Visit to Chantier Pasqui in Villefranche Sur Mer

Visit August 2017

Malcolm Beaton and Mark Aichroth visited  Chantier Pasqui in Villefranche Sur Mer last week.. This historic yard built rowing galleys in the 16th century out of the sme building they resotre J class yachts. Malcolm with one of the craftsmen Christoph. A visit is planned to Gweek next year. 



To all Gweek Quay residents, boat owners, employees, Gweek residents and contractors,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of the business of Gweek Quay. Everyone has experienced many false dawns to the revival of this important and historic boat yard, but, I hope this announcement will start a new way of working with all the Gweek Quay community. The new purchasers are Malcolm and Maria Beaton plus Mark Aichroth. Malcolm is a farmer from Somerset with a passion for turning around businesses. Mark is a businessman, ex soldier and a keen sailor of classic yachts, plus has spent many of his early years in Gillan Cove near Helford. 

We realise Gweek Quay’s importance within the maritime industry and the local community, we also realise that it is a home and place of work to many people who consider it their own. This responsibility has been seriously considered prior to purchase. This is a one year project to get the boat yard back on its feet, tidy and a place one would want to visit and bring one’s boat.

This project is both exciting and challenging. We need to perform many tasks to restore the reputation of the boatyard and get it going as a flourishing business. There are tasks that need to be completed; including creating a safe environment, finishing the ground works and pontoons. Additionally, we need to be steadfast in making the business pay for itself and meeting commitments to all those involved. This may well include some change as to how things have been done historically and changes to the administration and running of the business. Change can be difficult but also positive to many. We have quickly realised that the boat yard cannot continue as it is. We will keep you all informed as things progress and what our plans are with frequent updates.

Malcolm and I plan to meet you over the coming weekend and to hear your views of what should be done and your aspirations for the yard. Jill Wedge will circulate times that we are able to meet. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch on email or telephone and I will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible. telephone 07767640986.

On Susie's return from 4 months travelling last summer, she started Tideway Kotare's topsides as well as Sand Dancer's brightwork and paintwork.  Prion then went undercover to have her brightwork stripped then revarnished and Surian's mast was stripped and recoated over the winter with the brightwork and topsides refreshed as usual.

If you would like a free estimate for any painting, varnishing or antifouling do not hesitate to contact Susie on 07968 581593 or

Springtime proved very challenging in 2015, as Hardman Jones were completing the full fit out of their second fishing boat, a Cygnus 23 during their busiest period.  She was completed  and launched on time, and "Seafoam" is now fishing out of Coverack.  Her owner popped in to see them recently to report that the boat and systems are performing well.

Andrew Massey  - Following the successful relaunch of Dawn, a 1905 gentleman's sailing yacht designed by G U Laws and built  by W E Thomas of Falmouth, Andrew went on holiday! Dawn had been booked in for repair work but it soon became  clear that a major refit was necessary.  The only problem was the deadline for the start of the bicentenary celebrations of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.

What's more, Andrew also had to get Fire Dancer, a Kim Holman design from 1965, ready for  exactly the same event.  Long hours ensured that both boats made the celebrations, but only just!

Spaces for this winter still available on the hard, please contact our office manager Katie for more