Hamble Yacht Services (HYS) is now under new ownership. The Solent boatyard, which attracts some of the top-name racing and classic yachts, has parted from the Ancasta Group to become an independent business, formed by four new partners who bring new investment into the yard.
Robert Bicket, director of HYS commented, “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.
“We are very excited about our future – there are a number of immediate planned improvements and many more in the pipeline which will benefit both our berth holders and tenants, as well as the sensitive river bank environment that the facility sits on the edge of.”
The new management has announced that they will start by improving the general fabric of the yard; there is a programme of refurbishment for the main buildings, while general access and car parking around the site will also be improved.
Hamble Yacht Services, which is situated adjacent to a conservation area, is also intending to put in place measures to improve sustainability. Bicket added, “We have plans to ‘go green’. We will be making big improvements to the recycling system here, and plan to install solar panels and a rainwater collection system.”
The Repair & Refit and Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics businesses which historically formed part of Hamble Yacht Services Ltd remain in the ownership of Ancasta Group, to be renamed Hamble Yacht Services Refit and Repair Limited (HYSRR). This service will remain in their redeveloped facilities within the HYS boatyard.
For more information, visit Hamble Yacht Services.