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Hebridean sailing adventure for wildlife, island hopping and Mountain scenery

Eda is a perfect sized vessel for charter in Scotland- small enough to nip into small unexplored anchorages, yet at 56ft long on deck big enough to stroll the deck in rough weather and feel you are on a proper sailing ship. There are three crew - Skipper, Mate and Cook and only eight guests so you are well looked after. With no winches aboard, we encourage everyone to join in, using block and tackle to hoist up to 2210sq ft of sail, as this is a truly hands on sailing experience!

Embark
Sat, 13-06-2020 - 15:00
Mallaig
Disembark
Fri, 19-06-2020 - 09:30
Mallaig
Duration
6 Nights
Vessel
Eda Frandsen
Voyage No.
EDA-1020

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Fully booked. PRICE: 985 GBP. BOOK NOW

Eda Frandsen - Six Day Outer Hebrides Trip from Mallaig 2021

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Are you looking to sail amongst stunning scenery and discover the Small Isles, Skye and the Outer Hebrides on a beautiful traditional gaff cutter? No experience is required for these voyages as the expert crew will be there to guide you every step of the way. Smaller and maneuverable, Eda can navigate into the smallest lochs and islets that larger boats can’t reach yet she is incredibly seaworthy and sizeable enough to ensure an enjoyable smooth voyage around longer stretches of waters.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Expedition style voyage with hands on sailing
  • Dramatic Coastlines and Remote Islands
  • Endless Sandy Beaches and Secluded Lochs
  • Wildlife Galore!
  • Exceptional Fresh Food
  • Expert Crew and Skipper with Local Knowledge
Relaxing at anchor before supper on Eda Frandsen
Relaxing at anchor before supper on Eda Frandsen

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Starting that little bit further north from the fishing village of Mallaig, the choices of places to visit are endless. The Small Isles of Rum, Canna, Muck and Eigg can be seen across the water, Skye is a few miles to the west, the remote Knoydart peninsula is on our doorstep and the beautiful Outer Hebrides are only a few hours sail away. 

Eda Frandsen has been exploring the delights of the west coast of Scotland for decades and she is much loved by the local communities she respectfully visits. Her new owners know Scotland well, are very much recommended by past owners James and Chloe, and are looking forward to meeting you as soon as you step aboard. Before we set sail, you’ll receive a full safety brief and introduction to the vessel. 


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Eda Frandsen sailing with the incredible backdrop and soft light of the Hebrides

The Small Isles – a Haven of Peace and Relaxation

Rum is the largest of this group and is a national nature reserve, famous for birdlife. From our anchorage we often see deer, seabirds and Golden Eagles as well as the famous Kinloch Castle. Canna has many sites of archaeological interest as well as being a bird sanctuary since 1938. Between the isles we regularly see dolphins, sun fish and basking sharks.

Over the sea to Skye

Eda can head around the west coast to experience spectacular rugged landscapes, view the striking Cullin Ridge, anchor in beautiful Loch Scavaig or perhaps make a stop at the famous Talisker Distillery. Head east up the Sound of Sleat past Doune, a small dwelling where Eda was restored. This beautiful island is full of inlets, bays, tiny villages and mountains that literally meet the sea. A place where time means nothing and beneath every footstep lies 500 million years of history.

puffin time of year - midsummer in scotland
Photo by Melissa Williams

Explore the Outer Hebrides

Thirty miles off the North West coast of Scotland lie the Outer Hebrides, an idyllic chain of over 40 islands that offers spectacular coastline, stunning mountain scenery, abundant wildlife and a rich and vibrant culture. Each holds its own individual charm and rich history. The Atlantic facing coast is home to some of the finest white sandy beaches while the east coast is deeply indented with a maze of impressive lochs and anchorages.

Visit the mountainous landscape of Harris or North Uist famous for its stunning beaches and rich birdlife. One of our favourite locations in Loch Eport provides a striking backdrop for the evening sunset. South Uist offers impressive lochs, dispersed crofts and endless beaches.

Lewis has a captivating history and rich in culture and traditions, with many small lochs and moorlands. The Shiant Islands are rich in birdlife, with thousands arriving in summer to breed. Barra and Vatesay lie on the southern tip and are famous for beautiful beaches. A special place to visit by boat, it has become a favourite of many sailors. The impressive anchorage between Helisay and Gighay is a great location to arrive on Eda. The secluded entrance opens up to reveal fantastic mountain vistas.

