Tuesday, 24 March 2020



Following on from last night’s announcement by the Government, we have taken the decision to close the workshop, slip and boatyard. This now means that the whole of the yacht centre is closed for the protection of our staff, customers and the local community.

There will be a small team on site to ensure the safety of boats, both ashore and afloat, and to keep an eye on everything. Please be assured that your boat remains safe in our care.

During office hours we can be contacted by phone on 01852 500247 or by email office@ardfernyacht.co.uk

We thank all of our loyal customers for your continued support through these challenging times and look forward to welcoming you back to Ardfern once the restrictions are lifted.

Andrew and Joanna Ashton and all the team at Ardfern.

Monday, 23 March 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE 23-03-2020



Following today’s Scottish Government advice regarding the closure of all non-essential retail outlets, the chandlery and office at Ardfern is now closed to customers.

Although the doors to the shop and office will be locked, office staff can be contacted for any customer enquiries and essential gas sales on 01852 500247 during normal office hours.

We also urge customers to follow the Government advice regarding staying in your primary residence and not making unnecessary journeys at this terrible time for the country.

We look forward to seeing you all once these restrictions are lifted and we wish you all well through this challenging time.

Andrew and Joanna Ashton and all the team at Ardfern.

Thursday, 19 March 2020



Stepping masts
A lovely spring day at Ardfern today

Currently it is business as usual at Ardfern Yacht Centre and we look forward to welcoming all of our customers back to their boats with us this spring - but obviously it is high on all of our minds the way the new coronavirus is spreading across the UK.

We are complying with all Government guidelines issued to the public and to businesses and we have already implemented a stricter cleaning regime at Ardfern – particularly focusing on the facilities block and chandlery areas to ensure staff and customer safety, as best as we possibly can.

We will keep monitoring these guidelines and the daily changing situation and will of course implement what ever else we are asked to do in order to protect all who work or visit Ardfern during this ever-changing and challenging period.

At the time of writing there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in the Argyll area and we politely ask that if you are feeling unwell please postpone your visit to the area until you are feeling better or have self isolated for up to 14 days as per Government guidelines.

If you are unable to visit us but require something from the chandlery or have further work to be done on your boat as spring approaches please do not hesitate to email or phone us and the chandlery or workshop teams will be happy to help you.

For those who are planning an imminent visit to Ardfern we would like to remind you that Ardfern Village Store has a comprehensive range of grocery items available and deliveries can be made directly to boats if pre-arranged with shop owner Rebecca Dalton who can be contacted at rdalton@email.com or by phoning 01852 500298.

In addition the new cafĂ©/bistro ‘Lucy’s’ is now open in the village and is now offering a take-a-way menu including food throughout the day and on a Friday and Saturday evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Take-a-way coffees are also available and ready meals can be pre-ordered all ready to go in your boat fridge from Lucy Gladstone on 01852 500781.

For more regular updates on Ardfern news please follow our facebook and instagram pages.

We thank all of our loyal customers for their continued support during this challenging time and hope you can get out onto the water away from it all, to enjoy your boats and all the beautiful West Coast has to offer, as soon as possible.

Andrew & Joanna Ashton and all of the team at Ardfern.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Cable laying in Sound of Jura

Jura Power Cable

A Notice to Mariners has been issued with regards to a cable laying operation in the northern part of the Sound Of Jura.

The operations to replace the power cable from Carsaig on the mainland and Lealt Bay on Jura will take place during an appropriate weather window following the 17th January, and are expected to take seven days.

Carsaig to Lealt
Route of the Jura Power Cable, showing extent of working area.

Work Description

Cable installation will be completed by M/V Elektron, assisted by the dive support vessel Forth Warrior and support craft Celtic Trader, Celtic Voyager, Celtic Nomad and Celtic Guardian.   Cable Laying operations will be conducted on a 24 hour basis.

Other vessels should maintain an appropriate safe distance of 500m when passing the vessels whilst operational, and should pass at the lowest possible speed to avoid vessel wash effects.   Vessels will be working throughout 24 hours and will display appropriate day shapes and lights during reduced visibility and night operations.

Cable Layer
Cable laying vessel M/V Elektron

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Christmas Newsletter 2019

CHRISTMAS BANNERChristmas Newsletter 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we would like to extend our best wishes for the holiday season and pass on our thanks for your continued custom over the past year and into the new season.

In the Marina and Chandlery Office, Lyn Murray and Neil Donaldson have been a welcome addition to the staff and we now have a settled team in place ready to welcome you to Ardfern Yacht Centre next year. We are busy completing the refurbishment of the Marina Office and look forward to showing you the new look in 2020.

