Ian B Richardson - High Quality Traditionally Built Wooden Boats

Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it normally take to build a boat?
This depends on many factors – the size and complexity of the design, fittings, special requirements etc. And this will be arrived at as we discuss your needs. Of course we may have a project in progress and we will of course give you an honest answer based on time needed to complete this as well as your own project.

Will I get a set of drawings of my finished boat?
This is not normally how we work. The traditional approach is to draw up frames etc. on the floor of the workshop and work from those. However, it may be possible to have a set of drawings prepared if this is important to you.

How do I know these traditional designs will stand my local wind conditions?
Scottish traditional boat designs and Orkney designs in particular have been proved in some of the toughest sailing conditions around. The North of Scotland has its share of rough weather conditions. Good sailors soon get a feel for these seamanlike vessels and you will quickly learn what the capabilities of your boat are.

How much will it cost?
Again there are many factors to take into account. However we always quote a figure after preliminary discussion with you. We will honour initial quotes provided the specification remains the same throughout. Of course it sometimes happens that a customer wants a change or an addition as the project develops – we can often accommodate such changes but of course there may be cost implications (again we can generally give a quote before the work is started).

If you have any questions which are not addressed here, please feel free to drop us an email through our contact form.
Ian B Richardson Boatbuilder,
Cairston Rd, Stromness, Orkney, Scotland
Tel: +44(0)1856 850321

Email: ianbrichardson@yahoo.co.uk
A Member of the Wooden Boatbuilders Trade Association