Originally built in 1956 by J&G Forbes near Fraserburgh, Scotland, Radiant Star spent her first 38 years working as a Herring Drifter in the North Sea fishing fleet 6 days a week off the craggy shoals of Scotland. In 1994, Radiant Star was slated to be chain sawed, wrecked as part of a government buy-out of the fleet. Her current owner, who is a Scottish American, knew he wanted to convert a ship of this type and he travelled to Scotland to identify candidate vessels from this fleet. After shortlisting 7 and visiting all of these he finally selected Radiant Star. With much local knowledge to ground him, he focused on the J&G Forbes construction, and was finally won over by the graceful sheer line and the large 'fish hold' forward, which would accommodate the apartment he intended to build into the vessel. Standing on the blustery quay in the Shetland Islands, he shook hands with the fisherman who had owned her since 1964 and the sturdy trawler began her conversion into a yacht.
The new owners asked that the yacht be delivered to Fraserburgh, where they worked with the local talent to build a new galley into the large hold forward. They also did some simple preparations for the long voyage back to Seattle. They then took the yacht up the Themes River to London where they found many refurbished antiques from the local shops which were eventually built into the vessel. These include a large dining table, book case, display cabinet, officers desk and chairs which were all items salvaged from steam ships and cruise liners of the Victorian age. These beautiful items with their plaques are now built in place as part of the beautiful interior fit out aboard Radiant Star.
The new Owners, with some trusty friends, cruised the yacht home, rounding Cape Horn in January of 1995 and arriving in Anacortes in April, having cruised 18,000 nm and 2300 engine hours. It was there that the real work on the conversation began! The original 3" decks were repaired as needed and re-faired. They were then rubberized before a new 2" fir deck was laid. The bottom was refastened with 3,000 huge 5" square spikes. The bulkwarks were replaced with mahogany and capped with purple heart, much of which had to be steam bent to the required curve. All of the exterior work was done by Guemes Island boatbuilder David Hartford and his crew. David Bass did the interior.
Radiant Star has been featured in Passagemaker Magazine (Spring 1999), in Wooden Boat (July 2006), as well as in the prestigious publication by the Cruising Club of America (CCA). She has been voted Best in Show and Peoples Choice at recent Trawlerfest events.
"Radiant Star" has never looked better. Currently (Spring of 2014), "Radiant Star" is in excellent condition and shines from the tops of her gleaming purple heart teak caprails to her freshly painted keel. Out of the water in August 2013, as she is every year, this yacht has been consistently maintained and shows knowledgeable owners attentions. "It is not expensive to do, it is just regular." Refastened below the waterline in 2005. Ready for your cruising adventure!