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The boatyard is situated on the Argyll coast near the Western end of the Crinan Canal – about 7 miles north of Lochgilphead and 35 miles south of Oban by road.  It is a convenient and well equipped stopping point for cruising boats.  The yard also provides services and facilities for the commercial, government and leisure markets.


There is a chandlery providing an extensive range of spares, safety equipment, clothing and much more.  Visit our Winter Offers page for special deals.

Diesel fuel, LP gas, water, showers and laundry facilities are available at the yard.

The capacity of the slips is 8′ – 12′ draft, and there is an independent hydraulic cradle for vessels up to 45 feet.

A large modern shed allows work to be carried out under cover throughout the year. Our skilled craftsmen can be relied upon to resolve nearly any marine problem.

We are approved installers for Beta Marine engines.

Winter storage and summer moorings are also available.

General Engineering – Skipness Engineering is the general engineering arm of Crinan Boatyard.

NEWS – January 2022

Work has been continuing on the restoration of the steam puffer VIC27.  Visit the VIC 27 website for the latest news:  https://vic27.co.uk/


(Previous COVID-19 Updates can be seen here: https://crinanboatyard.co.uk/covid-19-updates/)

NEWS – December 2016


A promotional video film for the Crinan Boatyard by ARGYLLUAVs Ltd can be seen if you click here.

The video shows the Crinan Boatyard and the surrounding area from the air on a sunny autumn day.




NEWS – November 2016


Classic Yacht – Greylag – NOW SOLD


Built in 1962 by Alexander Robertson & Son, Greylag was designed by David Boyd for Colonel W H Whitbread, as a yacht he could sail short-handed when not aboard Lone Fox.

Her design provenance is unquestionable, Boyd having designed two British challengers for the America’s Cup.

Greylag retains her striking “Whitbread Green” topsides.

more details about Greylag here


NEWS – October 2016

Here are some pictures of the original propeller from VIC27 Auld Reekie with the sign which was kindly made for us by Forbes & Co. of Dundee and donated by Alf Beattie.

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August 2016

To mark the completion of restoration work on the VIC27’s Engine Room, we are holding a fund raising Open Day at Crinan Boatyard on Saturday, 6 August from 12.00 noon (please note revised start time).

Entry fee £5.00, children free.

This is an opportunity for people interested in things maritime to look over the VIC27 and the rest of the boatyard, and enjoy a BBQ and music by The McAllister Brothers.

Bruichladdich Distillery have carried out a special cask bottling of Bruichladdich whisky which has been donated by one of the puffer’s benefactors to mark the occasion.  This is the VIC27: Auld Reekie Restoration Series Engine Room bottling.

There will be 2 Exclusive Bruichladdich range tastings which will include the special VIC27 ‘Engine Room’ bottling for 20 people only.  Entry by ticket only – £20 – participants by prior arrangement or in advance on the day if spaces are still available – please contact Crinan Boatyard via the contact form on this page or ring 01546 830232.

The first tasting will be at  2 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m.  (this tasting will take place on the puffer itself so access is limited to the able bodied only, although every assistance will be given).

There will be a raffle for one of these  ‘chust sublime’ bottles worth over £200.00 and others are also available!


Also available during the day will be a donation dram & gin & tonic bar.

Entertainment for all the family during the Open Day will include –

  • tours of the VIC27
  • BBQ & live music
  • lemon bobbing in bucket of water
  • guess how many bits of coal in the wheelbarrow
  • bottle stall
  • auction of signed ‘Engine Room’ bottle number one @ 3pm and more signed bottles will be available
  • raffle for items such as a bottle of whisky or botanist or meal voucher for example.

The restoration of the puffer is an on-going labour of love, and we greatly appreciate all the support given to us so far. In order to commemorate the first Crinan Boatyard VIC27 Open Day, those who make a donation of over £200 will receive a bottle of the Bruichladdich VIC27: Auld Reekie Restoration Series Engine Room bottling.

All proceeds of the day go towards the on-going restoration of the VIC27.

Keep an eye on this web page  for further information about the Open Day.

Some photos and news about the Open Day

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Stoking the boilers – the day begins with bacon rolls outside the Bunkhouse

Sam_3718Some Islay men examine the whisky. Bruichladdich Distillery’s Joanne keeps a watchful eye over them, ensuring the inspection doesn’t extend to tasting! ‪#‎thewhiskyinspectors‬ Huge thanks to Bruichladdich for all their support.
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WP_20160806_15_20_25_ProCalculating the number of lumps of coal (above), smiling faces after the auction (above right) and a chance to explore some of the boatyard’s equipment for young and less young alike.


The Whisky Tasting

A varied selection of “chust sublime” whiskies from Bruichladdich was on offer.   Joanne presiding with Duncan offering an insight.  What a great way to make use of the hold of VIC27 as a venue for the tasting.

scammel dinnerCelebrating the end of the day – dinner for those who had helped to make the day such a success. 
bottlesWe would like to thank you for all your donations on a very successful day. However as you can see from the photograph there are still some Islay men standing so don’t stop now! Please telephone Crinan Boatyard 01546 830 232 or email john@crinanboatyard.co.uk

December 2015

“Air an Smuid” is a 3 part documentary about the restoration of the Puffer VIC27 which will be broadcast on BBC Alba at 8.30 p.m. on the 29th, 30th and 31st of December 2015.

In “Air an Smuid”, a team of puffer enthusiasts battle to save VIC 27 – a 66 year old vessel – from the scrap heap. On her rusty, leaky bow she bears the name Vital Spark – a throwback to her glory days as star of the BBC’s 1994 series of “The Tales of Para Handy”. The restoration so far has been followed throughout by Caledonia TV for BBC ALBA and the three part series will be broadcast on 29, 30 and 31 of December at 8.30 pm.

See the Auld Reekie Facebook page for more details – www.facebook.com/VIC27puffer/

Crinan Boatyard

Approaches to Crinan – promotional video for the Crinan Boatyard