Ian Richardson has worked in boatbuilding for virtually all of his
working life starting with a 4 year apprenticeship with the James
Anderson Boatyard in Stromness. Prior to starting his own business
Ian worked at:- James MacGiver – Yachtbuilders and Clynder Lloyds
Register of Shipping Yacht dept in Southampton. Since starting his
own yard in 1975, Ian has built up a mass of experience in the design
and construction of boats of all sizes from traditionally built wooden
dinghies to fishing boats and yachts. The company can handle builds
up to 40 feet in length in Carvel or Clinker construction.
In addition the company has been involved in many projects fitting
out boats of more modern construction e.g. steel and GRP built fishing
boats. The company has also gained a broad experience of repair work
on boats of all types. Over the years Ian has crafted leisure boats
to many customers’ requirements including celebrities like Andrew
Lloyd Webber. He has also produced many working boats – a good
example is a pair of work boats for the Commissioners of Irish Lights
(copper rivetted, clinker built boats are considered superior to GRP
hulls in the demanding conditions faced by these lighthouse tenders).
Other more unusual commissions include a Viking Long Boat for a film
In recent times Ian has become a specialist in the construction of
the double-ended, clinker built sailing boat known as the Orkney Yole.
This type almost died out altogether until a group of enthusiasts
formed the Orkney Yole Association. Ian has now built several examples
of this delightful and lively traditional sailing boat and actively
supports the Association. Thanks to these efforts the waters around
Stromness are often graced by the distinctive shapes of these pretty
little sailing craft in the long northern summer evenings.