Harbour Marine Services

Incorporating Southwold & Ipswich Boatyards

Ipswich Yard Services

Situated in the heart of the historic Wet Dock, within ABP’s Haven Marina, our Ipswich yard is ideally placed to cater for resident and visiting yachts alike. Like Southwold, we offer full yard facilities from a simple outboard service to full electrical and mechanical installs and maintenance, via all rigging work and cosmetic refinishing. We offer full craneage services and are able to house boats and masts in purpose-built, clean buildings. Come and visit the yard, we think you’ll be impressed with what’s on offer.

We’re also happy to come and assist if you happen to get in to technical difficulties on the upper reaches of the Orwell.

Ipswich Services

Haul Out & Hardstanding

We have access to two slips and can haul out vessels up to 75 Tons. We offer competitive rates for hardstanding and are happy for owners to work on their vessels whilst they are with us.

We offer a complete package for the winter including haul out, pressure wash, anti-foul, hardstanding for the winter and launch.


Our premises comprise of two undercover moveable workshops. This allows us to always have a ‘clean’ shed for varnishing and painting. We have a fully equipped engineering workshop.

We always welcome owners to come and work on their boats; we believe that if owners are part of the work on their vessel they will gain the best possible experiences from their use and ownership.


We have one the most experienced rigging teams on the East Coast. They are able to make and fit both standing and running rigging to all vessels from modern cruisers, race yachts and dinghies to classic yachts. They are experienced in making your vessel sail better and more easily and their advice is, as always at HMS, free. We are able to design, make and rig timber spars for the more traditional vessel or provide new aluminium spars in conjunction with Z-Spars. Servicing and replacement of deck gear, furling systems and winches is also offered and we are the East Coast service agents for Lewmar.

We stock English Braid ropes and offer a full splicing service where our riggers can splice almost any line to suit your particular vessel. We carry a good stock of blocks and winches and can provide systems from Wichard, Lewmar, Harken, Ronstan, Spinlock. Selden and many others.


Our engineering staff are able to diagnose and repair both diesel and petrol engines of all makes and models. We have a fully equipped engineering workshop and this allows us to carry out engine rebuilds and repair onsite. We are also able to supply most makes of engines at competitive prices and provide a full installation service, including design, manufacture of new engine bearers, stern gear exhaust systems and tank systems.

Working with our electricians, we are able to also supply and install generators. We supply and fit propellers from Bruntons, Gori and Darglow and fit as standard Ambassador rope cutters.


We have two dedicated and full time painters whom are able to provide your vessel with a prefect paint or varnish finish. We are an Awlgrip application centre and also use Hempels, International and Epifanes.

Our temperature controlled workshops ensure we are able to apply paints and varnishes throughout the year. Whether your vessel or mast needs a repair or a full repaint and varnish, we are able to accommodate your requirements.


Much of our work is in refit and restoration and with this brings the challenges to satisfy our clients wishes to alter and improve their vessels to suit their personal requirements. Over the years we have become very adept at designing interior and exterior alterations to suit our clients’ needs without detracting from the often lovely original aesthetic overall appeal many vessels have.

So whether you require the smallest alteration to your vessel or a complete fit out, we are able to assist you in achieving this. We are very happy to discuss your ideas and requirements and give advice and guidance before you commit to any project.