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A yacht charter with Ted Warren aboard Longbow offers you the chance to

Frequently Asked Questions
Comments from a guest in 2001



Longbow Cruising invites you to sail one of the largest charter yachts on the West Coast of Scotland. Experienced sailors and novices alike enjoy sailing Longbow because her powerful, well-balanced rig is easily controlled by the light and sensitive helm. The skipper is an experienced sailor and teacher and offers instruction in sailing, seamanship and navigation to whatever level you require.

Longbow is a Bowman 57 cutter-rigged sloop, often reaches speeds of 8 knots or above, and her robust and sea-kindly build means she can take rough weather in her stride if required. With the increased speed that comes from such size and power, even in light winds, you can explore widely amongst the fantastic passages and anchorages that the West Coast has to offer.

Longbow's inventory includes cruising chute (asymmetric spinnaker), radar, 120hp engine, separate 12kW generator, electric anchor windlass, powerful autohelm, fridge, freezer and 240V electricity. As part of her adherence to DTi regulations, she also carries a full set of lifejackets and harnesses and has either one or two liferafts according to the number of guests. There is more information about her layout on the yacht page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to FAQ


One of our guests in 2001, Martin Stern, encouraged us to quote the comments he wrote in Longbow's guest book:

"If you are a passionate sailor but don't own a boat, you are faced with all sorts of problems. Sailing your own yacht will face you with not only the high expected costs but with unexpected ones, which may be large. Sailing this way has been compared to the sensation you get when standing under a cold shower tearing up twenty pound notes. Bareboat charter leaves you with skills at best too little practised amid the vagaries of weather, crew and the unforeseen. Joining a skippered cruise in a small yacht crammed to capacity to keep the fee down is liable to face you with five close companions you can't get away from for a week: you'll probably grow fond of four of them, but the fifth…
[Longbow has] taken a refreshing and thoughtful approach which provides the answer. Provided, that is, that you realise that you get what you pay for, and that if you "do it yourself" it will cost more anyway. Actually, having made the decision to join a Longbow cruise, you will, judging by our experience, end up getting a lot more than you paid for. Ted does what he does because he is totally dedicated to the things he believes in, which include good sailing and outstanding teaching.
Try the experience: I think you'll want to repeat it."
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