One of Scilly's most well-known and loved tripper boats has a new owner. Ryan Sloane and his fiancé Lizzie Phillips have bought the Seahorse from Steve Hicks.
After launching last week the Seahorse is scheduled to make her first trip of the year tomorrow. The vessel will continue to be run within the St Mary's Boatmen's Association.
Ryan who will be Skippering the Seahorse said: "I'm excited to be becoming a member of the St Mary's Boatmen's Association. The Seahorse has such a connection with the Islands, being designed and built locally, and I'm very proud to be her new owner and Skipper.
The boat has been for sale for a little while. After getting engaged last October, Lizzie and I have been looking for a way to establish a future for us here in Scilly."
Ryan added: "Given my experience over the last 8 years the Seahorse was the perfect opportunity for us. Launching last week was fantastic. Despite the weather being very cold, the sun was shining and the conditions were perfect. It's a relief to have her on the water.
This is Ryan's 8th year on Scilly working on passenger boats. During his time on Scilly he's worked for Tresco Boat Services and skippered Kingfisher for Alec Hicks. He's also been a commercial diver on Scilly for the last 5 years but has also said, he might have to give it a bit of a break.
Lizzie is no stranger to the sea either. She has her Chief Mates ticket and has spent 7 years working on cruise ships and now is currently working as a Customs Officer for UK Border Force.
The Seahorse was built in 1997 by Peter Martin on St Mary's - Steve Hicks had her commissioned.
Details relating to trips will be made available through social media and will also be written up on the blackboards in Hugh Town and on the quay.
We'll be catching up with Ryan and Lizzie in the near future and would like to wish them both all the very best with this new exciting chapter in their lives.