We moved to a rented workshop at Dolphin Haven Boatyard in April 2015 with one full time shipwright and two part-time employees and have experienced considerable growth. The current team now consists of six full time and two part-time people, including own full time Marine Electrical Technician who is fully qualified in marine AC and DC systems and experienced in rewiring traditional wooden boats. Over the last year we have struggled for space and have now decided to move as it seems likely that it will be several years until there is additional space available for us at the yard.
We will be moving from our current workshop in May/June 2017 to a 3700 SQ FT industrial unit - more than doubling our current space. We realised very little comes to us by water so took the decision to have an environment that is more temperature and humidity stable for the type of work we do. Most of the boats we work on will fit inside the new workshop which will save us time and our customers money as we will no longer need to build or maintain tents nor set-up and pack away tools daily. We will have a much cleaner working environment, no more mud and puddles and much better road access. We plan to use the local yard at Baltic Wharf (just 5 miles away) for any boats that do not fit inside the new units.
Our new workshops will also allow us the space to start building new wooden dinghies, launches and day sailors (up to 30 feet) which has always been the intention since the company was founded in 2010. Some of these will be our own designs, others to class/historic designs along with any custom commissions. We will also continue with the restoration work that we have become known for.
It has come to our attention that some people think we run the whole of Dolphin Haven Boatyard, Galmpton Creek. We have only ever been tenants there - in the grey and white building halfway along the yard with a little bit of the top floor in the adjoining brick building. The yard is owned by a local man who is also a keen yachtsman with a very nice collection of boats.
We will of course miss the view at the yard, arguably the best on the river Dart.