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Remembering George Hulley

Published on: 12 December 2019

George Hulley

British Marine was saddened to learn of the recent death of ex-British Marine President and retired Board Member, George Hulley, last week.

George Hulley, who passed away on 6 December, began work as an apprentice boatbuilder at the age of 16 and after a spell building air-sea rescue craft in the RAF. He rose to prominence as a boatbuilder in the 1960’s, becoming the manager of Helensburgh based Arden Yachts, the creator of the renowned Arden 4 Class of 24ft, two ton long-keeled cruising yacht.

The novel GRP hulls were built in Grimsby and meticulously fitted out in wood in Arden Yachts’ East King Street yard in Helensburgh. During this time, George joined the Scottish Boatbuilders Association and rose to Chairman. In his day job, he moved to Dumbarton to manage McAlisters Boatyard, however his busy involvement in trade associations further blossomed when he became a Board Member of British Marine Federation (now known as British Marine) and in due course he was elected to the office of President, where he served from 1986 to 1987. George was uniquely voted in for a second term, often being recalled to London on occasions when his presence at the Association’s head office was essential.

In later years, when new owners took over the yard, now Sandpoint Marina, George ran the incumbent chandlery shop and was an active board member of British Marine Scotland until he retired in 2017. During his regular attendance at quarterly board meetings, George’s depth of experience came to be much appreciated and relied on by a new generation of marine trade personnel.

British Marine sends its sincerest condolences to George’s family and friends at this sad time.