How do I book the boats?
When you become a member of the Boat Club we will send you details on how to reserve the boat. This can be done online, over the phone, or by email. The usual times that you can take the boat are 0930 – 1630, but if you have special requirements such as to go on a evening sundowner cruise then you can contact us and we will make special arrangements for you
I want to join but it is part way through the season, can I still join?
The standard memberships are set and priced for full seasons, but you can still join for a part season membership dependent on membership places being available. Please contact us for more info and for pricing. Please note that a part season membership may affect the added membership extras like training budgets.
What Qualifications do I need?
You need to have completed an RYA Powerboat Level two course and hold an RYA/MCA VHF operators licence, and the online Essential Navigation course. All courses can be taken through the Edinburgh Marine Academy, and training budgets can be put towards these courses. Powerboat Level Twos are usually taken on the first two membership days of the season, and VHF courses are arranged on demand, or can be completed online.
Where should I go on my day trip?
There are a huge number of small and picturesque fishing ports on the banks of the Firth of Forth, many of them only accessible in smaller boats with lifting engines. We can give you ideas and cruising plans if you would like to explore them. With appropriate conditions (dependent on boats) you will even be able to go further afield, such as to St Abbs, North Berwick, and to Elie, St Monans and other ports on the Fife coast.
Can I go on a multiple day trip?
Yes you can take the boat away for multiple days by prior arrangement. You will need to fill in a passage plan detailing your approximate routes and safe havens but this is a great way to go further afield and see new areas. We can give you details on ports and harbours in the Firth of Forth that you could consider as destinations.
How much will fuel cost?
Like a car, fuel usage depends on how you drive the boat, the sea state, and the number of people you carry. As an approximate rule if you allow 1 litre of fuel per mile driving at optimum cruising speed (about 2500 revs – 20 knots) then this will allow approximate calculation. If you drive the boat fast, or fill it with people then you will use more fuel. We will give you the boat full each morning, and then top up the tank at the end of the day and you will be charged just for what you use at the pump list price by invoice after your trip.
Do I need to take any other equipment?
All the boat safety equipment and personal protective equipment (lifejackets and waterproofs) are supplied as standard for you and each of your passengers. All you need to bring is your lunch, water, sunglasses and suncream and any other items of warm clothing or belongings that you need for the day.
Stand Up Paddleboards
2 Stand Up Paddle-boards can be included for Gold and Silver memberships as standard for bookings on the Merry Fisher 695 (please request at time of booking), and can be added on request for Flex memberships for a fee. SUPs will be attached to the boat on the racks provided along with paddles and leashes. We do ask that you ensure that you are proficient in the use of these before you use them, and SUP training can be provided if required.