Over the years, many boats have been built on the shores of Bursledon Pool.  During the 17th and 18th Centuries, numerous warships were built here, the most famous of which was HMS Elephant, Nelson’s Flagship in the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801.

Since 1963 we have been involved in many projects, including the building of over 65 one-off yachts in wood/GRP/composites and racing, cruising and power boats up to 70ft OA. We have worked alongside designers such as Ian Howlett, Ed Dubois, Peter Norlin, Doug Peterson and Ron Holland.  As a result, we have a host of expert contacts and suppliers in all areas of the marine industry including naval architects, interior designers, rig experts, metal fabricators, and sailmakers.

But perhaps the strongest endorsement of our credentials is feedback from our clients, and below are a few comments from boat owners we have worked with on a number of recent projects. Photos throughout the website also illustrate these projects. Please don’t hesitate to phone us to discuss your yacht or project ideas, or layup requirements.

“When Cockleshell arrived on the Hamble is 1989 I soon found the Elephant Boatyard, and my old boat, now 90 years young, has wintered in the yard ever since. In my view the best thing about the Elephant, apart from the glorious boats and workmanship that one sees happening in the shed, is the wealth of knowledge that the guys have and are happy to share with you, and as the owner of a small quite fragile classic boat you have to trust the boys who do the launching to handle her with care, and they do.” Jonty Sherwill, Boat Designer and owner of a Cockleshell (a classic one-off dayboat built in 1926).