TRADITIONAL

TECHNIQUES

The pursuit of perfection has been no easy task.
There have been many late nights spent creating products as close to perfection as I can find.
I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the best Craftsman I have ever met and this alone has pushed the bar and led me to exceed qualities expected by the customer.
To deliver the perfect job is a satisfaction like no other.

Over a decade of tool buying has created the setup I need to undertake the tasks my customers present to me..
The tools are relied upon heavily to execute the work in the most efficient and precise way.
As time has gone on I have developed new skills which require new tools and processes.

Re-upholstering complete interiors requires a very different environment to that of a traditional shipwright.
This means that cleanliness has also taken a lead role. Some of the workshops I have seen in the past are overcrowded and dusty.
For me this means efficiency levels would have to drop to then repair the environment for the next task. Put simply, the workshop has to be tidy or at very least have the ability to be tidied in a quick manner.In terms of a skill set being a shipwright can involve anything from internal trims, full cabinet builds through to new decks or entire hull builds, this requires a traditional knowledge of the processes which can then be cross referenced with a more contemporary approach to tooling.

I have rebuilt and fabricated many different pieces of various vessels. For some, the power tool has cut the time down dramatically however it’s not as simple as that.
Every single product I deliver has been hand finished. My hands are what I rely upon to tell me the quality is there and when using power tools or workshop tools, this feedback is non-existent.

Complete interior rebuilds require patience and an eye for detail. It’s not a simple process.
Each piece of the puzzle must be documented, re-upholstered and rebuilt so it looks like it has never left the boat.
Painting is much more than a skill with a paint brush. To create the perfect painted finish one must consider the environment, the mix, the flow, the type of finishing products to be used, wet and dry film thickness and so on.
There is a lot of science behind paint products and understanding that is what creates the finer finish. Every day, more money is invested in paint research and I am the link between that research and your boat.

Three Core Principles

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Restoration

Sympathetic & restorative maintenance for classic & new boats alike

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Fabrication

Bespoke creations through to factory fitted installations internally & externally

Repair

Skilled services completed to manufacturer specifications or higher

What Our Customers Say

We make a conscious effort where possible to use local firms and Harbour Craft not only ticks this box but they also bring to the table both expertise and good value for money. In todays market place the clients we work with require a high level of bespoke options aboard their yachts whether they’re new, used, sail or power Harbour Craft have always come to aide. From small modifications to larger bespoke installations that have always approached the tasks at hand in a professional and timely manner, exceeding expectations. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services to any boat owner or trade customer.

Simon Flowers
Director
Blackrock Yachting

I used the services of Harbour Craft for a repair to my poor old rowing boat which needed some TLC, I wasn’t even sure that James would be happy with such a minor job. I was wrong. I had top class service with a smile. James arrived promptly at the agreed time, did a thorough check and repair on the boat and gave me some much needed follow up advice. I couldn’t fault the service or the price that was charged. I would definitely use them again.

LT – Katy Too – Bosham

 

We have used Harbour Craft from their inception day and will continue to use them moving forward as both our businesses grow. Their professional and courteous approach to work is a refreshing change in the marine industry and the quality of the finished product is second to none. Well done James here’s to a good future.

Roger Upham
Director
Rume ltd – Chichester Marina

 

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