Boatyards and Boat Builders
Whether you need someone in a hurry or are looking for a master boat builder for a restoration, this is your list of traditional, GRP, small and large boat building outfits that specialise in classic boats.
WoodStock Boatbuilders (Antigua). Traditional boatyard providing a service to working boats, yachts, superyachts.
Atkins & Co. (Australia) – Modern and traditional construction techniques
Jari Vanhatalo (Finland)
Chantier des Ileaux (Noirmoutier-en-l'Île, South Brittany, France) - traditional, well respected yard.
Chantier Naval Pasqui (Villefranche sur Mer, South of France) - Restored Tuiga and maintains key yachts on the Med circuit
Chantier Naval de l'Estérel (Cannes, South of France) - Founded in 1936, in the gorgeous site of île Sainte Marguerite. Restoration, maintenance and repair works afloat or ashore on any kind of yachts up to 45m.
Chantier naval Sainte-Marie (Marseille, France) - Slipway on rails, 30m capacity for dry dock facilities. Builds and restores boats, mostly high-end constructions.
Colin Sarl Les faiseurs de bateaux (Saint-Omer, Near Calais, France) - building traditional bacôves (small inland boats) that have long crossed the Audomarois marshes.
Chantier Naval Dubourdieu (Gujan-Mestras, Near Bordeaux, France) - Motor yacht restoration.
CNSB - Chantier Naval de Sanary les Baux (Near Marseille, France) - builds boats and repairs old boats using traditional techniques.
Chantier naval Pasqui Sarl (Near Nice, France) - Specialising in the restoration of old ships and building wooden boats.
Chantier naval Borg (Marseille, France) - Traditional boat building
Chantier Marin de la Plaisance (France) - General boatyard services
Chantier Naval A. Jezequel (France) - Traditional boat building
Gilles Voisin (France)
Chantier Naval Jean Claude Paraveau (France)
Chantier Naval Herve Fernand (France)
Conrather Gilles (France) - Traditional yard
Chantier Naval Carenes - (France) - Traditional yard
Les Ateliers du Marais (France) - Specialises in interior cabinetwork for yachts, liners, shops, villas, hotels and aircraft.
Agencement Paul Champs (France) - Yacht interior fitters
Charpentiers Réunis de Méditerranée (France) -
Claasen Shipyard (Netherlands) - Spirit of tradition new builds. J's and F class.
Classic Works (La Ciotat, France) - Classic Restorations
Chantier du Guip (France). Based in Brest, builders and restorers of fine working boats and yachts.
Holland Jachtbouw (Netherlands) - New builds, mostly superyachts; J class yachts etc.
JachtbouwBart Jan Bats (Netherlands) - Restorations and GRP builds.
Jachtwerf Brandsma (Netherlands) - Restorations and buids. Traditional shipwrights.
Jachtwerf Prins (Netherlands) - Restoration of Dutch Barges.
Royal Huisman (Netherlands) - Spirit of tradition builds.
Vitters (Netherlands) - Modern new builds, spirit of tradition, mostly superyachts; J class yachts etc.
Classic Boats New Zealand (NZ) - Restorations. Kerikeri, Bay of Islands.
New Zealand Traditional Boat Building School (NZ) - Auckland.
Richard Le Bloas (Co Down). Clinker builds and repair. 07711 232 525
James. P. Hogan (Co. Galway). Semi retired boat builder, lecturing and instruction at Galway School of Boatbuilding. 091 592 521
Richard le Bloas – (N Ireland). Maintenance and repairs carried out on yachts and motor launches to 45ft. 07711 232525
David Moss Boatbuilders (Lancs). Builders Otter range of canoe yawls. 01253 893 830
Whisper Boats (Cambridge). Traditional kit boat supplier and builder. 01223 832 928.
North East (UK)
Character Boats (Lancs). Traditional designs GRP. 01253 727 004
Farrow and Chambers Yacht Builders (Lincolnshire). Wood epoxy one-offs 01472 362 424
Mills Dockyard (Northamptonshire). Restoration of Edwardian motor boats, hydroplanes, racers 0115 973 2595
Peter Nicholls Steel Boats (Northamptonshire). Houseboats, specialist steel construction. 01788 891 823.
