the 100 Greatest Holidays on the Planet’ in the Sunday Times and why this 1915 gaff cutter featured in the Independent’s guide to the ‘Best European Sailing Holidays.'

She has new owners for 2021 who intend to carry on the incredible reputation for customer care and the spirited adventure vibe that Eda Frandsen is famous for. 

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  • Length overall:73 ft 
  • Length on deck:56 ft

 

  • Year built:1938/1995
  • Vessel type/rig: Gaff Cutter

 

  • Guest berths: 8
  • Crew berths:  2

 

What Eda Frandsen Does Best

New Owners for 2021

For those of you that have sailed Eda Frandsen with James and Chloe we fully understand why you might feel that the 'magic of Eda', the enthusiasm of the crew, the culinary skills and attention to detail might change with new owners. Past owners James and Chloe were very selective as to who they thought would be the best team to take over their business and we think they have chosen worthy sucessors.

In addition to James and Chloe vouching for them, Classic Sailing staff have all met the new skipper and chef of Eda Frandsen, who are also the new owners of  Eda Frandsen Sailing business. They are experienced professional sailors with many other talents.have complete faith that they will be incredible and stamp their own style on Eda Fransden voyages. It might sound mysterious not to name them yet on the website and social media, but the new owners are working hard on a private sailing vessel and they don't want to jeopardise their full time employment just yet. The Eda Fransden season under the new owners starts in May 2021.

If you want to know more about them before booking, please email Classic Sailing LINK, and we can send you a PDF introduction and they can introduce themselves and their very varied careers and interests.

If you apply for a voyage via a booking form, we will also send you details of the new owners before you have to commit to a deposit. They are a skipper and chef combination with lots of other talents.

Scotland provides a Different Anchorage Every Night

Eda Frandsen has spent decades exploring Scotland. Her new owners know Scotland well but it is such a vast place there are always new places to anchor.  With over 450 miles of coast around Skye alone, plus the Inner and Outer Hebrides within easy reach of a week voyage from Mallaig, you are really spoilt for choice.

Originally built as a Danish fishing boat Eda Frandsen has a tough oak hull with high bows which shrug off big seas. Equally at home sailing in the Western Approaches around Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, or making passage up and down the Irish Sea, there will always be a very special spot to anchor over night to relax and enjoy the wonderful food prepared for you.  

 

Sailing Style on Eda

On Eda Frandsen the crew look after you well working hard to create stimulating itineraries around their favourite sailing ground that vary from week to week.  Memorable adventures under sail and opportunities to explore ashore are all based on their pioneering spirit to see what is around the next cove and over that wave ahead! 

Fundamental to your sailing holiday is the sailing action: Whether you are a newcomer, or already hooked on sailing, you will receive plenty of calmly given instruction on sailing how to sail this big gaff cutter. With no winches aboard, everyone is encouraged to join in as this is a truly hands on sailing experience. Don't worry if you are not built like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. It is all teamwork to use block and tackles to hoist up to 2210 sq ft of  glorious sail. Eda Frandsen is an incredibly seaworthy and stable stronger winds, yet with all 5 sails set in lighter airs is still quick and graceful through the water.

In the Hebrides you are usually day sailing and on any longer passages you may be sailing through the night. At night the guest crew will be part of a watch keeping system with the skipper or mate as your watch leader. Usually this is only for four hours and when you are off watch Eda Frandsen and the other watch team will keep you sailing whilst you are tucked up in your bunk.

 

2210 square foot of sail and a big bow wave on Eda frandsen

Life on Board

Eda has lovely wide decks, plenty of seating areas and a quirky saddle to sit astride when steering. The gleaming varnished woodwork and beautiful original features are hard to miss. 

Dinners are very sociable around Eda’s beautiful saloon where everyone can enjoy great food and discuss the events of the day in good company. In fine weather, lunch will be on deck, either sailing or in a beautiful anchorage.  

Eda Frandsen's ships wheel and saddle in Loch Huron

 

Accommodation on Eda Frandsen

The Saloon

The companionway steps are quite steep and have a descent of about 7 feet. Down in the depths of Eda is a cosy saloon and is the heart of the ship where there is full standing headroom. 

The cabins are tucked away from the main social area with a door, so you can use the upholstered seating around the table to relax any time of day.  The galley area is visible so you can chat to the cook from the saloon table and glean some cooking tips! 

As you look forward beyond the mast there is a bulkhead with the galley to starboard and a companionway to port which leads to two toilets - one with a shower and one with just a basin.   Beyond another door you can access the deck an alternative way via the fore hatch steps. Beyond are two more twin cabins and a small workshop.

