At several of the ports on the lower firth, as at Ardrossan and Fairlie, famous for its yachts, the industry is also carried on.
The harbour has been extended and adapted for the reception of yachts.
There are also two yards for the building of pleasure yachts and rowing-boats (in both which branches of sport Hamburg takes a leading place in Germany).
Sloops, fire - ships, bomb-vessels and royal yachts were said to be not rated.
The artificial harbour was formed (1807-1832) between the mainland and the picturesque island of Ireland's Eye, and preceded Kingstown as the station for the mail-packets from Great Britain, but was found after its construction to be liable to silt, and is now chiefly used by fishing-boats and yachts.