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Celebrating a legend in yacht building: Allan Nye Scott
July 30th, 2012 @ 10:37 AM EST by admin

Al Scott on May 1, 2012 with friends and a boat he built. Click to enlarge.

Allan Nye Scott passed away recently at the age of 87. He was one of the great men of Canadian boatbuilding and perhaps one of the National’s most famous members. He was also a charming person who was constantly offering his knowledge and his skill to his fellow sailors.

Allan was a member of the NYC for about 50 years where he owned Diana, the famous R-boat that is now back at the NYC. He ran the J. J. Taylor boatyard through the 1960s and 1970s. While there, he successfully converted production from wood to fibreglass using Contessa 26 molds that he imported from England. J.J. Taylor eventually made more than 300 Contessas, many of which have crossed the oceans and circumnavigated the world.

Allan later founded Nye Yachts, a noted builder of Alberg 22s and 29s. Retirement didn’t slow him down. In his 70s, he built Diana of Hastings, a fibreglass copy of an R-boat that now sits at the NYC. When the boat became too much for him to handle — he was 87 after all — he sold the boat and bought himself an Alberg 29 that he had built himself 40 years before.

Please see a full obituary detailing this extraordinary life from
the Belleville Intelligencer.

Oliver Bertin