David’s sons, Brian and Dominic May took over in 1990. They consider themselves tenants for the next generation.
The early 90s brought an economic downturn which Berthon weathered despite old sheds and machinery, and outdated working practices. Brian and Dominic believed that the business needed serious investment to take it into the 21st century.
In January 1990, Lymington flooded badly, including the Berthon shipyard. Berthon’s river wall was therefore raised and flood defence gates fitted at slip and travel lift junctions to safeguard the site.
We currently have 140 staff at our Lymington HQ, with a wide range of leisure and commercial clients, refitting, repairing and maintaining sail and motor boats, pilot vessels, RIBs, dive boats and traditional wooden craft.