The Designs

Boat Designs

Designed to meet the most demanding requirements in all sea states

Berthon Boat Company has been building boats since 1877. In recent years, Berthon has built 38 all-weather self-righting lifeboats for the RNLI along with a number of Pilot, Patrol and Survey vessels for other commercial workboat clients. Using the experience gained in these demanding environments, Berthon has developed a range of designs with Peter Eyre, naval architect of the Shannon Class Lifeboat, to provide unrivalled sea keeping ability to meet any current requirement.

All Berthon boat designs can be tailored to fully meet individual requirements. Berthon works closely with customers to provide a bespoke vessel that is suited perfectly to your unique needs.




Bespoke Designs

Either working with a Client’s nominated naval architect/design house or working with our design partners, Berthon can project manage the design and build process from the outset. You can always be assured that our builds are extensively planned and executed with the utmost skill and professionalism.

Interceptor Boat Designs

The Interceptor is a long-range patrol craft that offers superior sea keeping ability and speed. The deep-vee hull form, designed by UK military specialists Vectis, incorporates race-derived hull steps that minimise drag and ensure ultra-low resistance through the water. The craft delivers superb all-weather performance; whilst advanced shock mitigation technology allows the crew to perform their duties effectively, even in the most testing marine environments. Working closely with our Design Partners, we have developed a range of 15m and 20m Interceptor high speed patrol craft boats.

Patrol & Police Boat Designs

Working closely with our Design Partners, we have developed a range of 14m to 22m Police and Patrol boats.

Designed for patrol, interdiction, force protection and command duties in all sea states. The vessel offers superior seakeeping ability with a platform that prevents slamming. High speeds can be sustained, even in adverse sea conditions.

Search & Rescue Boat designs

The next generation of SAR vessels built on the experience of the latest RNLI vessels and with hull design by Peter Eyre. Berthon have developed a full self-righting, fast and highly manoeuvrable vessel with an unrivalled ability to maintain high speed in adverse sea conditions.

Pilot Boat Designs

A highly manoeuvrable, stable and comfortable platform for high speed pilot vessel applications developed from the rugged SAR world, with hull design by Peter Eyre. Pilot transfer ergonomics are always at the heart of the design process in order to provide a safe and reliable platform for 24/7 operation. The Coxwain is afforded excellent visibility of the pilot during the transfer evolution with generous, well placed windows and a coach-roof design offering visibility right down to the pilots footing on the deck. An uncluttered transfer space and a wide side deck offer the Pilot the highest level of security.

Commercial 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.

Shannon Class lifeboat

The Shannon is the latest class to join the RNLI’s All-weather lifeboat fleet and is the first to be propelled by waterjets making it’s a very agile and manoeuvrable craft with excellent shallow draft capabilities. As a testament to Berthon’s build quality, the prototype vessel (RNLI 13-01 Jock and Annie Slater) was accepted into the relief fleet with only minor design changes. The build process, designed by Berthon, has allowed us to build up to 6 vessels a year using the latest lean management manufacturing techniques. This has been so successful it has been adopted by the RNLI to continue building the Shannon Class at the All-Weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole.

Severn Class lifeboat

The Severn Class all-weather lifeboats is the largest operated by the RNLI and the mainstay of their fleet, providing coverage up to 100 miles (160 km) offshore. Berthon Boat Co. built 21 of the 46 Severn Class Lifeboats between 1996 and 2004, with the majority being stationed in the far flung reaches of UK waters. All the Berthon built Severn Class lifeboats are still in service today, a testament to the Berthon build quality.

Contact Us

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.


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