The Elephant Boatyard has been building custom sailing yachts since the 1960’s. We specialise in building traditional, classic wooden boats and can build any design to individual / bespoke specifications.

Over the years we have built many successful sailing and motor yachts; cruising, racing and power in wood and wood composite construction and work closely with a wide range of designers (Ian Howlett, Ed Dubois, Peter Norlin, Doug Peterson and Ron Holland), owners and their representatives in order to achieve an incredible level of finish.

We are currently building a Nigel Irens designed 50ft Ketch, working with designer, project manager and owner to create a beautiful bespoke sailing yacht of the finest quality. The hull build – now complete – is primarily of wood and epoxy construction, a cedar strip hull with 2 layers of diagonal african mahogany veneers.

Having recently completed the build of a hull for the revival of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club Twentyone Foot Class, we are now well into the build of hull number 2.  The hull construction has stayed true to the 115 year old design by Alfred Mylne of Glasgow, and represents true craftsmanship using both old and new materials.  We are proud to be part of the revival of this classic One Design class built between 1903-05 and raced in Dublin Bay for 83 years.

In addition to current projects, there is a long list of boats that have been built here at the yard – below are just a few examples:

  • Barracuda – 45ft Tony Castro design. Wood/epoxy sloop, cruiser/racer.  UK based.
  • Horus – 50ft Ed Dubois design. Cutter in cedar.  Circumnavigation and Mediterranean cruising.
  • Ferrik Al Booma – 50ft Ian Howlett aero rig design. Wood/epoxy composite.  Transatlantic and Mediterranean.
  • Fly – 70ft Ian Howlett aero rig design. Wood/epoxy composite.  Transatlantic and Scottish waters.
  • Zinnia – 30ft Nigel Irens design. Hull construction only. Wood/epoxy.
  • Ivy Green – 35ft Ed Burnett design. Wood/epoxy/frames. Gaff cutter.  East Coast and English Channel.  See attached pictures.
  • Mandrake – 50ft Mark Mills design. Racing yacht, wood/epoxy sloop.  Raced in the UK and Far East, winner of the Round the Island Race and Kings Cup in Thailand.

Some of our successful racing yachts include:

  • Dragon – 40ft Ed Dubois. 2 x British Admirals Cup Team member and winners.
  • Hurricane – 40ft Peter Norlin. Swedish Admirals Cup Team member.
  • St Kitt’s – International 6M, Ian Howlett design. European Champion winner.

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.

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 and 46ft 43ft and 46ft

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.