Staniland of Thorne Marina Ltd (Doncaster). Repairs and fitting out of inland craft. 01405 813 150
North West (UK)
Fyne Boat Kits (Cumbria) Kayaks, canoes and kit boats. 01539 444 300
Kittiwake Boats (Cheshire). Builder of 14ft/4.5mtrs to 16ft/5.3mtrs are performance centreboard sailboats. 01260 252 157
Lakeland Wooden Boats (Cumbria). Kevin Halcrow. Suffolk beach punt. Lymington scow. Northumbrian cobble. 01539 727 118
Patterson Boatworks (Cumbria). Restorations of river craft, yachts, steam launches. +44 (0)15394 36660
Willow Bay Boats (Lake District). 12, 14 & 17ft day-boats and camping cruisers. 015394 442741 www.willowbayboats.co.uk
South East Coast (UK)
A. Riva & Son Shipwrights Ltd (Essex) - Classic restorations. 01621 851081
Abingdon & Skabardis Marine (Kent) - Restorations 07737 868 421
Alan S.R Staley – (Kent) Shipwright, Boatbuilder, Restorations. 01795 530 668
Aldeburgh Boatyard Co – (Suffolk) 8 Metres and Yacht restorations, general boatyard. 01728 452 019
Barrow Boat Company – (Norfolk). Wooden tenders and sailing dinghies, kits and builder. 01705 597 469
Beacon Boatyard – (Kent). Restoration and spars, wooden boat restorations Rochester. 01634 841 320
Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina (Essex). Restorations under a very large shed. 01621 782 150
Charlie Ward Traditional Boats (Norfolk). Repairs and builders. 01263 74037
Colin Buttifant Yachtbuilders / Swallowtail Boatyard (Norfolk). Classic broads yachts. 01692 678 067
Conrad Natzio (Norfolk). Lightweight craft. 01508 548 675
Creative Marine (Norfolk). Electric river launches and steam yachts. 01692 407 843
David Patient Shipwright (Essex). Barges, Smacks, Dinghies. V. experienced. 07801 130530
Fabian Bush, Boatbuilder (Essex). Clinker boats, restoration, plans 01206 728 577
Felixtowe Ferry Boatyard (Suffolk). Boatyard services. 01394 282 173
Frank Schofield Boatbuilder (Norfolk). 01328 878 216
GMS Ltd (Kent). Based at Chatham historic dockyard. 01634 844 114
Harker's Yard (Essex). Wooden boat restoration, experience with Lottery Funding. Working Boats etc.
H E Hipperson Ltd (Suffolk). Wooden and grp repairs. 01628 528 830
Harbour Marine Services (Suffolk). John Buckley restores 1930s motor yachts. 01502 724721
Harry King & Sons (Suffolk). Very traditional, Smacks, bawleys, barges and boatyard services. 01473 780 258
Heritage Marine, Downs Road Boatyard. (Essex). V. traditional boatyard with boat builders, traditional rigging.
Hollowshore Boatyard (Kent) Dan Tester restores Smacks, metre boats and traditional craft. 01795 532 317
Hunters Yard (Norfolk). Traditional day boat restoration and builds. 01702 338 989
Jamie Clay Boatbuilding (Essex). Albert Strange restoration specialist. 01621 853 804
JEP Marine (Kent). John Pollitt. GRP clinker builder. 01227 710 102
Jim Spencer Sailing Services (Essex). GRP hulls, kits and finished. 01206 302 911
John Williams Boats (Norfolk). 01692 580 953
Kingsley Farrington (Norfolk). Yare and Bure One Design 01603 666545
North Quay Marine (Kent). North Quay day-boats in cedar epoxy. 01795 521 384
Neil Thompson Boats (Norfolk). Builder of the Norfolk Urchin, Explorer, Gypsy, Smuggler, Oyster. (0) 1263 741172
Petticrows Ltd – (Essex). Dragons builders, based in Burnham-On-Crouch. 01621 782 115
Priors Boatyard (Essex). Yacht builders since 1892 Repairs up to 60ft. 01621 782 160
Rob Maloney Boatbuilder (Essex). Traditional, restoring one designs. 07901624341
Robertsons Boatyard (Suffolk). Construction, restoration and repair. 01394 382 305.
