Boatyard facelift takes shape following takeover by new owners
The Solent boatyard, which attracts some of the top name racing and classic yachts, parted from the Ancasta Group in February to become an independent business formed by four partners bringing new investment into the yard.
Director Robert Bicket, who has a strong background in marine business ownership and management, comments “Hamble Yacht Services is an historic site which has long been one of the premier centres for boat movements, storage and berthing in the Solent area. It is also a hub for a full range of onsite services which provides turn-key support for the vessels that we have here.” He adds “We are very excited about our future – there are a number of immediate planned improvements which are already moving forward and many more in the pipeline which will benefit both our bertholders and tenants, as well as the sensitive river bank environment that the facility sits on the edge of.”
The new management has started by improving the general fabric of the yard. A programme of refurbishment for the main buildings is underway, while general access and car parking around the site will also be improved.
Hamble Yacht Services is situated on its own land up river of Port Hamble Marina on the Hamble River and is accessible through the marina site to its own entrance. The yard sits adjacent to a conservation area. “We have plans to ‘go green’,” says Bicket. “We will be making big improvements to the recycling system here, and plan to install solar panels and a rainwater collection system.”
Most importantly Hamble Yacht Services will continue to provide and improve the excellent services to yacht owners and their tenants, preserving and developing the yard’s specialist capability for high end cruising and racing yacht movements and maintainence.
The Repair & Refit and Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics businesses which historically formed part of Hamble Yacht Services Ltd remain in the ownership of Ancasta Group and have been re-named Hamble Yacht Services Refit and Repair Limited. Going forward, HYSRR will continue to provide its well-regarded Refit & Repair and Engineering services out of their recently redeveloped facilities within HYS.