Boat building history

Berthon has a rich history of building boats in the UK, servicing both the British and international commercial markets. Based in Lymington, Hampshire. Berthon employs over 100 skilled craftsmen working from modern shipyard facilities. Berthon has the ability to deal with all aspects of commercial boatbuilding work.

Private and Public sector works

Berthon has been building workboats since 1877. In more recent times, this has included the production of pilot boats, barges, and several classes of all-weather lifeboats for the RNLI. Berthon has undertaken work for both private sector and public organisations. Over the last 30 years, Berthon has built 36 all-weather lifeboats for the RNLI including the Arun and Severn class lifeboats and, most recently, 12 of the new Shannon class fast lifeboats.

Innovative build and production strategies

Berthon developed innovative build and production line strategies that helped optimise build productivity whilst minimising costs for the RNLI. The ‘open-sky’ hull fit-out process enabled the best possible access for engineers and lifting equipment, whilst simultaneously allowing extensive fitting out of the deck and wheelhouse prior to the assembly and finishing of the vessel. This approach helped mitigate the amount of work required to complete the build when the hull and deck were closed up. Being able to assess the state of production easily, and at any point in time, improving both the productivity of the workforce and health and safety aspects of the builds.

How design & production are linked

Berthon understands the fundamental link between design and production, particularly the huge impact that design information has on productivity. Drawing packs and parts lists are structured to match the build processes, thereby ensuring that our skilled boat builders have the right information, and the right parts at the right time to complete the job effectively. Furthermore, all the parts, adhesives, fasteners, consumables, and PPE for each job are pre-delivered to the lineside workplace, thereby increasing efficiency.

Build Register

Berthon keeps a record of boat builds dating back to 1840. It is possible to view or search the register by clicking the link below.

Custom Built Gemini RIBs

For many years, Gemini RIBs have been in operation with many prestigious organisations throughout the world including the Royal Navy, United Nations, UK Police Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, special forces around the world and many more.

Make an enquiry

If you would like to discuss your boat design with us, one of our project managers would be happy to run through your requirements with you.