We specialise in building traditional 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.

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.

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.

Boat building and classic restorations have been an important part of our business for many years. Our team of experienced boat builders are skilled in all aspects of traditional wooden boatbuilding – design, hull construction, fine joinery work, finishing, restoration and brightwork.

Latest news from the yard including photos of the Nigel Irens 50ft bespoke sailing yacht build which is currently in progress.

Traditional boatbuilding at its very best!

We have the hull of an Ed Burnett 35ft Gaff Cutter, with a part finished interior, up for sale. She is the sister ship of Ivy Green (built here at the Elephant in 2003) and a potentially exciting and cost effective build project.


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.