March 31st 2014. By Zuzana Prochazka.

Scots Miss: History in a Weatherhead Ketch

The Scots Miss was built in 1932, and was converted for pleasure use in 1964.

Like many vessels with a long history, Scots Miss is a boat that has successfully transitioned from a working craft to a family cruiser. Designed and built by Weatherhead of Cockenzie in 1932, she fished out of Tarbert in Argyll, Scotland, until 1964 when she was converted to a ketch-rigged motorsailer by Hallidays of Ramsgate. Today, she plies the waters as a solidly-built and very comfortable liveaboard sailboat.

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A piece of floating history, Scots Miss is now available for sale.

Her 48-foot hull is made of pitch pine on oak frames, while the wheelhouse and superstructure are oak with aluminum windows. The decks, coach roof, and pilothouse are laid with teak, and below the waterline Scots Miss has a long keel with a keel-hung rudder. At over 50,000 pounds, this converted motor fishing vessel (MFV) is not light, but due to her exceptional condition, she can still hold her own under sail. She has wooden masts and booms, stainless-steel standing rigging and a wire winch on the tabernacle for lowering the masts. Her sails are new or nearly new, and she’s ready to stretch her legs when the breeze freshens.

Below, Scots Miss has eight berths in three cabins and a full-sized head with a bath tub, so there’s plenty of room for a family to cruise comfortably. Her interior, including much of the galley, has been refreshed in the past five years and she carries nearly 400 gallons of fresh water so there’s hardly a modern necessity missing. Even her power plant, a single Gardner 4L3 68 hp, four-cylinder diesel, was completely overhauled—so she’s ready to motor along at seven knots.

Scots Miss has been under ownership for 35 years during which she has been maintained in a very seaworthy condition. She has sailed on the east coast of England across to France, and Holland and up to the Friesian Islands. As expected, a vessel like this attracts attention, so if you’re looking for a cruiser with character, Scots Miss is for sale in Kent in the United Kingdom. This may be a chance to own a piece of head-turning history and get in some fun cruising at the same time.

For more information, visit the Scots Miss listing.

Zuzana Prochazka
Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to and, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site,