VISIT TO DISCOVERY YACHTS, MARCHWOOD. Makers of probably the finest bluewater cruising yachts in the world.
Wed 4th December 2013 at 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Club Service organised visit to Marchwood. We saw the luxury hand built yachts being built from start to finish.
Discovery Yachts are constructed on a purpose built site at the end of Crackmore Hard, Marchwood. Close to the Southampton Water. These are not the average sailing boat but British designed and manufactured luxury high performance bluewater cruising sailing yachts in monohull and multihull models from 55 feet to 67 feet.
12 Members met with the managing director Nigel Stuart but spent most of the morning with Mark Williams, the Sales Manager, who gave us a half hour question and answer session (with coffee and chocolate biscuits!) then a tour of a number of massive hangers which housed boats in various stages of completion. Over 60 staff work at the yard and while some specialist parts such as rigging, winches, instruments and the like are bought in, most of the boats from the moulding for the hulls to the cabin furniture are designed and hand made on site. The decks are built separately. alongside the hulls, and only fitted at the end. The quality of workmanship is truly stunning and of the very highest standard both in luxurious style, practicality and safety. The boats are huge - see the hull photos on this site - but amazingly are designed to be sailed round the world by a couple, normally man and wife, although the 67 foot monohull is best handled with the help of a a couple of crew. Electric winches and hydraulics play a large part in the ease of handling. You do not buy one of these lightly. They take about 12 months to build to your order and cost, depending on your choice of kit, from about