The Elephant Boatyard is the home of classic yachts, on the famous River Hamble on England’s south coast.
We specialise in repairing, refitting and building new yachts and motor boats, as well as the restoration of classic wooden craft.
At the heart of our business is a team of master craftsmen with an in-depth knowledge of traditional boatbuilding techniques
combined with exceptional expertise in modern and innovative materials.

We welcome all enquiries for new builds, restoration, refits and winter layup for all types of yacht, both historic and modern.

Our unique setting and the array of beautiful boats and classic yachts that live here create a very special atmosphere.

Come and visit us in Old Bursledon and you’ll see what a remarkable place the Elephant Boatyard is.

Nigella and Moon River moored up by Jolly Sailor

We are a family run business, nestled in the sheltered waters on the western side the River Hamble.

Nigella in the cradle hoist after renovation

Our experienced team specialises in exceptional standards of boatbuilding and repair.

Nigella teak interior after full renovation project

At the Elephant Boatyard, classic restorations have been an important part of the business for many years.

Moon River motor launch on the Hamble River

The Elephant Boatyard is at the forefront of bespoke yacht building in the UK

moorings at the yard with classic sailing yachts and motor cruisers

From our berths it takes just 25 minutes to the entrance of the Hamble River in Southampton Water.

Nigella stern

The strongest endorsement of our credentials is feedback from our clients


Lands End Road, Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8DN

The Elephant Boatyard is situated just 5 minutes from Junction 8 of the M27, and is next door to Bursledon rail station with frequent trains between Southampton and Portsmouth.

We are next door to the Jolly Sailor pub.

News from the Yard

Read about Nigella’s restoration in the November issue of Classic Boat magazine.  Plus updates and latest news from the yard.

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Contact Us

 Tel: 02380 403268