The school is a leading provider of education and research into marine science and technology. Continuing professional development and introductory courses in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering are available. Extensive research facilities for investigations into ships and their equipment, a model towing tank, propeller cavitation tunnel, wind wave and current tank and engine laboratory. Examples of work include testing the performance of historic shop models and testing of historic propellers. The School has an extensive library on all marine topics, with a dedicated librarian.
Ian Nicolson was apprenticed to the traditional designer, Fred Parker and was one of the team involved in the first post-war rebuild of large Fife schooner ALTAIR. He did his journeymanship at John I Thornycroft's and later worked with Thornton Grenfell, who is widely considered Canada's (and indeed North America's) finest designer of traditional wooden fast motorboats and power cruisers. After working for Alan Buchanan on wooden yacht designs, Ian Nicolson was the naval architect for 'Yachts and Yachting' magazine and then became a full partner in A Mylne & Co, the design firm set up in 1896
Full service boatyard with 'in house' facilities specialising in maintenance, refit and repair to high standards on wooden and GRP craft. Engineering and rigging services. Pontoon berthing and moorings. Lay-up facilities. Chandlery & brokerage. All in a beautiful natural setting!