We specialise in building bespoke sailing yachts to individual specifications. We are experts in classic boat restoration and undertake all types of refit & restorations, as well as general repair and maintenance work.

At the heart of our business is a team of
master craftsmen who have in-depth knowledge of traditional boat-building techniques,
combined with exceptional expertise
in new & innovative high-tech composites.

Steeped in history, and like an exclusive ‘club’
for those in the know, our unique setting – and
the array of beautiful sailing boats and classic yachts that
live here – create a very special atmosphere.

The yard has built many boats over the years, most recently Saecwen of Lymington, a 51ft ketch. Our team of experienced boat builders are skilled in all aspects of traditional wooden boatbuilding – design, hull construction, fine joinery work, finishing, and brightwork.


Classic yacht restorations – both sail and motor – have been an important part of our business for many years. We undertake all types of refit and restoration projects, big or small, and recently won the Classic Boat Award for best restoration >40ft for Carlotta an 1899 Bristol Pilot Cutter.

We have a reputation for excellence in maintenance/repair. We specialise in the supply and installation of bow thrusters, anodes, underwater fittings, covering all aspects of marine repairs from collision damage to full refits.

We are a family run business, nestled in the sheltered waters on the western side the River Hamble, with years of experience in traditional sailing yacht building, restoration and repair.

FT How to Spend It

“Founded on the shores that saw the birth of Nelson’s famous flagship, this traditional boatmaker creates some of the most beautiful craft on the sea.”

Simon de Burton, FT How to Spend It.


The Elephant Boatyard, Lands End Road, Bursledon,

SO31 8DN

We are just 5 minutes from Junction 8 on the M27, and a short walk from Bursledon Station.