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Harris boatbuilders

An interesting list of boatbuilders on Harris over the years.

William McBryde (Yacht Desiger)


A & R Way (Traditional Wooden Boat Builders)

5 Creag Ghlas, Cairnban, Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland.

Alasdair Grant (Traditional and Modern Wooden Boat Builder)

3A isle of Ewe, Aultbea, Ross-Shire.

Alexander Noble, The Boatyard, Girvan.

Between 1946 and 1992 Noble built in the region of 90 wooden vessels for the fishing industry. They now build in steel. They are one of only three yards in the UK entrusted with planned maintenance of the RNLI’s lifeboat fleet.

Arbroath Boatbuilders Timeline


East Neuk Boatbuilders.


Forbes of Sandhaven (Traditional Boatbuilders)


G L Watson (First Naval Architect in the World)

In 1873 Glasgow born George Lennox Watson established the first boat design office in the world in his home city. They have since designed many fine vessels for the elite of the world including the British and German royal families. They have also provided the RNLI with advanced lifeboat designs. In 1886 Watson introduced to the world the new concept of one design class boats which has played a major role in the development of yacht racing.

Grimsay Boatshed (Traditional Wooden Boatbuilder)

Ronald J MacLean, Sepherd’s Point, Kallin, Grimsay, N Uist, Western Isles, Scotland.

Iain Oughtred (World Famous Designer of Traditional Wooden Craft Including the St Ayles Skiff)

Struan Cottage, Bearnisdale, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Ian Richardson (Traditional Wooden Boatbuilder)

Daisy Bank, Hillside Road, Stromness, Orkney, Scotland.

Isle Ewe Boats

Alasdair Grant builds traditional wooden boats at Isle Ewe, Ross-Shire, Scotland.

J W Miller & Sons (Boat Builders)

Known universally as “Millers of Fife” they were established in 1747 and quickly gained a reputation for building superb wooden fishing vessels. They also built other commercial craft and renowned motor-sailers and yachts.

John L Ferguson (Traditional Clinker Boat Builder)

Lynton, Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

John M Macaulay (Traditional Hebridean Wooden Boatbuilder)

Builder of the traditional Birlinn. Flodabay, Isle of Harris, Scotland.


McIntosh Boat & Shipbuilders of Portessie & Ianstown Buckie Scotland.

WR McIntosh & Sons, Traditional boat builders (1830-1918). Website.

MYLNE, Alfred (1872-1951) Yacht Designer

Glasgow born Myne was one of a number of Scottish yacht designers who rose to world eminence during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 1906 he was one of the originators of the international Meter Rule, the most successful yacht handicap rules of all time.


Peggy Bawn Press

Publishers of  Martin Black’s G L Watson- The Art and Science of Yacht Design.

REEKIE, Walter of St Monance. (Boat Builder)

Builder of fine traditional Scottish wooden fishing boats and ocean-going motor-sailers.

Sandeman Yacht Company (Classic Yachts Including Scottish)

Sandemans is a prestigious yacht brokerage which often has classic Scottish built boats for sale.

Search The Registers (National Register of Historic Vessels (NRHV)

A register of British historic vessels including many of Scottish origin.

SYMINGTON, William (1764-1831) First practical steamboat – “Charlotte Dundas”

Born Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was an engineer and inventor who designed and built advanced steam engines. In January 1803 he demonstrated the vessel Charlotte Dundas, the world’s first practical steamboat.

Traditional Boatbuilding Leverburgh Harris

An article on traditional boatbuilding by John MacAulay, builder of Hebridean Birlinns.

Viking Boats of Ullapool (Traditional Wooden Boat Builder)

Burnside, Strathkinaird, Ullapool, Scotland.

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