Traditional Shipwrights for Private, Charter & Commercial Yachts, Launches & Dinghies
Our traditional shipwrights have experience ranging from restoring rowing skiffs and performance racing dinghies up to classic yachts and everything in between. The company specialises in private and commercial wooden vessels up to 50ft (15m) with a maximum allowance of 65 passengers and 2 crew.
We have completed several very high-end restorations/refits that have seen the vessel's value increase significantly, in one case by over 450% !!
If you have a restoration or refit project you wish to discuss, please do get in touch.
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From our workshops at Ipplepen we cover the areas of:
River Dart, Torquay
Shaldon and Starcross in Devon.
Yearly Private & Commercial Refits
We refit private dinghies, launches and yachts up to 50 foot (15m). Refits range from minor jobs like finding and fixing leaks to replacing planks and re-caulking and any other jobs required to keep the boat looking great and in top condition.
We are insured to refit commercial wooden vessels up to 50 feet (15m) with a maximum of 65 passengers and 2 crew. We work with the MCA surveyors and are always present to assist the owner/operators when the MCA visit to ensure all requested works are carried out. We help plan and agree with the MCA future maintenance schedules to maintain the coding of the vessel. We also assist the owner/operators while working with surveyors to help get vessels ready for being newly coded for charter or commercial passenger carrying.
Taking on a major restoration can be a daunting prospect, but it can be hugely rewarding to help preserve our maritime heritage or save a family heirloom for future generations.
During our restorations we work closely with our customers and are well known for our obsessive attention to detail and maintaining authenticity. We search out age appropriate fittings where required while hiding modern technology, so it’s only on view when in use.
Every boat develops minor problems such as breakages or leaks from time to time. We are here to help keep your boat usable for the season by tackling even the minor jobs. We will also investigate a little further as sometimes a minor problem is a symptom of something bigger which could affect your safety or end up costing a lot if not tackled promptly.
Often, we can do a quick repair which can temporarily stop the damage progressing to keep you going for the season and then schedule the main work as part of our annual refit services.
Ancillary Items – Spars, Deadeyes, Blocks, Cleats, Steps Etc.
We make traditional deadeyes from elm and treat them in the traditional way. They are handmade with the grain running in the correct direction and match existing ones to a specific design for your boat.
We also make everything from cleats, ash blocks, companionway steps, bowsprits to full spars including regluing and repairing. We even make new teak decking for fibreglass boats. If it’s wood and goes on a boat, we can make it.