Boatbuilding – both new builds and classic restorations – have been an important part of our business for many years. We have been involved in many projects, including the building of more than 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.
With so many notable wooden yachts and hi-tech racers built at the yard, plus numerous extensive refits, our team of master craftsmen have an in-depth knowledge of all boatbuilding techniques, as well as being versed in the restoration of classic wooden craft.
We have recently launched Nigella, a classic 1959 Nelson motor launch, after an extensive restoration project. The images below show just how much work went into bring Nigella back to her former glory. She is now the perfect gentleman’s launch for cruising around the Solent.
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.
The International 6 Metre Class is well represented at the yard. In addition to undertaking a number of 6M restoration projects, we have also built two Ian Howlett designed 6 Metre boats which have won both the European and British championships. These beautiful yachts are a benchmark for classic racing yacht design.