Two new boats will be fishing out of Stornoway next week, as fishermen expand their businesses and upgrade their vessels.

Skipper Calum Maciver has brought the 12-metre multi-purpose vessel Gratitude K from Land’s End in Cornwall, from a skipper who was scaling back to a smaller vessel. He will have her in the water on Monday (August 13th), when she’ll get a new coat of signal red paint. She’s able to work as a trawler or scalloper, extending the potential for the business.

Gratitude K takes Calum’s business to three vessels and 15 crew. He’s in partnership with skipper Colin Nicolson Macleod on the Prevail and Kaylana skippered by Kevin Munro.

Calum said: “Gratitude K is up on the slip at Goat Island just now and will be in the water on Monday. Then I’m fitting new gear including enviro-dredgers, which are less harmful to the seabed, so I’m doing my bit for conservation.”

Already at sea this week with a crew of three is the Our Pride, which has been brought from Barra by skipper Adam McClements. Adam has bought her as a replacement for Silver Chord, which has been sold on to Mark Reid and Iain Mackay and will continue to work out of Stornoway.

Our Pride is an 18-metre traditional trawler with twin rigs, harvesting prawns. She’s freshly painted in blue and white and fitted out to a high specification, needing no more than ‘wee jobs’, according to Adam. He said: “She’s a really nice boat with all the facilities – a shower, microwave and Sky TV, in fact, everything we could want!”