Wooden boat building has a long standing tradition on the River Tay, from the Mesolithic times 485 AD travel by boat was easier in the heavily wooded landscape. From Medieval times ship and boat building was important to Perthshire with yards on the Tay and south of Perth. With the growth of fibreglass boats during the last 50 years traditional wooden boat building is now a dying art.
Last month we met up with John Ferguson of Stanley, a Tay boat builder since 1956 one of only half a dozen specialist wooden boat builders left in Scotland. His boats are made from locally sourced Larch and Oak trees which he chooses from woods approx 6 to 7 miles from his workshop. Once the tree has been felled, stripped and cut from start to finish it takes around five weeks to build the traditional 16 foot Tay Cobble. He also builds smaller boats at 14 feet which are used on the River’s Tyne and Spey.
John currently has a 16 foot boat for sale which is ideal for loch fishing. It has a deep keel perfect for slowing the boat during drifts. The boat comfortably seats four anglers to fish and is priced in the region of £8k. Please contact John Ferguson for more information on 01738 626696 or mobile 07759 547324