With the Dundee dock gate out of action and the Newport slip increasingly occupied by working vessels, Taymara had to look further afield for berthing facilities and a base for operations. With the help of local connections and two Arbroath-based trusts, a berth was found for Badger, and some of the ongoing training was carried out from the Angus town.
Badger will be stored at McKay’s Boatyard for the winter and certain maintenance activities will be progressed there, including her annual refit.

Update (29th March 2014) Badger has since been offered a berth in Tayport Harbour and Taymara has accepted this kind offer.

The RIB Catalina, a 5.7 metre Humber Destroyer
The RIB Catalina, a 5.7 metre Humber Destroyer

Taymara has been offered the short-term loan of a 5.7 metre Humber Destroyer rigid inflatable. This RIB, in very good condition, satisfies a dire need to augment the powerboat training resources for the charity’s members, and clients from Castle Huntly. The RIB, named Catalina as a tribute to the flying boats formerly based at Woodhaven, is capable of carrying five people with ease and has a top speed of around 35 knots. Catalina is a massive improvement on Taymara’s former planing craft, it has proved to be a good sea boat, is quite economical, and it dispenses with the need to hire RIBs for Powerboat 2 and Advanced Powerboat courses. Conscious of the fact that the owners’ generous temporary loan of the vessel does not provide long-term availability for projects we are committed to, Taymara continues to seek funding for its own RIBs.
D.K.

Catalina passing Scotscraig Lighthouse
Catalina passing Scotscraig Lighthouse