Roving Commissions (Suffolk). Restoration etc. 01502 575 679
Sea King Boatbuilders (Essex). Clinker boats to 30ft. 01702 473 612
South River Marine (Norfolk). Traditional builder, Steve Evans. 01493 488 469
Suffolk Yacht Harbour (Suffolk). Traditional, classic restorations under a brand new shed (up to 70ft LOA).
Tideway Dinghies Ltd (Essex). Builders of Tideway Dinghies. Mari Riva 01621 851081
The Norfolk Boatyard (Norfolk). Traditional craft restoration and boatyard services. 01263 731 500
Tony Gaze Boatbuilder (Suffolk). Traditional boat builder. 01379 586 241
South Coast and Middle England (UK)
Albatross Marine – (Hampshire). Restorations of Albatross motor boats circa. 1950's
Andrews Boat House – (Bucks). Neil Garside restores Thames launches, steamers and trad craft. 01628 810 402
Bossoms Boatyard (Oxford). Andre Jones building punts for the Oxford colleges. 01865 247 780
Bucklers Hard Boat Builders (Hampshire). 01590 616 214
Camper & Nicholson (Gosport). Boatbuilders. 023 9258 0221
Chippendale Craft / Fine Wood Craft (Sussex) . Day-boats and skiffs. 01797 227 707
Churchouse Boats (Hampshire). Drascombe lugger builders. 01256 896 292.
Constables Boatyard (Surrey). Build, restore, hire Thames craft. 0208 948 8270
Coventry Boatbuilders and Chandlery (West Midlands). Classic restoration and chandlery
David Hillyard (Sussex). Simon Cullingford. Hillyard restoration. 01903 713 327
Elephant Boatyard (Southampton). Repairs 01703 403 268
Fairlie Restorations Ltd – (Hants). Paul Spooner & Duncan Walker undertake wood restorations. 01703 456 336
Henwood and Dean (Henley), Lucy Henwood. Colin Dean. Riverboat restoration and new build 01491 571 692.
Heyland Marine (Bucks). Traditional dinghies in GRP. 01628 528 830
Hoad Sailboats – (W. Sussex). Built in wood, Ian Oughtred designs. 01798 344 997
Jeremy Rogers Yachts – (Hants). Contesssa 32 builds to order. 01590 645 454
John Claridge Composites Ltd (Hants). Undertakes work on X class one designs, prams etc. 01590 674 821
JWS Marine Services – (Portsmouth). John Shaw. Teak decks, varnish etc. 02392 755 155
Ken Wilkinson (Portsmouth) Restorations of yachts and boats across the world.
Michael Dennett - (Surrey). River craft restorations. +44 (0)1932 563448
Neville Moore – (Berkshire) Boat Restorations. 0118 959 0346
Peter Freebody & Co – (Thames). Slipper launches and Riva restorations. 01628 824 382
PJS Boats – (Hampshire). Joinery and Carpentary. 01420 489 595
Salterns Boats – (Oxon). Restoration and refit of traditional river and sailing boats.
Shalfleet Quay Boatyard – (I.O.W). Repairs and maintenance small yard. 01983 752 430
Southampton Yacht Services Ltd – (Southampton). Refits and new builds, recent refit was Cambria. 01703 335266
Stanley & Thomas Boatbuilders – (Thames). River launch restorations. 01753 833 166. Mob 0831 862 729.
