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Islay Marine Centre

NEW! StormCats' sister company Islay Marine Centre is due to officially open with an Open Day and Boat Jumble on Sunday 30 July, 2011. Islay Marine Centre is situated at Surnaig Farm, right next door to the StormCats facility in Lagavulin Bay and provides a long list of facilities and services for all sorts of boating experiences. For more information go to

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Yamaha Engines

The boating season is well under way and we've had a lot of interest in yamaha engines which we are an authorised dealer for. We have sold and fitted seven this season so far.
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Renewable Energy Exhibition

Stormcats has had a busy few weeks. Exhibiting at the Aberdeen renewable energy show , with the help of Highlands and Islands Enterprise gave us a lot of good leads for the future and a chance to network . Islay is already at the forefront of renewable energy with the planned tidal turbines in the Sound of Islay. With offshore wind farms a real possibility, Stormcats have seen the opportunity to build catamarans, which we already do and to service boats.

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Port EllenTope Fishing Results

Oct 3 rd saw Stormcats Port Ellen Tope fishing comp which is a more local competition to finish of the fishing season. There was 10 boats and 33 anglers.

Ladies' Heaviest Fish - Julie Stitchell
Juniors' Heaviest Fish
1 Lyle Heads
2 Millie Mitchell
3 Jamie Stitchell

Adult Heaviest Fish
1 Scott McGurn Tope 55 lb
2 Ross Heads
3 Hugh Campbell

Heaviest bag of 5 individual species
Ross Heads

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Stormcats Awarded The Crown Estate One to Watch Award

Stormcats was awarded The Crown Estate One to Watch Award for Excellence in a Marine Business 2010. The presentation was made in Inverness By the Rt Hon David Mundell MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland.

The press release: A family-owned Islay boat builder’s growing international reputation and ambitions for its high performance and innovative designs has been recognised at the regional business awards. The Crown Estate One to Watch Award for a Marine Business was last night presented to StormCats Ltd. The company was established in 1999 and has since become Scotland’s largest fibreglass boat building company, custom building over 80 boats, predominately for the leisure market in Scotland, Norway, Ireland and England, with a trademark strength and resilience. Employing nine staff, it has recently expanded its premises to incorporate two moulding bays and is currently building a shop, and developing new training and show rooms.

StormCats continuously develops new designs and its range features modern materials, such as recycled bottles for buoyancy and hull technology, including a catamaran which will deliver 30-40% fuel savings. It has identified potential opportunities in building service boats for the growing offshore wind and wave power sector. The presentation was made by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell MP, at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s Highlands and Islands Annual Dinner and Business Excellence Awards, which attracted 350 guests from the region.

Alasdair Rankin, Head of Marine Business Development for The Crown Estate in Scotland, said: “Stormcats have demonstrated innovation and vision over the last decade, together with a real appreciation of emerging opportunities in the leisure market and the renewable energy sector. “We were also impressed by their drive for sustainability, using recycled materials and developing designs that will deliver significant fuel savings. “The Crown Estate is pleased to be able to help celebrate business excellence in the Highlands & Islands and wish Stormcats ongoing success.”

Gus Newman, Managing Director, StormCats, said: “StormCats are delighted to receive this award. We are a company which prides itself on running an innovative boat-building business. We are diversifying into the boat storage and boat repair business, and we have recently built a new slipway, with an 18-tonne boat hoist to service fishing vessels and yachts. “Our team of 8 people are continuously striving for more efficiency and ever higher quality and this is a fantastic reward for their efforts.”

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StormCats tackles Loch Ness but even Nessie couldn't catch them!!

Skipper Brian Mac Aulay with his MonoStorm 5.9 Tourer heads down the banks of Loch Ness, towing father of 4 Tim Davis at up to 29 knots, Tim was doing this 23 mile run non stop from Fort Augustus to Lochend for the charity sense scotland.

Read all about it in the Press and Journal

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StormCats Newst Model

StormBreaker 710 Tourer on sea trials. Full update coming shortly...

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Stormcats Tope Hunter Involved in Rescue

A Tope Hunter 5.9, the Freebird of Cadgwith, owned by Steve Holyer, comes to the resue. All the details of the rescue are available from the article, a copy from a Cornwall news paper.

Well done to Steve and Hellen.

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New Stormbreaker Tourer Sport

Stormcats have a new design on the drawing board with the first one due in the water shortly, she is our new Stormbreaker Tourer Sport, and boy she is a stunning looking boat.

From the drawing alone we have 3 orders all for the new design. The boat in the photo will be fitted with a 200 hp E tek evinrude. and a considerable fitout. Watch this space for the finished article.

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Boat Fishing Monthly Test of StormCruiser

Simon Everett puts this sporty 23-footer through her paces and discovers just how stable and smooth a ride she is.

It is amazing what you can find if you look hard enough. Those looking for a safe, stable, roomy and practical cruiser might like to consider the StormBreaker Cruiser built, of all places, on the Scottish island of Islay. Storm Cats have been around for a while now, producing small fishing type boats, but this model is one of those hidden gems that deserves to be brought to a wider audience for her practicality, stability and for the simple reason she is eminently affordable. I spent a full day on her in the waters of Islay enjoying the space and security aboard.

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