Commercial Refits at Mylor – going back to our roots

Although Mylor Yacht Harbour is well known as a leisure boating centre, the harbour’s roots lie firmly in commercial shipping. Ever since the days of the packet ships, Mylor has been a base for commercial boat operators from all sectors keen to take advantage of the skills, knowledge and facilities available in the harbour and ashore.

As the harbour has developed and changed since the mid-20th century, the number of leisure boats using the harbour has significantly increased but we have maintained a strong customer base in the commercial sector, notably in the fishing, survey and port operations boats based out of the ports of Falmouth and Truro as well as Newlyn, St Ives, Mevagissey, Newquay, Padstow and beyond.

Mylor's Marine engineers completed a rebuild of the pilot boat Arrow's engine room following a fire.


Our shore side facilities and all tides access allow us to accommodate the majority of small to medium-sized commercial vessels. Where vessels have been too big for our travel- hoist or slipway pad machine we have also contracted larger cranes onto site in the past to facilitate specific projects, for example the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners Halmatic pilot boat “Arrow” for the complete rebuild of her engine room following a fire.


We are fortunate to directly employ a skilled and talented workforce covering all of the trades (The Marine Team). This enables us not only to carry out a wide selection of refit and service work, but also to manage larger or more complex refit projects nimbly and efficiently without the need to rely on contractors. In our experience this contributes to three effects:

– We can deliver projects more efficiently within the required time frame
– We can manage costs far more effectively
– We can offer a far more reliable and effective warranty and after care service

The wealth of knowledge is really significant: the custom nature of much of the work that we do needs a variety of skilled, knowledgeable technicians to come up with suitable and effective solutions so we are really fortunate to call on many decades of cumulative experience from our team as well as solid relationships with suppliers and other contractors for specialist advice and support.

Commercial projects are often regulated in one way or another and we are fortunate to have had a lot of experience with coding work and funded projects in particular, enabling the owners to keep progress through what can sometimes be a quagmire of paperwork and compliance.

Tiger Lilly Survey Catamaran having works completed at Mylor Boat Yard, Cornwall



The survey catamaran Tiger Lily has undergone a number of medium sized projects over the past 5 years including fitting a hydraulic A-frame and winch, major works to her engines, exhaust work, interior modifications and annual servicing including anodes, antifoul and propulsion/auxiliary engines.



Similarly, the potting/netting vessels Galcadora , Serene and Tizzardlee-on (all owned by Martin Gilbert) have been long users of our services. Whether it be for parts/spares and service items, or full blown refit funded through EFF or EMFF fisheries grants we have carried out a huge variety of tasks over the years and supported the owner and skippers to solve a number of breakdowns which have kept the boats working.

Tizzardlee-on emerging from the workshop after her refit at Mylor Yacht Harbour                             Galcadora fishing boat on the pontoons at Mylor Harbour after having refit works completed by the Marine Team

Time being of the essence with commercial operators, our approach is to have a single point of contact who can manage commercial projects from the planning stage right through to handover and aftercare. In fact, the majority of our commercial customers return to us regularly and have an ongoing programme of maintenance and service work with us long after the large refit has completed.

We prefer to develop a long-standing relationship with the vessel and operator so that we can better serve their needs and respond quicker in the event of a breakdown, getting the boat back to work as quickly as possible.

If you would like to discuss a commercial project, the outcome of a survey or a schedule of works you have planned, I would be more than happy to talk to you over the phone or in person.
You can contact me via email or phone on the details below.

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Henry Goldsmith, Project manager, Mylor Yacht Harbour Ltd
E: / T: 01326 372 121