Glasgow pushes the boat out

21 Nov 2008

by Iain Lundy, Evening Times

A Glasgow businessman has taken the first steps towards bringing back river traffic to the Clyde.

Gerry Ferguson has launched a luxury yacht, Helen of Glasgow, and is set to offer private and corporate charters from its city base.

It is the first new vessel to offer cruises on the river since the Pride O' The Clyde waterbus was sold to the company which operates boats on Loch Katrine.

The only other service on the Clyde - which once teemed with boats of all sizes - is Seaforce, a powerboat company with its base beside the Tall Ship.

Mr Ferguson said: "I lived beside the Clyde and every morning I used to look out and think there should be more boats on the river.

"I had the idea and it has blossomed and launching the boat is like a dream. It's something I have always wanted to do.

"Every other city in the world that has a major river running through it makes the most of that fact. We just don't use it properly."

He said he named the 65ft cabin cruiser after his mother and that it will be based at the pontoon next to the Glasgow Science centre.

It will take clients on luxury trips in the waters of the west coast, including to golf resorts on the Firth of Clyde like Troon and Turnberry.

Mr Ferguson's company, Clyde Executive Charters, employs boat skippers and crew members, including fully-trained chefs.

The vessel is capable of 25 knots and has presentation and communication facilities for corporate parties.

He added: "Whether you wish to treat loved ones to a trip they'll never forget, reward some of your top staff or entertain key clients, Helen of Glasgow offers the ultimate in hospitality.

"You can berth at secluded destinations for a leisurely lunch, sample a sip of whisky or perhaps take in a round of golf on some of the best courses in the world." A day-long charter on the vessel will cost £3000 and a weekly charter £18,000. Champagne lunch packages at the quayside are available at £89.95.

Reproduced with the permission of The Evening Times (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

  • Helen of Glasgow © A. Devine