Orkney Boats

Orkney Boats

Orkney History Timeline


Brand New Pilothouse 25

Developed by Orkney Boats and TT boat designs, the 25 is intended to supersede the longstanding and popular Pilot House 24 model. Whilst keep the traditional Orkney lines and the Nelson hull design, the new 25 is the first of a new generation of Orkneys with a slightly edgier and sleeker styling. The Pilot House 25 and her bigger sister the Pilot House 27 both offer the opportunity for extended passage making in a Category B offshore motor cruiser, combining excellent v sea keeping characteristics with impressive performance.

Pilot House 25


Pilothouse 20 mk3

With a new Day Angler & Valiant cruiser package available to meet the individual requirements of both cruiser and fisherman. A new version of the Pilothouse 20 was introduced.

Pilot House 20


4th Generation Longliner 2

Finally a worthy successor to the legendary Longliner 16 was introduced with several key improvements.

Longliner 16


Flagship Pilothouse 27 Launched

The Orkney Pilot House 27 has an enviable reputation for sea keeping .Developed by Orkney and Nelson designers TT Boat Designs, the hull features a generous waterline length and free board. This combined with a heavy displacement endows the 27 with a sure footedness in a seaway not found in many boats of even greater size.

Pilot House 27

2007, 2008 & 2009

592, 522 & 452

The Series 2 incorporated everything learnt from over 30 years of boat building and although they retain the classical retro styling, they are built with the latest materials and design ideas whilst not forgetting one of our key design principals of keeping the boats relatively light and economical.

Series II


Vanguard 170

Very quickly there was a strong demand for a smaller version of the V190 & so the V170 was developed. The Vanguard marque soon became popular with many owners as a harbour launch and family day Sport boat, but has equally been used in other applications including tenders on Superyachts around the world, where often a semi bespoke finish is required.


Vanguard 190

Started to roll off the production line and created a name for itself as a boat that you could take home and put on your drive or in your garage as well as go out to sea in and remain confident in its capabilities. Proof of this timeless design is that it has continued in production today largely unchanged as the Orkney 440 with over 1200 built so far.

1998 & 2002

Pilothouse 20 & Pilothouse 24

The Orkadians and Day Anglers were really the inspiration and basis for the new Pilothouse 24. The smaller sistership Pilothouse 20 was developed from the Day Angler 19+. Both models continued until 2014 and have formed a cornerstone of our product line-up becoming a great success with recreational anglers and day boaters alike, as well as several commercial operators.

Pilot House 20

1997 & 1998

New Performance Range: 590TT & 520

Designed to replace the Strikeliner 16+ & Fastliner 19+, the new 520 & 590TT were faster, easier to launch and incorporated many new features in design and finish that were also designed to get the best our of the latest Four Stroke engine technology.


Orkadian 20/23

For the customer who wished to go boating in more luxury the Orkadian 20 & 23 offered just that with a more refined fit out and finish. That said, Her Majesties Coastguard ordered 2 Orkadian 23s as patrol boats and remained in constant use in Scotland and the South Coast for over 10 years. So popular was this range that they can even be seen as far South as the Falkland Isles.


Day Angler 19+ Launched at London International Boat Show

Day Angler 19+ was launched at Earls Court and 17 were ordered there and then with a further 15 being ordered at a subsequent demonstration weekend. Our original estimates were way off and we were soon building two Day Angler 19+s a week and continued this way for the majority of its production run.


Day Angler 19+ Huge Success

The first boat designed by Arthur Mursell of TT Boat Design based on the Isle of Wight, was launched 3 years later as the natural progression for this range as it was easily trailed and moved around the country to new fishing grounds to explore. The success of this model was hugely underestimated with a projected annual build of 20 boats.


Larger Boats Introduced - Day Angler 21/23

The Day Angler 21 and 23 was created in response to the commercial beach boat fisherman who found the Fastliner 19 a little too small and although originally intended as an open workboat was soon adapted to allow for a wheelhouse which proved popular with operators like the HM Coastguard and Harbour Authorities and German Police Service.

Early 1990s

TT Boat Designs

The collaboration between Orkney Boats and Arthur Mursell of TT Boat Designs was formed. TT Boat Designs is famed for many of the Nelson designs that you see today being used as pilot craft and workboats around the world. Arthur’s influence is firstly most obvious with the introduction of the Pilothouse 24 and is easily seen in the boats we build today with blunt bows and deep forefoot. This collaboration brought Orkney’s design ideas into the 21st century.


Coastliner 14: Timeless Design

Started to roll off the production line and created a name for itself as a boat that you could take home and put on your drive or in your garage as well as go out to sea in and remain confident in its capabilities. Proof of this timeless design is that it has continued in production today largely unchanged as the Orkney 440 with over 1200 built so far.

Coastliner 14

1984 & 1987

Fastliner 19 & Strikeliner 16+

These two boats really were a quantum leap from the Orkneys of old and included many of the latest ideas and requests that previous Orkney owners had suggested, including wheel steering something which at the time was a rarity on most boats and reflected Orkneys forward thinking and approach to continued development of their models.

Finding huge success with the retail and commercial customers alike, many were used as commercial beach boats which are still seen widely in use today, in particular around the South coast and Scotland.


Smallest of range: Angler 11

Aimed primarily at the rowing club and small tender market you will find this model working along side the Spinner in the Royal Parks of London as well as many being used to ferry owners to and from their moorings. Although no longer in our main line up this model is still produced by special order for clubs around the country with nearly 500 boats still in use today.


Introducing Fastliner 16

The Fastliner 16 incorporated improved performance with the option of having an enclosed cuddy whilst retaining many key features that made the Longliner so popular. By the end of its production run in 1987 Orkney had manufactured in excess of 6,250 boats in total and had paved the way for generations of boats to come.


Developing the Longliner

With Longliner no. 1850 rolling off the production line, customers wanted to go further afield from their normal fishing grounds and in order to achieve this they required faster boats.

Longliner 16


Smaller Spinner 13

Launched with an equally impressive reaction to the Longliner as not only a recreational small fishing boat but also with commercial operators and hire boat fleets. Even today if you were to row around either Battersea or Hyde Park then you have most probably been onboard an Orkney Spinner. Later on a sailing version of the Spinner was introduced as the Orkney Skua.

Spinner 13


Sportier Model Introduced: The Iconic Orkney Dory

Owing to its great succees and popularity a smaller 3m Dory and a larger 4.5m Dory were then launched in 1977 and 1979. Today Orkney still produce the Dory 424 model and more than 2,500 Dory models have been made to date, a number which continues to steadily increase year upon year.

Dory 424


First model in range: Longliner 16

This Longliner model has remained so popular that it is still in constant production today and although now in its 4th generation, well over 3000 boats have been produced.

Longliner 16


Orkney Boats Estabilshed in 1973