Robert Allan Ltd. is an independent, privately-owned firm of consulting Naval Architects, established in Vancouver, B.C. The business was founded in 1928 when Robert Allan commenced private practice as a consulting Naval Architect after working as the Technical Superintendent of a local major shipyard. He was responsible for numerous enduring designs produced for the growing British Columbia fishing fleet and for coastal and inland ferry services, coastal patrol vessels, among others. The firm's reputation was also enhanced by the design of such notable ocean-going motor yachts as Meander and Fifer.

The firm, still in operation, is now owned by the employees after ownership by three generations of Robert Allan, and is now one of the most prominently recognized commercial vessel designers in the world.

Robert Allan (Sr.) and Robert F. Allan
Robert Allan (Sr.),left, and Robert F. Allan, right.

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Update, April 2021: Robert Allan provided a spreadsheet of yachts, or government service vessels that have been converted to yachts, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. (Link below.)


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6 records found.
Namesort descending Builder Year Length Fleet Boat Image Thumb

Chelsea II

Star Shipyard 1955 48' Non-Member Chelsea II


Boeing 1929 52' Non-Member Clupea


Burrard Drydock Ltd 1939 105' Northern California Fifer


W.R. Menchions & Co.Ltd 1934 67' Non-Member Meander

Midnight Sun

Pacific Salvage Co. Ltd. 1938 80' Canadian Midnight Sun, Vic-Maui Race 2004

Townley Isle

W.R. Menchions & Co.Ltd 1930 36' Canadian Townley Isle