Scotland - Canna

Wild Playground - Eagles, Whales and Otters

The warm waters of the Gulf Stream mean that we regularly see dolphins, seals, whales and basking sharks in the waters around the Western Isles. The area is rich in seabirds including gannets, shearwaters, puffins, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills, sea eagles, gulls and terns. On land keep an eye for soaring Gold and white tailed eagles around the cliffs, deer and otters.

Become involved in all aspects of running the boat, hoist the sails, steer, or perhaps you have always wanted to learn navigation? After a great day sailing, why not explore ashore or relax with a good book or glass of wine as the sun sets, the choice is up to you. Freshly cooked meals using local produce are provided. Perhaps we will catch the freshest crab or lobster from our own pots, just minutes from pot to plate.

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

While the weather is not always sweating sunshine, the Hebrides are some of the more stunning cruising ground in the UK. The beauty of these sailing grounds is there are always protected waters to sail in no matter the wind strength. Pack for every eventuality and a good pair of boots and woolley hat are a must!

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

Eda Frandsen sailing downwind

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Waterproofs
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Personal Travel Insurance

 

 

Mallaig, Scotland

Latest port updates

For voyages joining Eda Frandsen head to the small marina about 200m along from the railway station. Eda Frandsen will more than likely be berthed on the end of the first hammer head pontoon. You can't miss her distinctive green hull and wooden mast! There is a code on the gate which you will need to ring the skipper for once you are there.

Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Head up the A82 from Glasgow and keep going all the way past Loch Lomond and its steam ships and all the way to just beyond Fort William. Past Fort William turn left on the A830 to Mallaig.

There is free parking just before you enter Mallaig on the left hand side. In frequent use by sailors, people leave their cars there for a week at a time.  

Rail & transfers

The train journey from Glasgow to Mallaig is one of the most scenic journeys known and also made famous in recent years by the Harry Potter films. Fantastic views across Glencoe, observe Ben Nevis, see across to Skye and the small isles as well as marvel at the highlands mountains and valleys from your window. All of this before you even arrive!

ScotRail has direct trains for Mallaig that leave from Glasgow Central Station or via Inverness leaving Buchanan Street Station, Glasgow or from Waverley Station in Edinburgh.

Air & transfers

The nearest airports are Glasgow and Inverness, from there you could catch the train or bus to Mallaig. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Seaview Guesthouse

Main Street, Mallaig, Inverness Shire, PH41 4QS

Tel: +44 (0) 1687 462 059

Email: info@seaviewguesthousemallaig.com

Moorings B&B Guesthouse ‎

East Bay

Mallaig, Inverness-Shire PH41 4QS

01687 462225 Contact Martin

Email: mooringsguesthouse@tiscali.co.uk

West Highland Hotel 

Davies Brae,

Mallaig PH41 4QZ

01687 462210 

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Mallaig, Scotland

Latest port updates

For voyages joining Eda Frandsen head to the small marina about 200m along from the railway station. Eda Frandsen will more than likely be berthed on the end of the first hammer head pontoon. You can't miss her distinctive green hull and wooden mast! There is a code on the gate which you will need to ring the skipper for once you are there.

Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Head up the A82 from Glasgow and keep going all the way past Loch Lomond and its steam ships and all the way to just beyond Fort William. Past Fort William turn left on the A830 to Mallaig.

There is free parking just before you enter Mallaig on the left hand side. In frequent use by sailors, people leave their cars there for a week at a time.  

Rail & transfers

The train journey from Glasgow to Mallaig is one of the most scenic journeys known and also made famous in recent years by the Harry Potter films. Fantastic views across Glencoe, observe Ben Nevis, see across to Skye and the small isles as well as marvel at the highlands mountains and valleys from your window. All of this before you even arrive!

ScotRail has direct trains for Mallaig that leave from Glasgow Central Station or via Inverness leaving Buchanan Street Station, Glasgow or from Waverley Station in Edinburgh.

Air & transfers

The nearest airports are Glasgow and Inverness, from there you could catch the train or bus to Mallaig. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Seaview Guesthouse

Main Street, Mallaig, Inverness Shire, PH41 4QS

Tel: +44 (0) 1687 462 059

Email: info@seaviewguesthousemallaig.com

Moorings B&B Guesthouse ‎

East Bay

Mallaig, Inverness-Shire PH41 4QS

01687 462225 Contact Martin

Email: mooringsguesthouse@tiscali.co.uk

West Highland Hotel 

Davies Brae,

Mallaig PH41 4QZ

01687 462210 

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

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. 

Statistics

 

  • 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.

