Company History

For over 35 years, S C McAllister & Co Ltd has been at the forefront of fishing boat and work boat design in the UK.

In 1978 Stewart Campbell McAllister (naval architect) founded the company when he left G L Watson of Glasgow to return to his native Campbeltown. Stewart's early designs were for wooden boats built at: Jones of Buckie, Thompsons of Buckie, Gerrards of Arboath, Forbes of Sandhaven and various Irish yards.

In 1986 the company moved on to design both fishing boats and work boats in steel, beginning with several highly successful vessels built by McCrindle of Ardrossan, including "Steadfast III", "Renown", "Rymaralee" and the 87ft "Spes Melior V". At the same time, Jones of Buckie launched the "Faithful" (now Ryanwood FR307), followed by the ground-breaking "Crystal River" (now Aquarius BF89), followed by "Paragon V" (now Starlight PD786) and then "Copious" (now Ocean Way LK207), all to S C McAllister & Co Ltd designs.

Alongside the company's core commercial fishing vessel work, we have also established a reputation for designing fish farm work boats for the West Coast of Scotland. This is continued to the present day, as demonstrated by the recent launch of Havilah.

Since 1994 the company has been run by Ian Paton and Stewart's son, David McAllister, who have continued the company's tradition of designing steel fishing boats and work boats, from 9 to 33 metres at a range of yards:

  • Ailsa Troon, Troon
  • Jones Buckie Shipyard, Buckie
  • Campbeltown Shipyard, Campbeltown
  • Carmichael Marine Engineering, Campbeltown
  • Coastal Marine, Eyemouth
  • Parkol Marine Engineering, Whitby
  • Tees Inshore Engineering, Middlesbrough
  • C Toms and Son, Polruan
  • Steel-Kit (UK), Aberystwyth
  • David Abels Boat Builders, Bristol
  • Riverside Fabrications, Falmouth
  • Philips Shipyard, Dartmouth
  • Farocean, Capetown, South Africa
  • J & G Forbes, Sandhaven
  • Harper Engineering, Oban
  • Pastow Boatyard, Padstow
  • Arklow Marine, Arklow
  • Mooney Boats, Killybegs
  • MMS Ship Repair, Hull
  • Newbury Engineering, Newhaven

In addition to UK work, boats have been designed for clients in: Jordan, Southern Ireland, South Africa and South America.

The Team

Ian Paton
Ian, who graduated from Strathclyde University with a BSc(Hons) in naval architecture in 1982, gained his initial drawing office experience at Ailsa Troon and Yarrows before becoming a graduate apprentice at Vickers Barrow. At Vickers he went on to become involved in the design and construction of nuclear submarines for the MOD. After 4 years at Vickers, Ian moved to Liverpool where he worked for the T.R. Little and Co marine consultancy, where he principally undertook damage surveys and stability work on ships. From there, he continued in marine consultancy, accepting a position with Ferryman, Fyans and Hudson in London, where he was employed as an expert witness in maritime casualty disputes.

In 1989 returned to Scotland to specialise in fishing boat design at Campbeltown Shipyard at a time when the yard was producing vessels such as "Maranatha" and "Budding Rose". After 5 years with the yard, he left to join S C McAllister & Co Ltd in 1994.

These days, Ian is responsible for design work and the preparation of specifications for both new builds and refits.

In 2010 Ian became a director of Parkol Marine Engineering Ltd, a client with whom Ian has worked since 1996.

David McAllister
Following in his father's footsteps, David joined the family business in 1982.

David trained in-house, specialising in stability work and marine surveys. Today, David continues in this vein, applying his extensive practical experience to a wide variety of stability consultancy work and surveys. His work includes insurance, valuation and purchase surveys on behalf of owners and institutional lenders, in respect of both commercial fishing boats and yachts.

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