Eda Fransden Saloon

 

Cabins

Eda Frandsen has 8 guest berths in 4 twin cabins. Two cabins are tucked either side of the main companionway, and two cabins are located forward. Any cabin can suit couples or individuals (bunks). There are two WC - one with a hand basin and a second WC with a shower. The water is heated by the engine or an immersion heater, so there should be hot water for a shower when you need it.

There is a separate crew quarters below the chart room accessed by a different companionway. The engine room is completely separate from the guest living area and well soundproofed.

Layout Plan showing cabins on Eda Frandsen

 

Plenty of Deck Space

On deck Eda Frandsen has a big ships wheel and an unusual saddle to sit astride when steering. Around the helm there is plenty of seating  and meals are often served up on deck when the weather permits. Many a lunch time buffet or afternoon tea has been consumed with 360 degrees of sea, mountain or cove as a jaw dropping backdrop.

Eda is15ft wide with wooden decks and high bulwarks, so you feel like you are on a proper ship when sailing in rougher weather, and at anchor you can usually drop down out of the wind behind the ships sides for a sunbathe or to tuck into a fresh crab salad.

Home made birthday cake!
 
Gaff Cutter Eda Frandsen -Ship Specification

Eda Frandsen - Ship Specification

Eda Frandsen History

Eda Frandsen was built in Grenna, Denmark in 1938 and started life fishing for lobsters and seine netting out of Lemvig.  Between 1990 and 1995 she was restored, however, these 5 years hide a story of amazing determination. Her past owners watched in horror one night as their painstaking restoration went up in flames.  A huge effort from volunteers and shipwrights saw the ship substantially rebuilt although many areas retain the original undamaged wood. In 1995 she rose like a phoenix to the admiration of the wooden boating world as an incredibly strong ‘new’ wooden charter boat and soon gained a loyal following of supporters who came to sail her.

She has sailed extensively in Spain,  Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark and in 2002 she crossed the Atlantic to the Caribbean  winning the Concourse D’Elegance prize in Antigua Classics.

Ship Specification

Year Built 1938  
Year Restored as Sailing Vessel 1995  
Length overall 73ft 22m
Length on deck 56ft 17m
Beam 15ft 4.6m
Draft 8ft 2.4m
Sail Area 2210 sq ft 205 sq m
Guest Crew Overnight 8  
Professional crew 3  
     

Facilities on Eda Frandsen

Eda has a large tender (ships boat) with outboard for getting ashore in remote places.  The ship is usually anchored most nights in stunning surroundings, as there are few places in NW Scotland where you can moor alongside.  Your landing stage is usually a beach or rocky shoreline.  There is a boom and capstan to hoist the ships boat aboard.  Eda a hydraulic anchor windlass so the guest crew don't have to haul up her long anchor chain.  The powerful engine is brand new - installed in 2016 and there is also a generator tucked away in the engine room, so there are 240V electricity to charge phones and cameras (UK 3 pin plugs) when the generator is on.

Safety Equipment and Emergency Proceedures

Eda Frandsen is a UK Maritime Coastguard Agency Coded Vessel with an operational area upto 60 miles from a safe haven.  She is equipped to this standard and beyond, and her Standard Operating Procedures and manning levels all conform to MCA requirements for commercial charter.

Communications and Navigation

Eda Frandsen has VHF DSC radio, Radar, Chart Plotter, AIS and an EPIRB

Hull design: Original lines of Eda Frandsen

Eda Frandsen - Meet the Skippers & Crew

New Owners

For those of you that have sailed Eda Frandsen with James and Chloe we fully understand why you might feel that the 'magic of Eda', the enthusiasm of the crew, the culinary skills and attention to detail might change with new owners. Past owners James and Chloe were very selective as to who they thought would be the best team to take over their business and we think they have chosen worthy successor.

In addition to James and Chloe vouching for them, Classic Sailing staff have all met the new skipper and chef of Eda Frandsen, who are also the new owners of  Eda Frandsen Sailing business. They are experienced professional sailors with many other talents.have complete faith that they will be incredible and stamp their own style on Eda Frandsen voyages. It might sound mysterious not to name them yet on the website and social media, but the new owners are working hard on a private sailing vessel and they don't want to jeopardise their full-time employment just yet. The Eda Fransden season under the new owners starts in May 2021.

If you want to know more about them before booking, please email Classic Sailing LINK, and we can send you a PDF introduction and they can introduce themselves and their very varied careers and interests.

If you apply for a voyage via a booking form, we will also send you details of the new owners before you have to commit to a deposit. They are a skipper and chef combination with lots of other talents.

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