It has also been a busy year for the Workshop & Boatyard. In managing one of the few remaining full- service yards still operating in Scotland, Bob and James have been working tirelessly to ensure that their full schedule of jobs is completed in time for the start of the season. To help with the workload, we have brought in Shaun Doy as a trainee engineer, while Richard Coley has joined the team as a yard hand and Ian Burton is a new addition to the rigging team. A fond farewell – John MacInnes finally lived up to his threat/promise and retired, although he hasn’t exactly embraced the pipe & baffies lifestyle and makes a welcome reappearance at Ardfern in between his many retirement jobs!

Perfect Painted Finish
Freshly painted Sparkman & Stephens
The highlights of the workshop’s year saw a stunning finish achieved on the topsides paint of a Sparkman & Stephens sailing yacht along with an equally impressive finish to the topsides of an X-42 yacht (vinyl wrapping rather than painting). The engineers oversaw an exercise in logistics to replace the batteries in a Dutch motor sailer (where each of the dozen batteries weighed over 100kg and there was no direct access to the battery compartment) and fitted a new Perkins engine to a Swan 49. Meanwhile the riggers were as industrious as ever, replacing running and standing rigging on various vessels from a MacGregor 26 to a Rustler 42. The boatbuilding, rigging, engineering and yard teams have all earned their two-week break over the festive period.

We extend a warm welcome to all new boats and owners that have arrived at Ardfern this year, and we hope that you have many happy seasons with us. We also wish happy sailing to the many visiting boats we saw this year, with an open invitation to come back for a visit in the future.

YOCW 2020
Next year we are looking forward to celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, as well as supporting West Coast Waters year-long series of events.

We will be hosting an open day at Ardfern Yacht Centre on Easter Saturday 11th April where you can drop in for technical advice from marine specialists and suppliers, meet the staff and, of course, pick up those must-have items from our chandlery.

We are looking forward to helping celebrate the Clyde Cruising Club’s 110th anniversary and hope to make as much of a success of it as the fondly remembered centenary celebrations hosted at Ardfern Yacht Centre in 2010. Along with the many CCC events planned, we will continue to actively support west
coast racing regattas and events.

Following the great success of the ‘Pop-Up’ Restaurants run by Lucy Gladstone at the yacht centre this summer, visitors to Ardfern will be looking forward to Lucy’s new venture as she opens the doors on the newly rebuilt and soon to be renamed Crafty Kitchen. More news on this will be published in January.

Despite our best intentions to have the new toilet & shower facilities built this winter, some unavoidable delays left us unable to guarantee that the project would be completed for the new season. So, regrettably, we have had to postpone the building of the new toilet/shower and laundry block until next year. We now propose to start the building work in September 2020 and have the new building open in time for the
2021 season.

We will be revamping our website and developing our social media presence early next year – which will ensure you can keep up to date with news of all that’s happening at Ardfern Yacht Centre.

Merry Christmas and very best wishes for the New Year, 
from Fraser and all the team at Ardfern Yacht Centre

Loch Craignish in December
Boats tucked away for winter at Ardfern Yacht Centre

Wednesday, 3 July 2019


Chandlery Administrator/Retail Assistant Required

Full Time or Part Time Considered

(Competitive salary depending on qualifications and experience)

We require an administrator/retail assistant to join our busy marina, boatyard and chandlery office near Lochgilphead in Mid Argyll.

The ideal candidate will have strong organisational skills, be numerically capable and computer literate with an eye for detail, as well as having excellent oral and written communication skills.

Reporting to the managing director and marina manager, this varied and ‘customer facing’ role will see the right candidate serving customers at the till, dealing with deliveries, booking in stock, answering phones, stocktaking, carrying out pontoon and mooring checks and recording electric meter readings, among other key office tasks.

Experience in retail or an interest in boating/water sports along with familiarity of Microsoft Office packages would be an advantage.

Some weekend working will be required for the role on a rota system.

Please apply in writing for an application form and full job description to Andrew Ashton, Managing Director, Ardfern Yacht Centre Ltd, Ardfern, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8QN, or via email to andrew@ardfernyacht.co.uk before the closing date of Monday 22nd July. Interviews will be held at Ardfern w/c 5th August.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Now Delivering to Oban Marina

Chandlery Deliveries to Oban Marina

Oban Chandlery
Robin King of Oban Marina and Andrew Ashton of Ardfern Yacht Centre

We are pleased to be able to offer customers of Oban Marina access to our large range of chandlery stock when required. At just £3 per order delivery charge, we can get items up to the North Pier in Oban by 6pm from Monday to Friday, if orders are placed by 4pm. Thanks to Robin, Sam and the team at Oban Marina & Yacht Services for helping us to provide this service.