Whimbrel is a luxurious ‘Bluewater 50′ catamaran built in 2017 by Discovery in Southampton, and now available for private yacht charters.

Designed with comfort in mind, yet with fast passage making ability, she is very stable, and her shallow draft (1.4m) makes her an ideal fast cruising yacht to explore quiet anchorages in style. 

Fully compliant with current MCA regulations she can carry up to eight people up to 60 miles from a safe haven.

After spending he inaugural season in the Caribbean, she is now perfectly located for West Coast of Scotland exploration and guests can be met at agreed locations between Troon and Oban.

Yacht Whimbrel cabin layout
Quotation about Bluewater 50 catamaran
Whimbrel is perfectly located to explore the West Coast of Scotland – one of the great cruising areas of the world.

Sailing from Troon (for example) visits to Holy Island, Brodick Castle and Lamlash on Arran – Mount Stuart House or Rothesay on Bute – the pretty harbour of Tarbert, or perhaps and the almost Scandinavian landscape of Loch Long are all in easy reach.

If you have time to venture further afield, and past the Mull of Kintyre, there are thousands of miles of largely unspoiled coastline to explore and with it countless quiet anchorages, but you are never too far from a fully serviced marina – if that’s your desire. It really is up to you.

Puffins on the Isle of May Pic VisitScotland / Kenny Lam
Staffa Island and Fingals Cave Pic: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam
Scotland boasts spectacular wildlife, which is wonderful to observe from a sailing boat.

From seals and dolphins, porpoises, whales and basking shark, to otters, red deer, majestic soaring eagles, puffins, guillemots and graceful gannets. There is an extraordinarily rich marine environment to observe.

A voyage on board Whimbrel is an ideal of seeing this wonderful coast, watching for passing wildlife, or just relaxing. It is often possible to access dramatic walks ashore using the sturdy dinghy, perhaps across an island with Whimbrel waiting for you on the other side.

Puffins and Fingal’s Cave pics © Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam

On Board

Whimbrel has three guests cabins, one double and two twins – each en-suite with electric flushing toilet, powerful shower, hand-basin and heated towel rail, with beautiful Corian surfaces, a full mirror, and shaver socket, and she benefits from both full air-conditioning and central heating.

For time spent below, there is a TV with DVD, a Bluetooth enabled stereo and seating for all around the dining table, and almost 360º visibility through the tinted windows. There is also sheltered outdoor seating and dining in the vast cockpit.

Yacht Whimbrel dinghy
Lunch of fresh scottish langoustine aboard Yacht Whimbrel

She has a fully-equipped galley with a double oven, four burner gas hob and combination microwave oven, two fridges, a deep freeze and a gas BBQ on the aft deck.

Whimbrel carries a 3.4 metre aluminium hulled RIB, with a 15 hp Yamaha outboard motor – perfect for getting ashore safely. Electric davits make launching and recovery simple and efficient, and the transom steps make boarding both safe and civilised. There is an extending stainless steel swimming ladder, and a hot and cold fresh water shower on the aft deck.

The Skipper
Whatever your sailing experience, you are in safe hands. Whimbrel’s dedicated Skipper Ben Merritt has been at sea for 30 years, running yachts (both power and sail) up to 100ft.

For the last few years he has been based in Scotland, and has come to know and love the West Coast. Since completing a degree in history at St Andrews University, he has found a real passion for the country.

He holds an RYA Yachtmaster Certificate with a commercial endorsement, as well as the industry standard STCW95 and current First-Aid certificate. He is also a RYA Powerboat Instructor.

A very keen amateur cook, Ben will endeavour to keep guests well fed on board, using local seafood whenever possible.

Ben Merritt Skipper of Yacht Whimbrel
Whimbrel is fully compliant with current MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency) regulations, and is certified ‘Category 2’. She can carry up to eight people up to 60 miles from a safe haven. She carries all the necessary safety and firefighting equipment, which includes the following:
Life jackets and harnesses for ten passengers
Horseshoe buoys and drogues, with lights
VHF DSC Radio with cockpit repeat
7 x Fire Extinguishers, automatic engine room firefighting system
Smoke Detector
Echomax Radar Reflector

Eight man ISO Liferaft, Solas B pack
Jack stays and deck eyes
Dan Buoy to RORC spec
Full set of flares
4G & WiFi booster antennae
Ocean Safety Danbuoy and MOB Recovery
Handheld VHF
Gas alarm and isolation
Extensive Medical Kit
Mast mounted Fog Horn

Yacht Whimbrel at sea

For 2024 Whimbrel can be met at any suitable location between Troon and Oban to suit your itinerary. Weekly charters are fully-catered (at cost) and run from Saturday to Saturday, though other times and durations are available by negotiation.

Charters are managed by Whimbrel’s agents Marchmont Farms Limited who own the magnificent ‘Grade A’ listed Marchmont House near Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders.

Longer durations are avaialble by arrangement, please contact the skipper Ben Merritt using the email form, or by telephone, to discuss your requirements and availability.

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c/o Marchmont Farms Limited
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Holt Lodge Farm
Horton Heath
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Tel: +44 (0)7775 881334