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2021 Ocean Survey Sailing & Beach Cleaning

  • Vessel: Narwhal
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Embark: Tobermory - 3 June 2021, 16:00
  • Disembark: Tobermory - 6 June 2020, 16:00
Single berth£595 £148.75
Single berth in double cabin£595 £148.75

Join expedition yacht Narwhal as she sails the Scottish coast completing ocean surveys and beach cleans and discovering hidden anchorages.

Join Narwhal at 4 pm in the sweet fishing village of Tobermory.

Once you’ve met your fellow guests and are settled in, Eric and Katherine will introduce you to everything that you need to know about living afloat onboard Narwhal and there will be initial safety briefings. Weather-permitting we may cast off and head to a nearby anchorage where we can all enjoy the beginning of our adventure and our first wildlife encounters. We will cook a hot dinner onboard to enjoy in the beautiful and secluded surroundings, a great way to get to know your fellow crewmates as well as discuss how the expedition and surveying will run.

The sheltered waters around Oban provide a great opportunity to become familiarised with the boat. We will introduce you to the survey methodologies as we undertake cetacean surveys and microplastic trawl sampling. You will be involved in all aspects of the surveying from observing and recording wildlife sightings to undertaking trawl samples and analysing the contents. As evening approaches we will select a sheltered anchorage to log our recordings, analyse samples and complete our journal entries and relax on deck as the sun goes down.

Using the unique access that sailing by boat gives us, we will head ashore to monitor the impacts humans are having on remote, inaccessible beaches. We will show you how to complete a number of beach-based surveys including beach litter surveying and cleaning using the OSPAR guidelines, beach microplastic monitoring and nurdle surveying. The great thing about these surveys is that once you have learnt the survey methodologies you can repeat them yourselves on beaches closer to home. We will make sure you know how to run your own surveys and who to submit your data to so that it can be of most use to scientists for affecting change.

Sailing along the beautiful Hebridean coastline provides unique and diverse habitats to discover. Time and tide permitting we will introduce you to some of its rockpool residents and enjoy some sustainable foraging. We will work together to transport all of the beach litter that we have collected back to Narwhal. Depending on how long our shore surveys take, we may make a short sail to a different anchorage in the evening.

We will spend our final day conducting cetacean surveys and microplastic trawl samples as well as enjoying the Scottish scenery as we sail back towards Oban. We will moor up in Oban in time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition as well as return equipment and issue you with your Ocean Survey Certificates before departing the boat at 4 pm.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas that we will visit and surveys that we will undertake on the expedition. The exact itinerary and surveys that we conduct will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests on board you will have lots of opportunities to get involved with both surveying and sailing.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
2021 Ocean Survey Sailing & Beach Cleaning3 June 20214£595Enquire now
2021 Ocean Survey Sailing & Beach Cleaning1 July 20214£595Enquire now


Guest berths: 6 Rig: Sloop

Narwhal is a 50ft expedition yacht. Made of sturdy steel she is a real go-anywhere boat, ready for adventures to some of the wildest and most remote places on the planet.

A custom made expedition vessel, Narwhal’s interior offerings have been well thought out and she is well equipped to be as comfortable as she can be for guests and crew for long durations at sea. She has twin forward cabins, each with two bunks, and a large stern cabin, a galley, a communal saloon and an extra-cosy additional seating area. With a built-in diesel heater, even when she exploring some of the most remote and coldest locations on the planet, her guests are sure to be kept warm and toasty below decks.

The navigation station is well equipped for all eventualities with Narwhal’s computer system and her top of the range routing software set up for sailing in some of the toughest locations and conditions. She also has a satellite communication system which means we can keep in touch wherever we are in the world. From the necessary modern technologies to the paper charts, dividers and sextants, Narwhal still practices her navigation traditional skills.

Designed to be self-sufficient whilst sailing offshore for extended periods in remote locations, Narwhal has a water-maker as well as large freshwater and fuel tanks. With plenty of room to store food and equipment, Narwhal always has all the things necessary for adventuring in remote locations.

Protecting the environment is at the forefront of Narwhal’s ethos so she is equipped with solar panels and wind and hydro generators to generate power more sustainably. If the wind doesn’t blow however, she does have a 105hp Volvo engine to push along and a generator to keep the lights on.
Narwhal’s voyages are also often focused around the protection of the environment and she regularly runs trips involving beach cleans and marine research.

Narwhal also has kayaks, paddle-boards and fishing gear for guests to use!

Deck plan

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  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes we can - please let us know in advance of your trip

  • Can I charge my phone and camera?

    Yes we have 12v charging in all bunks although mobile signal can be intermittent

  • What language is spoken on board?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    Narwhal has a double bed and 2 twin bunks

  • How many toilets/showers does she have?

    Two toilets, one shower

  • Is there any age limit?

    No under 18's

  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals are included in the price unless you go ashore.(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.

  • Are sailing suits provided?

    Yes, Narwhal provides all-in-one waterproof suits for all her guests. Please let us know your size when booking.

  • Are life jackets provided?


  • Are watersports included?

    Narwhal has kayaks, paddleboards and fishing gear for guest use free of charge at the discretion of the Skipper.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently on a boat. We recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.


From: Tobermory

To: Tobermory

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