The UK builder’s new facilities at Hythe Shipyard can accommodate vessels of up to 950 tonnes and 11.5m in beam

Hythe Shipyard in Southampton

Hythe Shipyard in Southampton

The UK’s Fairline Yachts has opened a new commercial shipyard facility in Hythe, Southampton.

Originally designed and built by the US Navy in the 1950s, the heavy slipway at Hythe was used to launch landing craft that were manufactured at the site. Today it is known as the only slipway of its kind on Southampton Water.

Hythe Shipyard’s facilities can accommodate vessels of up to 950 tonnes and 11.5 metres in beam, which can be removed from the water via the slipway and stored undercover.

“Opening this new facility is an exciting step for Fairline Yachts,” says Fairline commercial manager Robert Hammond. “We have thoroughly tried and tested Hythe Shipyard through the manufacturing of our 60ft-plus luxury motoryacht range, and we’re proud to offer a fair price for this highly professional operation, in a safe and well-maintained environment in a prime location on Southampton Water.”

The shipyard features more than 10,000sq m of covered working halls with ample workspace for crew or contractors to carry out required works. It is also capable of berthing vessels from 10m-100m, with deep water berths available, for short or long term contracts.