Stirling & Son Ltd.

Stirling & Son are traditional boatbuilders based in Plymouth who offer all aspects of design, construction, repair and restoration of wooden vessels. 

In July 2013, they were awarded £150,000 funding (via the Plymouth University and Western Morning News Growth Fund) to reinstate the infrastructure on their No.1 Covered Slipway in South Yard, Devonport, Plymouth. 

Built in 1763, the slip was 250 years old in 2013.  Its roof was added in 1814. The slipway is 173' long and can accommodate vessels of up to 14' draught. The undercover air draft is 75'.

The funding has covered laying new rails on the slip, building two adjustable cradles, the installation of a winch and work on the roof in order to make the workshop watertight.

Slipping Facilities

The large winch is capable of recovering fully rigged boats of up to 200 tons on two slipways undercover.  The slipping rate is £6.25 (excl. VAT) per foot of lengh, which includes hauling out and returning to the water. There is no slipway storage charge whilst work is being done.

The yard rate is £29 (excl. VAT) per hour for shipwright work and rigging and £35 (excl. VAT) per hour for electricians work and engineering.


News: May 2015

Foreign students welcomed at Stirling and Son

Stirling and Son are now a certified work placement company for Dutch students.  This is the 5th year that Stirling and Son have been taking foreign students on two month summer placements.  So far students have come from France, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Holland. 

Currently Dutch student, Joost (pictured), is on work placement for two months from his boatbuilding college in Amsterdam and he is already proving to be an asset to the fourteen strong team, in the historic No.1 Covered Slip in Devonport.  

Next month, first year engineering student Sebastien is coming over from Nantes, France.  It’s a great way for these students to experience the working environment of a busy traditional boatbuilding and repair yard whilst also improving their English language skills.  They are always enthusiastic and keen to learn from the experienced shipwrights that they are working alongside.

Source: Stirling and Son, May 2015

Traditional Boatbuilding Apprentice

On 2 September 2013 Stirling & Son took on their first apprentice, 23 year old Leo Avramidis. He is undertaking a 3 year apprenticeship in Traditional Boatbuilding part-funded by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and doing day release through Cornwall College.

Already Leo is showing great potential in both his practical and academic skills achieving the 'best ever result' in his first assessments.

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