A traditional friendly yard, in a sheltered village location
What We Can Do For You
Calstock Boatyard's aim is to stay a small affordable, yet sustainable facility for real sailors. We try to keep the overheads down so we don't employ legions of people that you may not use nor wish to pay for - Nor do we ask you to carry the cost of dusty stock on chandlery shelves. We do however, have an honesty 'bits box' for those consumables you may run out of - tape, brushes, white spirit, and you can use our dungeon workshop with benches and basics so you can work on that sticky winch or varnish that tiller on site without worrying about light or rain.
If you are looking for a specific piece of equipment, talk to us we may be able to beat that online price.
We can of course work on your boat if you wish, but we welcome third party contractors, and encourage using the many local sole traders skilled in their particular trade - we don't charge a premium on their services.
If you want advice we have owned and built steel, FRP, aluminium and wooden boats,
Who runs the yard.....
Chris started sailing dinghies as a small boy, going from cadets, through lasers to contenders.
Quite a long stint in the merchant navy managing container and roro ships followed, eventually marrying Julia because we needed two salaries on the loan document for our first boat build (amongst other reasons of course)!!
We built a steel Ebbtide 33 and sailed away for a year and day - with no money in our pockets, some nav lights and a basic VHF radio, the dream of having rum on the christmas pud in the Caribbean was realised!
We came back and built a 10 metre racing catamaran, which once launched scared the willies out of everyone - but that got us into some serious composite work, and not wanting to put on a suit and tie ever again, Chris joined the build team at Princess Yachts.
After building the cat we needed to show the children what the world beyond the valley looked like, so sailed away again for a year and a day - this time as a family of four on an aluminium centreboard ketch. We are now the pround owners of the Cornish Lugger "Spirit of Mystery" - so steel, GRP, aluminium, and wood are all familiar to us.
Chris also teaches navigation and maritime science at Plymouth University, is a commercially endorsed YM, and teaches to MCA Chief Mates level for ships of unlimited size, and for yachts up to 3000gt. He is also a qualified small craft surveyor
We are now settling down to run the kind of yard we always liked and one we have lived opposite for nearly 20 years - a no frills fun yard, where everyone can quietly enjoy their boats in a beautiful place without being under the constant cosh of high prices. For those familiar with the term...everything here is irie.....