Optimist charters: - for your personal boat trip around Portpatrick

The Skipper

I am Dominic. I was born in Saltburn in the North East and have been involved with boats for many years.



Boating has always featured in my life and I began my interest at an early age, going fishing from whitby and scarborough with handlines and bits of mussel or mackerel! I  always taken the opportunity to go sea when it arises  and in 1991 I joined the Royal Navy as an engineer ,served on frigates,assault ships and aircraft carriers(most notably HMS Ark Royal), travelled the world for the next 22 years and experienced conflict in various theatres.  Since 2013(after obtaining the relevant qualifications) I have  skippered 3 charter angling vessels with  "Optimist" being my largest and most powerful vessel. 



My background is in Engineering and am a fully qualified Electrical / Electronics Engineer and Armourer and I am also a commercially endorsed Advanced Powerboat skipper with a cumulative career tally of over 5000 days at sea.

I have the utmost respect for the sea and appreciate how quickly she can turn on you....If I cancel the trip or bring you in early,its for a very good reason : YOUR SAFETY! Being afloat is meant to be pleasurable,not a scary experience....... 


 I hope that you will  consider Optimist an option for your trip.


Moored in Portpatrick, South west Scotland (dg98an)


The "Optimist"

Offshore 32

  • Powered by a 400hp Iveco Engine with Turbo
  • Large deck area with canvas covering
  •  for maximum comfort 

  • Enclosed flush toilet facility
  • Moored at Portpatrick, Wigtownshire (dg98an) 

  • 20 mile code of practice

All safety measures and up to date electronics


We cater for your individual requirements

  •  Bespoke Charters


  •  Wreck Fishing


  •  Mackerel Fishing


  •  Scenic Cruises


  •  Wildlife Watching


  •  Dive Charters


  •  Survey Work


  • Workboat Duties






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