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27th August 2017

Balpha Mast Launch at HISWA 2017

Following 18 months design and product development Balpha Mast will launch at HISWA te water in Amsterdam 29th August 2017.... more

14th December 2016

Balpha Mast UK Patent

UK Patent No. GB2502497 (A mast raised or lowered by means of a drive member Sail Line Fish Ltd granted 14/12/16.... more

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The Research undertaken aims to establish the potential of a sail assisted commercial fishing vessel.

Areas of research undertaken:-

  • 1/5/2010 - 31/10/2011 - smart:Scotland Feasibility Study to Develop a Sail Line Fishing Vessel - Aim - to establish how effective a modern sail system could be within a commercial fishing vessel - Results - 33 % distance sailed, 17.6% reduction in fuel comsumption, 76 days extra per year with folding mast system - Balpha Mast.
  • 1/5/2009 - Ongoing - Daily Log of Weather and Sea States Relative to Sail-Assisted Fishing - Aim - To collect meteorological data within Shetlands fishing grounds of wind speed & direction, swell height, suitablity of conditions for sail fishing in 15 meter vessel. Results - 69% days per year suitable for sail fishing.   

                                    Balpha Mast demonstration 2011 

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Star LK850

The boat we use, the Star LK850, was originally built in 1970 as 'Vigra' by Walter Duncan... more


A timeline showing the major events and milestones acheived by the feasibility study into sail powered commercial fishing... more