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We are a family run business of 30 years standing..
Based in Southwold since 1989, we have steadily grown in reputation and in facility. From a one workshop operation in 1990 we have expanded and now have two sites; one in Southwold and the other in Ipswich Haven Marina. The two sites give us the capabilities to offer a full range of services for a huge variety and size of boats; from classic boat restoration, to repair, refit and full valet services of modern craft.
The ethos behind the company is simple. To provide a specialised in- house skilled team in order to offer an unparalleled personal service to all boat owners at competitive prices.


We pride ourselves in the ability to provide full quality restoration or rebuild service of vessels in either timber, grp or aluminium.
Around 50% of our facilities are dedicated to the task of restoration and in the course of carrying out many classic restorations, some of which have attracted industry awards, we have attracted some of the best craftsmen and shipwrights in the country.

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Southwold Yard Services

With twenty staff we are able to design, project manage and execute anything from the smallest repair to a new build or a complete restoration. Our in -house services include the following:

  • Full traditional and modern boatbuilding techniques in timber, GRP, aluminium and steel
  • West systems approved Osmosis treatment centre
  •  Full rigging service
  •  Marine engineering
  •  Marine electrical engineering and design
  •  Fabrication in steel, aluminium and stainless
  •  Awlgrip accredited application centre
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Repair & Refit

As a full service yard, we have the in house skills, personnel and infrastructure to carry out repairs and/or refit works on yachts and motor vessels constructed in wood, grp, alloy, steel or ferro.
We’re recognised by major insurance companies to carry out repairs, surveys and coding.
Many of our our staff are boat owners themselves and bring a huge amount of practical real life experience to how systems will work in practice.
Our aim is to form a long term relationship with you and your boat so we will advise against unnecessary work.

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Our fully stocked chandlery caters for both our workshops and our customers needs.
Initially set up as the boatyard stores the Chandlery has developed over the years into an Aladdin’s cave of items including clothing, paints, ropes, electronics, hardware etc.

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The Harbour Café

The Harbour Cafe is located right next to the River Blyth in Southwold’s beautiful harbour. We are normally open every day from 8am – 4pm throughout the year but due to the current Covid 19 situation we have taken the difficult decision to remain closed for the summer of 2020 for the safety of our staff and customers. We will look to re-open in September, see our face-book page for more regular updates.

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Latest News from Harbour Marine Services


October 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Built in Castleford in 1930 by Cliff and Jones. At the time of Dunkirk she was owned by M.V.Lazarus and spent 3 days under fierce air attack ferrying troops from East Beach. Lazy [...]

PBO – View From The Boatyard Projects

October 1st, 2017|0 Comments

In June 2017, we were invited to produce an article for Practical Boat Owner magazine. This has now developed into a monthly series, the links to the projects that each article came from can [...]

Sally and Orcana sailing

May 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Seen today sailing off the town. Orcana on her way back into the harbour & a few shots of Sally sporting her new suit of sails. Note: the images are quite large so they [...]