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BOAT BUILDING Twin City Liner built by Wight Shipyard for the river Danube BOAT BUILDING IN COWES All aspects of boat building are available around the River Medina B oat building has been part of Cowes since at least 1696 when Joseph Nye started shipbuilding in East Cowes. Nye’s yard was bought by omas White in 1803, before expanding and later building the etis Yard in Cowes, including a dry dock capable of taking ships up to 800 tons. is became J Samuel White, the most famous of all the Cowes shipyards, building yachts, warships, paddle steamers and lifeboats. At its height the firm employed 5000 men in buildings covering 12 acres. Boat building is still a major part of Cowes life today Wight Shipyard Company is the largest yard, based in East Cowes in the Columbine Building with its Union Jack doors, specialising in fast ferries and aluminum vessels. Ferry owners and operators now have the most progressive solutions and highest quality skills available to them in a British yard with a team of handpicked craspeople. e Wight Shipyard Company started life in 2010, the firm was born out of a unique three-year, one million man-hour project to restore the magnificent motor yacht Shemara, launched in 1938, to her former glory. Since then the £16 million turnover business has grown exponentially, rebranding two years ago as Wight Shipyard Company. Recent commissions include an order from Mexico’s largest ferry operator – Ultramar operates a fleet of ferries between Cancún, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel ports in the Quintana Roo Peninsula and the new vessels built by Wight Shipyard will each COWES 2019 – 2020 provide accommodation for 459 passengers over three decks. A multi-million pound order from Austria for a 250-passenger Twin City Liner, a 39m high-speed cra for passenger services between Vienna and Bratislava. Delivery to MBNA ames Clippers of three 35m low-wash river catamarans on the River ames from Putney in the west to Royal Woolwich Arsenal in the east. Jacobite Maverick built for Loch Ness accommodates 200 passengers with seating finished in the company’s own tartan. Visitors to Cowes will already know about Red Jet 6 and 7, the most eco-friendly vessels in Red Funnel’s fleet. e Red Jets are configured to carry 275 passengers. Recently Wight Shipyard have signed their largest export order for four vessels to Malta. Aluminium Marine Consultants work closely with Wight Shipyard building aluminium work boats. AMC is one of the UK’s leading aluminium boat builders specialising in windfarm support vessels. AMC specialise in aluminium work boats 69