Welcome to 'Peel Traditional Boat Weekend'

'Peel Traditional Boat Weekend' was first run in 1990 and on the basis that 'if it aint broke dont fix it' the format will be much the same as in previous years. It is a relaxed event with the focus very much on the boats, the people and the sea. Its time to catch up with friends old and new, admire all those beautiful boats nor try to build a dinghy from scratch. As always the event is free to boats which meet the qualifying criteria and of course, crews are not forgotten. We have become known for the traditional Manx hospitality we provide. This includes kippers for breakfast, a commemorative gift for each boat and "time enough" to sit and chat. We hope that we can welcome YOU to Peel. Join us and we can assure you of the best of times in great company...

1999 21st Aniversary

1999 the event celebrated its 21st anniversary with the return of the ‘Espanola’ which was once owned by Alphonse XIII King of Spain. Built in 1902 by Samuel Bond of Birkenhead, she was constructed with teak planks on oak and elm frames with her present owner, Martin Birch, ensuring that she remains an elegant lady of the sea. It’s a fairly relaxed weekend with traditional style vessels visiting the Island’s fishing port from a number of anchorages around the Irish Sea, together with a selection of local, historically interesting boats. Typical examples were the ‘Master Frank’, a Manx half decker rigged as a gaff cutter built in Ramsey in 1895, the ‘White Heather’, a Manx nobby built in Peel in 1904, ‘Fisher Lass’, a baulk yawl built in Port St Mary in 1926 and ‘Scotch Lass’, a motor fishing vessel built in Fife in 1952. They were joined by Morecambe Bay prawners, Galway hookers and ex-RNLI lifeboats in Saturday’s Parade of Sail which took place in the picturesque setting of Peel bay with its nostalgic background of historic buildings, which have largely escaped the modern developers’ attempts to revolutionise the town. There was also an opportunity for budding DIY enthusiasts to turn their hand to a boat building competition and quench their thirst with a pint of beer produced especially by Okell’s Brewery for a recent Beer Festival. The local ‘Creek Inn’ also featured a number of special beers throughout the weekend, although the hub of the event focused on the Peel Yacht and Sailing Club nearby. The town’s Ward Library and Leece Museum also organised boat and fishing displays with the weekend culminating in the crowning of the ‘Herring Queen’ and the popular Peel Carnival which was also celebrating its 60th anniversary. www.peeltraditionalboat.org Valerie Caine

The Manx Nobby

The Manx Nobby Similar to the Cornish luggers in design the Manx Nobby is a herring and mackerel lugger and was adapted to be suited to deep water drift net fishing. Arriving on the Isle of Man in 1884, the Manx nobby was smaller than their predecessors, the ‘nickies’, and was used to fish home waters. These were the last type of boat that was built specifically for fishing in peel until the yards closed in 1930


The fall in popularity of the nobby As mechanised propulsion began to change the shape of fishing across the UK the nobby eventually gave way to a new era in boating. By the 1920’s the introduction of engines was beginning to shape the world of local fishing in the area and, though sailboats were still popular, the decline of the nobby had begun. After the second world war most of the yards that were building nobbies began to decline as orders dropped off and many of these builders retired. Remaining stocks were sold cheaply to clear and many of these were converted to leisure yachts. Since the 1990’s local nobby owners have begun to show interest in restoring this traditional boat to its native area and the Nobby Owners Association has brought over twenty of these traditional sailboats back to the area. Traditional boats, wherever they hail from, are an exciting part of the nautical landscape and offer a unique insight into a locality's connection to the sea. If you are thinking about restoring or owning a classic boat then do be sure to look at our classic boat section for inspiration.