T Green and Co – (Henley). Builders and repairs for the upper Thames. 01628 829 371
The Maritime Workshop – (Gosport). Restoration and maintenance of historic ships/yachts. 01705 527 805
Wraysbury Boat House – (Berkshire). Tim O’Keefe. River launch restorations. 01784 482 569
West Solent Boatbuilders – (Hampshire). Keyhaven Scows etc. 01590 642 080
Wicormarine Ltd – (Hampshire). Repairs. 01329 237 112
Woottens Boatyard – (London). River craft restorers, builders. 01628 484 244
South West (UK)
Ben Harris Boatbuilder (Cornwall) - Building dinghies, yachts inspired by traditional lines. +44 (0)7570 780864
Butler & Co – Ashley Butler designs, builds and restores unique, beautiful wooden boats.
C H Lavis and Son (Devon). Boat builders SW. 01395 263 095
Cockwells (Cornwall). Modern and classic, designers and builders of superyacht tenders. 01326 377 366
Cornish Crabbers (Cornwall). Builders of the famous Cornish Crabbers. 01208 862 375
Devon Wooden Boats (Devon). Builders and restorers. 01803 722 537
Gaffers and Luggers / Waterings Boatyard (Cornwall). Traditional boat building est. 1965. 01326 374 441
Giles Hodge Gilbert Boatbuilder (Cornwall). Traditional boatbuilder, working boat, yacht and tender restorer works across the world. +44(0) 7749382628.
Gweek Quay Boatyard (Cornwall). 01326 221 657
Honnor Marine (Devon) Builders and restorers. 01706 369 084
Hunkins Boatbuilders (Cornwall). Maurice Hunkin est. 1912 in Fowey. 01726 832 874
Lathams Boatyard (Dorest), Chris Somner. General classic restorations. 01202 784 029
Luke Powell – Builder of working boat replicas and working boats.
McNulty Boats Ltd (Devon) Luggers and wood-builds. 01404 41555
Merryman Boats (Dorset). Kits dinghies. 01285 820 164
Michael Atfield (Devon). Salcombe Yawl, dinghies, launches. 01548 843 120
Mylor Yacht Harbour – (Cornwall) Restorations, big boatyard in a great position near Falmouth. +44 (0)1326 372 121
Nash & Holden Traditonal Boatbuilders (Devon). Everything up to 70ft. 01803 835 165
Pendennis Shipyard (Cornwall). Build and refit of superyachts. 01326 319 253
Stirling & Son – (Plymouth) New builds of cutters, clinker dinghies, large restorations. 01822 854137
Richard Crane Yacht and Boatbuilder (Cornwall). 01752 822 845
Rossiter Yachts (Dorset). Has undertaken restorations on traditional craft. 01202 483 250
Sail & Oar (Devon). Restoration and any clinker-build to 22ft. 01803 866 680
Seahopper Folders (Somerset). Folding dinghy kits. 01823 663 666
Square Sail Shipyard Ltd (Cornwall). Tall ships and film industry support services. 01726 70241
Star Yachts Ltd (Bristol). Tender builders to around 32ft. +44(0)117 907 9938
T. Neilsen & Co. (Bristol). Traditional shipwright and rigger. +44 (0)1452 301117
Traditional Sail (Devon). Restorations to 50ft. 01548 844 284.
David Walkey Boatbuilder (Cornwall). 07968 562 783
Working Sail (Cornwall). Working boat builders and restorations. +44 (0) 1326 376316
Underfall Boatyard (Bristol). Historical yard in Bristol docks. General boatyard services on the slip.
Evans Boatworks (Pembrokeshire). Colin Evans wooden builds restorations. 07815 075 585
International Marine Designs (Gwynedd, North Wales) 01654 767 572
John Kerr Boatbuilder (Dyfed). Custom-built wooden boats. 01559 363 201
Swallow Boats (Wales). Builders of the Bayraider range GRP. 01239 615 140
United States of America
Tom McIllwraith (US)
Kent Tyson (US)
Van Dam (US)
Artisan Boatworks (US)
Rockport Marine (US)
Pease Boatworks (US)
Wooden Boatworks (US)
Beetle Cat Boat Shop (US)
The Apprenticeshop (US)
Six River Marine (US)
Stuart Knockabout (US)
Classic Boat Shop (US)