The Scottish Fisheries Museum’s Boatyard, formerly the Smith and Hutton Boatyard, is part of the Museum buildings located at St Ayles. Some years ago the Museum developed a part of these sheds to house most of its collection of full-size fishing vessels.
The old Smith and Hutton Boatyard
Part of the boatyard is still operational, undertaking restoration and maintenance on the Museum’s collection with the precious help of the volunteers.
A development plan for the boatyard will enable it to undertake works on private boats such as building, restorations and maintenance to a museum standard.
The Scottish Fisheries Museum Boatyard
This means that all the work, staring from the survey of the vessel to the completation of the paint work, will be executed with attention to detail. The conservation principles endorsed by National Historic Ships are followed during the restoration process. It enables the boatyard to ensure the right approach to the fabric of the vessel at all stages.
The boatyard can undertake work on wooden fishing boats, yachts and other types of vessel up to 11 mt/ 36ft. We have machines to process the timber and space for the storage of boat parts and equipment.