Current sailing grounds

Kit List for Eda Frandsen

Footwear choice is important on Eda Frandsen in Scotland

Kit List for Eda Frandsen 

Included

  • Sailing instruction 

  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • All meals to including refreshments throughout the day.

  • Bed linen, duvet and pillow


What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port.
     
  • Towels
     
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
     
  • Meals ashore (if taken by agreement by all guests)
     
  • Alcoholic Beverages

 
What to bring


There is limited storage space on Eda Frandsen so please pack all you belongings in a soft rucksack or bag.

  • Footwear: Shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. (Sandals are great for beaches but you do need toe protection for sailing). Eda Frandsen has solid wood decks so waterproof walking boots are fine at sea in moderate winds and dry conditions and great for voyages where you might do some rough terrain walking like Scillies or Scotland voyages.
     
  • Rubber Boots or second pair of shoes for wet weather or getting in/out of dinghies. 
     
  • Swim suit & beach towel
     
  • Suntan lotion & sunglasses
     
  • Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves
     
  • Clothes that dry quickly like fleeces and thermals. Mix of warm, waterproof & windproof layers. Wool jumpers are warm, even when wet, but can take a while to dry. Merino wool type shirts are good for under layers.
     
  • Small rucksack for going ashore
     
  • Travel insurance documents/any travel tickets
     
  • Passport for French Voyages, Ireland or any 6 day voyage like Scillies where Brittany might be an alternative option. On French voyages Reciprocal Free Health Care Card for Europe.
     
  • Personal medicines/ spectacles/ seasick tablets –check which brand if you suffer from asthma or are on regular medication.
     
  • Camera/binoculars etc
     
  • Modest quantity of alcohol for evening meals
     
  • You are welcome to bring musical instruments

Eda Frandsen Reviews

triumphant crew on the Oban to falmouth voyage

Eda Frandsen - Customer Comments 

Cornish Voyages

What was the best bit?
The whole experience of being on such a wonderful boat with a crew who are clearly committed and passionate about what they do and enjoy sharing that. Their enthusiasm is infectious even in the face of the challenging weather we experienced which kept us within the confines of the Carrick Roads.
More specifically, Chloe’s delicious and plentiful food, and being rocked to sleep by the waves on the last night even though we were moored in Falmouth harbour!

What was the worst bit?
It was bitterly cold from a strong to gale force south easterly plus rain at times. But Eda has the luxury of hot water bottles for those in need!

Why do you sail? 
I just love being on the water, and (cautiously, because I am a novice with thus far, limited experience), I seem to enjoy it the rougher the sea.
Sharing this with a group of people who also enjoy the simplicity of being close to nature in this way. - Penny D - Falmouth Short Taster April 2019

 "Best bits were being on the helm and being trusted to do various jobs without having too much experience. Bearing in mind that we had terrible weather (April) all the crew still made sure we had a lovely and educational time." 5 stars for booking arrangements, welcome, accommodation on board, safety briefing, quality of sailing, food quality, skipper and crew. personal attention – a lot, amount of sailing-just right, felt safe all the time. What vessel next time ? Eda in Western Isles.  Jane on Eda

 "Exciting, interesting and enjoyable." Enjoyed the whole experience (apart from cold hands and feet). On safety - I never felt unsafe on Eda, even at the most exciting moments she makes you feel secure."

Can't wait for Falmouth race I'm one lucky person to be crew on this beast thanks to falmouth rotary club for the sponsorship. Also thanks to eda frandsen crew for accepting me in to the crew ."  Ben Moss Falmouth Classics 2014

Cook Chloe is not afraid of crabs on Eda Frandsen

Falmouth to Mallaig Voyage 

 "Extraordinary and hard trip, great experience, discovery of a new world (Ireland and Scotland). Aspects I enjoyed most - the longer periods of sailing, very friendly and very competent crew, excellent food." 5 stars for booking arrangements, welcome, safety briefing, quality of sailing, food quality, skipper and crew. personal attention – a lot, amount of sailing-just right, felt safe all the time. What vessel next time ? square rigger." Chris on Eda

Sailing around Skye on Eda Frandsen. Melissa Williams on the Helm

Voyages in NW Scotland

What was the best bit?

The whole trip was just a fantastic experience. James was an extremely knowledgeable skipper...on everything from the boat to the natural history around us.
Dad particularly enjoyed seeing the Doosan engine!!!!!
The food was outstanding.

What was the worst bit?

Slightly choppy on the first morning!

Why do you sail? 

