Shipshape Solent acts as a focal point bringing together a number of existing facilities and services in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and West Sussex, including the ship/boat repair/conservation expertise and facilities in the Portsmouth Naval Base and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard; the Maritime Workshops in Gosport;  the conservation expertise within Hampshire County Council Museum Services; the work of the Wolfson Unit, Southampton Institute and the wider work of the universities in Southampton and Portsmouth, as well as a range of vessels on the National Register of Historic Vessels.



Boathouse 4 - IBTC Portsmouth

SS Shieldhall

Buckler's Hard



David Newberry - Council of Experts, National Historic Ships UK 



Dorset Queen - starboard view

Passenger Ferry built 1938 by Noble & Co, James, Fraserburgh

Speedwell - boat repairs

Essex Smack built 1901 by King, William & Sons, Burnham on Crouch

Silver Ghost II - starboard side

Motor Yacht built 1952 by Woodnutts, St Helens


We specialise in yachts built by Westerly from 1963 until 2000, having both worked for that company and run our own business since 1994. We specialise in spares which we supply both in our shop and by mail order. We also provide free technical information to the best of our knowledge and, as custodians of the remains of Westerly's documentation, can often help with the history of a particular boat including VAT status. We offer brokerage of all makes of second-hand boats. Our general chandlery stocks a wide range of products for re-furbishing all types of craft.



We are Naval Architects, Marine Consultants and Surveyors offering cost effective solutions to boat, yacht and small ship projects. Established in 1985, we have a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of marine design from small wooden boats to gas turbine powered superyachts.

Acts as advisor to HLF and individual heritage vessels. Can carry out surveys; produce conservation management plans, audience development plans and access plans using specialist staff where appropriate. Can also provide advice on business plans for heritage projects. Larger projects are carried out in conjunction with Frazer-Nash Consultancy Limited which offers a much wider range of specialist engineering skills.

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