Boatyard Services

Onsite repairs: classic & modern

The modern workshop at SYH offers repairs and renovation work on classic and contemporary sail yachts and motor boats using the latest in marine technology.

State of the art workshop

The well-lit, ventilated workshop features specialist ‘zones’; including a 130ft long, two-part spray and preparation bay. Whether it’s an Awlgrip topside respray or Coppercoat application, the process for all coating has been optimised, with one area for prep and one for spraying.

As well as the spray and preparation bay, a custom joinery and machine shop adjoins the workshop for the design and build of specialist woodwork and shipwright components.

The workshop also includes a dedicated area with the specific environment and ideal temperature for maintenance work on classic yachts.

The workshop area also includes specialist flash-proof and eco-friendly LED lighting, as well as heating, extraction and ventilation with full climate control.


Lead by SYH Managing Director Joshua Major

The workshop team at SYH has over fifty years’ experience working with classic and GRP boats. Whether it is a minor repair or a full refit, SYH offers project management services throughout.

To enquire about any of the services below please contact SYH Managing Director:

Joshua Major
01473 659 240

Wooden Boats

SYH is a hub for classic yachts on the east coast. With the Classic Marine chandlery onsite and the annual Classic Regatta, SYH also has an extensive portfolio of classic boat refits and maintenance projects.

  • SYH traditional boat-building skills include:
  • Structural repairs
  • Teak deck laying and refurbishment
  • Joinery
  • Painting and varnishing
  • Mast, spar and boom construction in Douglas fir and spruce
  • Teak gratings
  • SYH also offers detailing for classic boats, including gold leafing, hand carving and hand painting.

GRP (Fibreglass) Boats

SYH has a long history of working with GRP (or fibreglass) boats. The team in the workshop is well-equipped to deliver anything from minor hull and gelcoat damage to antifouling treatments and major, structural hull repairs.

SYH has experience in all GRP construction materials, from basic polyesters to high-tech materials, such as Kevlar and carbon fibre processes including vacuum bagging.

Paint Application

The well-lit, ventilated workshop at SYH features a 130ft long, temperature and humidity controlled, spray and preparation bay. Whether it’s an Awlgrip topside respray or Coppercoat application, the process for all coating has been optimised, with one area for prep and one for spraying.

SYH currently uses Jotun Megagloss and Awlgrip as the two primary paints applied to topsides and superstructures to achieve the highest possible standard of finish.


Regularly used in the SYH workshop, Coppercoat is a combination of a specially developed solvent-free epoxy resin and high purity (99%) copper.

SYH sprays over 40 boats per year using its innovative Coppercoat spraying technique, which gives a smoother finish compared to the more traditional roller method. With two cradle supports available in the spray shop, the team can spray two boats in tandem.

Whilst the Coppercoat is being applied to the hull, the air temperature and humidity levels in the workshop are monitored and recorded along with the batch numbers of the Coppercoat itself.


Boat maintenance can be a complex and daunting task.  With over fifty years’ experience in refits and restorations, the SYH team is on-hand to run a project from start to finish or work alongside an owner.

SYH works closely with its supply chain to continue to evolve and develop its knowledge and use the latest products on the market.


Why use Coppercoat?

Each litre of resin is impregnated with 2 kilos of ultra-fine copper, making Coppercoat the strongest copper based anti-foul available. 

Longevity & low maintenance: a single treatment of Coppercoat can last up to ten years.

Performance: with a smooth hull, your boat will travel faster through the water.

Environmental benefits: non-eroding
and therefore less harm to the marine environment compared to other products.
Efficiencies: a clean, smooth hull results in lower fuel consumption.


Do I need to be a berth holder to access the workshops?

SYH welcomes sail and power boats into its workshops from all over the country and abroad.  There is no need to be a berth holder, simply contact Joshua Major and the team to discuss your requirements.


What is Marine Osmosis?

Osmosis is the blistering and decomposition of the gelcoat that allows water penetration into the GRP hull structure. This issue continues to plague GRP vessels below the waterline, particularly as they get older. SYH is experienced in the elimination of osmosis by gelcoat peeling, shot-blasting, careful drying and final finishing with a hard, impenetrable coat of epoxy resin. Guaranteed for five years and approved by West System Resins, SYH has applied this reliable treatment for more than 25 years.


How long is your lead time?

It varies on the time of year, but the SYH workshops are generally busy.  The team will always try and fit you in, but the more time in advance you can book the easier it will be.