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Eda Frandsen

What Eda Frandsen does best

Eda Frandsen (pronounced Ada) has been offering well loved charter voyages in Western Scotland for many years. Add to this that James, the skipper, has considerable experience of running traditional boats with guest crews and you have an ideal combination of boat, place and crew.

James, and mate, plus talented cook Chloe Gillatt have some run some amazing themed voyages this year and we look forward to seeing them develop yet more exciting new ideas and carve their own niche as they sail Eda Frandsen around our Celtic Seas with early and late season in the West Country, 

James is a very competent skipper. During sea trials he was handling the boat as though he had been on board for several years and I cannot think of a more suitable person to take over my “baby” Former Owner  Jamie Robinson 2012

Eda Frandsen Sailing Schedule

Eda Frandsen Ship Details

Introducing the Crew 

James has skippered many traditional vessels larger than Eda and made quite an impression down here in Cornwall.  After skippering Eda Frandsen full time for 5 years, James has a few other projects he wants to do so in 2018 Gabriel will be taking over as the main skipper. James will still be sailing quite a few voyages as the relief skipper this season.

Filling the yellow wellies left by Gabriel as he steps up from mate/relief skipper to full time skipper in 2018 will be a challenge new recruit James Steevenson will be delighted to fill. A life outdoors as commercial fisherman, skier and sailor is just the energetic proving ground a new member of crew needs for Eda Frandsen adventure voyages. James spent several seasons working on West Country Trading ketch Bessie Ellen and passed his RYA Yachtmaster Offshore on pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes.

The ships secret weapon is Chloe the Cook. In the space of one season Chloe Gillatt from the Isles of Scilly became legendary for her culliary creations on board Eda Frandsen and is a prime reason why so many customers come back year after year. We think she needs a webpage all to herself to give you a flavour of what to expect if you sail on Eda next year.  

Read Our Skipper & Crew Profile

Chloe's Creations - See photos of the amazing food on Eda Frandsen

What to Expect

Authentic hands on sailing experience with a team well used to helping people get the most out of the sailing.  You can expect to explore some amazing places and sail to the fullest extent that the weather allows.

Awesome Cooking and Fresh Seafood

The combination of James enthusiasm for catching crabs and lobster with the ships own creels (pots) with ships cook Chloe creating amazing puddings and home baking means the food is definately going to be a highlight of your voyage. At Classic Sailing we are lucky that many of the vessels we work with cook exceptionaly good food, but Eda Frandsen has really pulled out the stops to impress this year.

Read our page on Chloe's Creations

Summer Sailing Expeditions in Western Scotland

Eda will be running 6 and 9 day voyages from Mallaig at the entrance to Loch Nevis and the Knoydart Peninsula. Over the sparkling sea to the West are the islands of Skye, Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck and within reach are the Outer Hebrides like Benebecula, Uist or Eriskay. This is as close as you can get to unspoilt wilderness without leaving the UK.  Skye alone has over 450 miles of coastline to explore and the stunning Cullin Mountains as a backdrop to fast sailing in deep waters mostly protected from swell by the Outer Hebrides. 

There are sea eagles and golden eagles on Rum, otters in the lochs, basking sharks and minke whales—all feeding in one of the richest marine ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere.  Seafood like scallops and langostines are easy to buy straight from the fishing boats and local producers.  The island communities work hard and appreciate guests who have pulled a few ropes to arrive.


Spring & Autumn in the West Country

James knows Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and Devon well as a sailor and outdoor enthusiasts. He has made many contacts in the historic ports and amongst the seafaring communities of this distinctive corner of Britain.  Bringing Eda South to Cornwall in the Autumn and Spring means she can make the most of the milder weather and keep you all outdoors with the wind in your hair for longer. 

Enjoy short breaks, Island hopping in Scilly, Brittany and scenic coastal sailing from Lands End to Berry Head.  Secret zawns, wooded creeks, sea pink covered headlands and small havens like St Mawes that have been welcoming ships since Phoenician times. It all help create a timeless setting for a traditional boat like Eda.



“Sailing in the Western Isles of Scotland is one of the best ways of exploring these remote islands. You do not have to worry about accommodation, it’s close to nature but cosier than camping !” Briony

Eda Frandsen History

Eda Frandsen was built in Grenna, Denmark in 1938 and started life fishing for lobsters and  seine netting out of Lemvig.  Between 1990 and 1995 she was restored, but these 5 years hide a story of amazing determination. Her past owners watched in horror one night as their painstaking restoration went up in flames.  A huge effort from volunteers and shipwrights saw the ship substantially rebuilt although many areas retain the original undamaged wood. In 1995 she rose like a phoenix to the admiration of the wooden boating world as an incredibly strong ‘new’ wooden charter boat and soon gained a loyal following of supporters who came to sail her.

She has sailed extensively in Spain,  Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark and in 2002 she crossed the Atlantic to the Caribbean  winning the Concourse D’Elegance prize in Antigua Classics.


8 Berths in 4 Twin Cabins

The heart of Eda Frandsen is the large saloon. Two cabins are tucked either side of the main companionway, and two cabins forward can suit couples or individuals (bunks).  WC and hand basin and a second WC & hot shower. Separate crew quarters. Heating and a drying area for waterproofs. On deck she has a big ships wheel and  an unusual saddle to sit astride when steering, and   plenty of seating in a sociable area around the helm. 

Vessel Specification


Year Built/Restored                      1938/1995

Build Port                                             Grenna

Length Overall                                        73ft

Length on deck                                       56ft

Beam                                                        15ft

Draft                                                         8ft

Sail Area                                         2210sq ft

Guest Crew Overnight                    8 persons

Professional Crew                               3 crewPhoto by Alex Arthur

Max for day sails                          12 persons

Shower and 2 toilets

Generator for 240V                          

Tender  large rubber dinghy & outboard



VHF DSC radio, SSB radio. AIS, Epirb


UK Maritime Coastguard Agency Coded vessel for up to 60 miles from a safe haven - covering all safety equipment, drills and manning levels.  

What to Bring

  • Shoes with a good grip for deck
  • Rubber Boots
  • Swim suit & beach towel
  • Suntan lotion & sunglasses
  • Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves
  • Clothes that dry quickly.
  • Mix of warm, waterproof & windproof layers
  • Small rucksack for going ashore
  • Travel insurance documents/tickets
  • Personal medicines/ spectacles/toiletries
  • Cash for bar / spending money
  • Camera/binoculars etc
  • There are lockers and drawers in each cabin but no space for rigid suitcases. Please pack in a soft rucksack or bag.


What is included

  • Duvets, linen, pillows
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sailing instruction
  • All meals on board


What is not included

  • Personal towels
  • Travel to and from joining port
  • Travel insurance is required on all voyages



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