Partners

The partners have considerable management experience in the operation of large yacht yards and with this background they bring a breadth of practical experience to add to their technical assessment of design and construction problems. They are also committed sailors.

Dennis Davidson

Dennis Davidson BSc Hons, CEng, MRINA (Helensburgh)

Joined McGruers Ltd in 1970 as a Designer and later Technical Director, dealing with the design and construction of cold moulded racing yachts and traditional sailing/motor yachts. Also oversaw project management of fast pilot launches and survey craft built in grp, steel and timber. Since joining Murray Cormack Associates in 1991, design work on pilot boats, specialised harbour craft and small ferries has continued. Major refits of motor and sailing yachts, and specialist technical and structural investigations, are also regularly undertaken.

Jim Abernethy

Jim Abernethy BSc, CEng, MIMarEST (Langbank)

Graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1978, specialising in NDT and Offshore Technology. Spent six years with MG Yachts as Production Manager, building performance and racing yachts in state-of-the-art frp materials. Marine surveyor with E K Wallace from 1984, dealing with yachts, fishing vessels and smaller commercial craft. Joined Murray Cormack Associates in 1998. Has worked on yachts and sailed all his life, initially on the 1887 gaff cutter Beroe and later on offshore cruising and racing yachts. His sailing experience ranges from dinghy sailing to ocean delivery trips and competing at international regattas.

Maitland Murray

Maitland Murray – Consultant

Maitland Murray was an apprentice naval architect at Denny Ship Model Test Tank, later worked in London under Colin Mudie RDI FRINA. He was employed by the large, well-established Scottish yard of Morris & Lorimer Ltd for 8 years as manager and designer, designing and building a wide variety of yachts both power and sail, in timber and GRP including the 7.6m grp Cowal class cruising yacht for production line manufacture.

He established the Murray, Cormack Associates design consultancy in 1972 specialising in fast semi-displacement hull designs in a range of vessels from 12–20m and of GRP construction including pilot boats, patrol boats and service launches, examples of which are in operation around the world. Having spent many years around the classic Fife yachts, his survey skills are always in demand for vessels of all sizes and types in the UK and in Europe. He has acted as an expert witness in courts in Scotland, England, Bermuda and USA. As a lifelong sailor and yacht owner for many years, he has relevant sailing experience.

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