We are specialists in refit and restoration, and work across all different kinds of boats, from cruising to racing, wooden to GRP, but our absolute passion is Classic Yachts. Traditional wooden craft, and bringing history back to life, are simply what we LOVE. Our in-house team of boat builders are knowledgable and highly skilled at traditional and new working methods and take an immense pride in giving an old boat new life.

We routinely undertake all types of work, including:

  • Re-planking, caulking, re-fastening
  • Painting & varnishing
  • Replacing rotten structural timber such as deadwoods, stems, hogs,  transoms
  • Re-decking, raking out deck seams and re-caulking

We have recently refurbished the interior of Sanjula, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Farr 56ft who came in for a full internal refit.  The forward cabin has been upgraded from a double bunk area into two twin cabins and a new head, and have also installed a watertight door.

         ”  The work is excellent. In fact, you would think Sanjula had been built with the modifications that the Elephant Boatyard have now completed” 

       Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

Towards the end of 2017 we completed the build of a new 64ft mast out of sitka spruce for a 1963 Sparkman & Stevens 51ft yawl. We are now putting the final touches to a new boom for her. The coins inlaid into the base of her mast will bestow good luck for her and all who sail in he

Sphex is an X boat that came to us in need of some TLC. Work to date has included repair of her stem, deck sheaving, seam repair and priming her topsides ready for a final coat.

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John Dory is a 45ft Bermudan Sloop built in 1938 with a fine racing pedigree.  Owned by one of our longest standing customers, she is in our shed having a new ply sub deck with a tongue & groove effect to ensure a traditional look is maintained. A relaid teak deck will follow.

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