“ Mevagh Boatyard is situated in the sheltered bay of Mevagh which is easily accessible and ideally located for all types of vessels along the coast. ”Contact us
Mevagh boatyard has been extremely busy over the last six months with some major refits and extensive repairs carried out on both a number of fishing and passenger vessels.
Mevagh Boatyard first opened in 1908 and was a very successful boatyard, building over 70 boats and carrying out numerous repairs. Due to the lack of new builds and rising costs, the yard closed its doors in 1980. Cornelius Bonner from Arranmore island took over the premises. He used the yard’s facilities to maintain and repair his vessels which operated the ferry service to and from Arranmore Island. Mevagh boatyard and the Arranmore ferry service was taken over by Dominic Sweeney two and a half years ago, Dominic has worked on the Arranmore ferry over the last twenty years and in Mevagh boatyard on and off over that same period.
Mevagh boatyard has the facilities for completing boat haul out, high pressure washing, painting from top of mast to keel, replacing/fitting anodes, steel fabrication, welding, precision engineering, engine refit/repair as well as fibreglass repairs. In order to compete and expand the work carried out at the yard, the company built and installed a new cradle last year which is capable of lifting 300 tonnes plus and as a result has increased the size of vessels which the yard can now handle. Vessels just completed at the yard include the MV Canna, from the Ratlin Island ferry service and the vessel MV Rathlin Express. Works carried out on the Canna included a complete removal and overhaul of its engines and replacement of the main door on the ferry. Numerous works were also carried out on the 96 passenger Rathlin Express including replacing its shafts.( And a 32 metre mussel dredger is currently in the yard to get maintenance work done.)
Mevagh Boatyard is also carrying out the completion work on a new build 15metre aluminium catamaran capable of carrying 96 passengers, this is an extensive job but well within the boatyard’s capabilities. Other projects in the pipeline at the boatyard include the acquisition of a number of hulls and finishing them, guaranteeing work for its staff and possibility creating further employment for the area. Mevagh boat yard employs 8 workers at present, several of which are from Arranmore Island who also work seasonally on the Island’s ferry service.