With some notable new wooden yachts built at the yard over 60+ years, plus hi-tech racers and numerous extensive refits of some important yachts, the Elephant is at the forefront of bespoke yacht building in the UK. We have great pleasure in presenting 4 Stephen Jones designed Spirit of Tradition cruiser / racers which are aimed at being able to race competitively in classic regattas both here and abroad. The designs can be tailored to individual specifications and requirements.

Further details and drawings of the interior layouts are available upon request – please do contact us if you require any additional information.

“Here are 4 specimen proposal drawings of modern classic style yachts, done over the last few years in response to expressions of interest from various sources. All were intended for timber construction in modern epoxy techniques. They all share a similar long ended profile and traditional deckhouse type. One variation is the choice of a retrousse transom most appropriately combined with a more pronounced knuckle in the bow profile. This can be adopted at any size. They all feature deep cast fin and lead keels with L bulb geometry.”  Stephen Jones

43ft        46ft        56FT (2)        67ft

1. 43 ft sloop. A smaller version of the 46′ with traditional counter style and softer bow profile. Tiller steered.

2. 46ft sloop.  Long ended modern metre boat style with retroussé transom and softly knuckled bow profile. Interior features twin aft wide singles plus forward facing nav. station, galley and mid/aft enclosed heads/basin. A traditional linear saloon precedes a forward double berth. Standing headroom is achieved in galley, heads and nav. area with very generous sitting headroom in saloon. Tiller steering is in a long cockpit with deep backed seating.

3. 56ft sloop. Gently sloping companionway steps lead to a similar variation on theme with aft enclosed double cabin with seat and hanging locker, and aft heads. This shares with all a traditional interior layout elsewhere with nav. station , oilies locker, galley, linear saloon and fully enclosed forward double cabin with seat and hanging lockers. Standing headroom extends into the aft half of the saloon. Wheel steered in deep cockpit.

4. 67ft sloop. This is a comparable length to an  IRC 12metre, hence sports a substantial layout. Twin aft double cabins share the aft heads which is also ensuite to the starboard side. There is a U shaped galley and oilies locker. to port and forward nav. to starboard. A linear saloon sports pilot berths both sides and leads on to a twin berth forward cabin supported by another heads compartment. This is also ensuite to a final forward double cabin which supports twin hanging lockers, seats and a dresser. Wheel steering is in a commodious and deep cockpit. From here is a long and gentle descent between panelling into this warm timber space.

The International 6 Metre Class is well represented at the yard. These beautiful yachts are a benchmark for classic racing yacht design.  In addition to undertaking a number of 6M restoration projects, we have also built two Ian Howlett designed 6 Metre boats which have won the European and British championships

A very special new build for us was Moon River, a River Class motor launch designed by Tom Richardson. Moon River demonstrates the exception level of finish the Elephant is able to achieve, and features such as the retractable sunroof were a first in motor launch design.

During the 60’s and 70’s we built a series of successful ¼ tonners and went on to build yachts designed to compete in the Admiral’s Cup, including ‘Dragon’ who represented Britain in two AC series. The RORC Yacht of the Year and Concours d’Elégance have been awarded to yachts built and refitted at the yard.

Over recent years we have worked with many yacht designers such as Ed Dubois, Tony Castro, Rob Humphries and Mark Mills.