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, we have an in-depth knowledge of all boatbuilding techniques.
We have recently launched Nigella, a classic 1959 Nelson motor launch, after an extensive rebuild 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.
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
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.