The South Coast Marine Cluster is leading development of technologies, systems, processes and skills in design, manufacture and repair for the commercial ship, yacht and boat building industry. There is a significant Ministry of Defence presence across the South Coast, which offers varied and plentiful R&D and supply chain opportunities.

For full details of the South Coast Marine Cluster’s Design, Engineering and Manufacturing research institutions and testing facilities and examples of South Coast businesses succeeding in this field, please download the brochure here.

SC Group launch trials at RNLI Dorset
Princess Yachts

The South Coast Yacht Industry

Pendennis, Cornwall, has one of the world’s leading custom superyacht build and refit facilities. Sunseeker International exports c.140 yachts a year to more than 45 countries. North Sails Gosport has the largest global network of any sailmaker. Princess Yachts International, one of the leading motor yacht manufacturers in Europe, builds M Class yachts in Plymouth.

The University of Exeter Additive Layer Manufacturing Centre works on all stages of the manufacturing process. The University of Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute and Lloyds Register partnership offers excellence in engineering, legal and environmental disciplines and human factors. The National Composite Centre aims to accelerate the growth of UK industrial output by enabling design and manufacturing enterprises.

University of Exeter
Southampton Solent University

The University of Plymouth Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre has a particular strength in marine environment composites. The Marine Navigation Centre uses state-of- the-art facilities to demonstrate and teach navigation of super tanks or super yachts. Almost all the technical leads of the world’s superyacht design houses are alumni of Solent University’s Southampton Solent University Warsash Maritime Academy.