Arbor Yachts

Hand crafted wooden yachts

    • Workshop

    Strip planked

    in cedar

    • Cedar Hull

    elegance and

    attention to detail

    • Cabin interior.

    Hand crafted, wooden yachts.

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About Arbor Yachts

Arbor Yachts Ltd is a new company, formed in May, 2012, to build beautiful, production wooden yachts with modern performance and design. The company was born from the experience and observations that grew from our involvement in The Boat Project, ( an amazing project conceived, produced and directed by the artists Lone Twin, part of an Arts Council Initiative for the Cultural Olympiad - Artists taking the Lead. During the project we spent some time in conversation with Simon Rogers, discussing the potential to develop the design into a more practical yacht. As Collective Spirit developed, we saw the potential of marrying a modern hull design and construction and the performance that brings, with a little of the style and elegance from my experience, to produce a yacht that is a pleasure to sail, to look at, and to own. The Boat Project was all of these things, but designed for the very specific dual purpose of being a day sailer and a piece of art; we looked to design a yacht with a wider range of use. In automotive terms, you could describe Collective Spirit as the concept car. We wanted to build the road going version. 
We are building yachts that you enjoy at every level of the experience. Whether you are looking for rewarding cruising, or IRC or One Design racing, she is simply a fantastic sailing yacht! With a large cockpit and four berths, you can day sail with 6 on board, stay overnight with 4, or cruise for a week or two with 2 onboard. Likewise we are confident that one person could sail her singlehanded, and yet the design is such that there is plenty of reward for effort and skill.

Meet the Team


Jesse Loynes

After more than a decade restoring classic yachts, Jesse Loynes was the lead boatbuilder on the Boat Project, part of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Games. Working with Mark Covell, a core team of boatbuilders and a wonderful group of volunteers, he helped build one of the most widely recognised and beautiful yachts of recent years.
After some time spent as a sailing instructor, Jesse trained at the Internatinal Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft, before taking a series of placements to gain a greater depth of knowledge and experience in all areas of traditional wooden boatbuilding. After time on the Thames, in Maldon in Essex, and at Hillyards in Littlehampton, Jesse relocated to Chichester Harbour. When the opportunity to be involved with The Boat Project arrived, it was destined to move his career into new directions. 18 months spent working with some of the very best people in each of the fields provided the chance to launch Arbor Yachts, and bring his idea of the perfect sailing yacht to fruition.

Yacht Design - Simon Rogers

Simon gained valuable experience with his father, Jeremy Rogers and actively taking part in events such as the Admirals Cup and Sardinia Cup.

Following formal design training, Simon worked on projects such as the Whitbread yacht, Rothmans, and IOR projects before founding Rogers Yacht Design in 1990. Recent projects have included the Artemis Open 60, The Boat Project, and the ISS Award winning Aegir.


Technical Advisor - Mark Covell

With a long history of racing at the highest levels, as well as plenty of boat building, Mark was a valuable source of experience and advice as we formed Arbor Yachts.