First time I had sailed. It was to provide some quality time for me, my father and two sons. It exceeded our expectations by a long way - Thanks Michael M for the feedback!

What was the best bit?

  • Bringing back memories of sailing with my dad,
  • dolphins racing Eda,
  • swimming on Mingulay and Andy playing the Mingulay Boat song there,
  • white sands and flowers on Pabbay,
  • beachcombing on the Monachs,
  • making it to St Kilda with gannets and scones, (Adam adds this note - plus proper Cornish Clotted Cream.) 
  • but most of all  the chattering, chuntering chittering  birds on the Shiants - especially the fulmar who had 12? attempts to land
  • and Chloe's lemon tarts, vegan soda bread, cheese scone, pasties

What aspects of the holiday did you least enjoy?

  • Remembering the ropes quickly enough and adjusting to a wheel not a tiller
Andy playing the Mingulay Boat Song off Mingulay on Eda Frandsen by Helen Phillips July 18
Andy playing the Mingulay Boat Song off Mingulay on Eda Frandsen by Helen Phillips July 18

What was the best bit?

All of it! Visiting the most amazing islands I never thought we would get to, amazing weather, fantastic food, great company

What was the worst bit?

Could have done with more wind (and more sailing, less motor). But you can't have it all and it meant we got places we wouldn't have otherwise.

Why do you sail? 

Haven't sailed for 25 years since I did the Tall Ships Race. But fell in love with it again and I will be back. Loved the freedom of the seas

Any other comments

The Eda Frandsen is a fantastic boat and the crew clearly care for her and are very sociable" 

rhum sunset, customer feedback
rhum sunset, customer feedback photo Alison .A.

"What was the best bit?

Sailing across northern tip of skye in katabatic F4/5 winds.

What was the worst bit?

No visibility all the way from Rum to Ronay. Nobody's fault, of course, but disappointing to have no views of skye at all.

Why do you sail?

Love the sea and the outdoors.

Any other comments

To a 70 year old, the skipper and mate looked incredibly young, but in no time at all I had complete confidence in their competence and experience. And they were such fun to be with. Penny was also amazing, both in the galley and as a sailing companion. 

Please thank Gabrial, James and Penny for everything they did to give us a such a great trip." - By Steve Wallace (2018 Scotland 6 Day Trip)

What was the best bit? The day spent on St Kilda.

What was the worst bit? Anxiety about sharing a very small space with people I had never met. Any fears were unfounded however.

Why do you sail? I have never sailed before but wanted to reach isolated p[arts of Scotland and see the area from a different angle.

Any other comments: The categories in the above questions do not allow for complementary comment beyond " good". This is unfair as most of my comments would be "Excellent" or indeed better than excellent." Richard H - Eda Frandsen 2nd June 9 Night Voyage 2018

Thank you James and Chloe, and Gabe who skippered us so brilliantly last week. Felt safe in your hands. We had an epic week and will be recommending you to our friends. Who can forget shopping for prawns at sea, a white Wellington boot and that breezy sail on Thursday? And we all want to know whether that couple who nearly didn't make it to Oransay are still a couple or not?! Oh and Chloe I am amazed I'm not the size of a house after your wonderful cooking." Facebook Review Gill J  June 2017

Many thanks to Jamie, Penny, Gabe and the other lovely people on board for a wonderful week's sailing in all types of weather and even hot sunshine! Thank you for the laughs, for showing me wonderful islands, puffins and for the amazing food!" Heather M H  Facebook Review - 28 May 2017 

 "Simply Perfect." Bits I enjoyed most - "Vessel/Crew/Area/FOOD" 5 stars for website, booking arrangements, welcome, accommodation on board, safety briefing, quality of sailing, food quality, skipper and crew. personal attention – a lot, amount of sailing-just right, good mix of sailing and ashore, felt safe all the time." Eddie on Eda 

 "Best Holiday Ever." What did you enjoy the most ? "Everything" Worst bits - " leaving the boat" 5 stars for website, booking arrangements, welcome, accommodation on board, safety briefing, quality of sailing, food quality, skipper and crew. personal attention – a lot, felt safe all the time." Gaynor on Eda 

First Season - New Business 

"It exceeded expectations in every way. The aspects I enjoyed most was the relaxed approach of James and Becky and great places they took us to." 5 stars for website, booking arrangements, welcome, accommodation on board, safety briefing, quality of sailing, food quality, skipper and crew. amount of sailing-just right, felt safe all the time. What vessel next time ? Eda ! "  Caroline, on Eda Frandsen

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