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 one workshop in 1990 to a point today where we have three heated boat sheds/workshops, a chandlery, a cafe and outside hard standing for 100 vessels.
We strive to provide a full service to all types of vessels from our award winning classic boat restoration, through to repair and refit 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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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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Harbour Marine are delighted to offer full service professional brokerage. We have an enviable reputation and encyclopaedic knowledge of wooden vessels, and we pride ourselves on matching boats and new owners. Because we are always keen to build a relationship with the new owner, you can be assured that we will support the boats we sell.

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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 open every day from 8am – 4pm throughout the year. We make fresh scones, cakes and specials every day and source all our produce from local suppliers.
See our face-book page for more details.

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Latest News from Harbour Marine Services

East Coast Forum Pennant (ECF)

January 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Welcome to the East Coast Forum Pennant page. Below are photos of our sample. UK coast on one side and Dutch/Belgian on the other. It is 26cm x 34cm approx (note all will be hand [...]

Pamela Tivey – Herreshoff

November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Restoration of Pamela Tivey Herreshoff 12 1/2 The plan is to remove each mahogany plank from the top down and replace with white ceder. The mahogany [...]


July 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Nic Seal brought his 46ft twin screw Silverleaf to Harbour Marine Services after a recommendation from the owners of 'Gralian' and then a visit from John Buckley to their home in Cowes. She came up [...]


July 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Gralian is a 45ft Medina class Saunders Roe built in 1937. Jonathan and Helen Lewis bought her in 2010 as a long term live-aboard and were planning to set off to the Mediterranean , when [...]