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Built To Win


The boats are easy to set up and are fast straight away. Our charter boat at the ISAF Youth Worlds was superb and was ready to race!...

- Emile Amoros FRA 1st 29er Worlds 2013 1st ISAF You [Read More]

About Ovington Boats

Ovington Boats is one of the worlds most successful small boat building businesses specialising in the high performance dinghy market. We have an enviable reputation for quality and service across a wide range of products including the manufacture of the Olympic Class 49er, the ISAF and RYA Youth Asymmetric 29er Class, Musto Skiff, VX One, Flying Fifteen and International 14. The business distributes its boats and spares throughout Europe and the rest of the World. Ovington Boats are also able to build and design and develop boats to specific requirements.

We operate from our workshop of just under 1000m2 based in North Shields in the north east of England. All our boats are hand built to the highest standards using a variety of modern materials and construction methods.


Ovington Boats was founded by Dave Ovington in 1975. Dave started off building traditional wooden boats and in particular race winning Enterprises. With the search for lighter boats Dave progressed to using glass fibre and developed the application of vacuum bagged foam sandwich construction. Sadly, in March 2005 Dave died suddenly - but his legacy lives on in the business and the people who have worked at Ovington Boats for many years.

The Ovington Team

Chris Turner

Chris Turner – Managing Director

Chris joined Ovi Boats in 2005, this enabled the company to continue after the sad loss of Dave Ovington. Chris deals with boat building and any technical issues. He has wealth of knowledge of composites and boat manufacture. He's well known in the International 14 and Scorpion fleets both as a sailor and a builder. Chris designs and manufactures all new tooling requirements and deals largely with the internal politics of the 9er builders.

Nigel Carruthers – Operations Director

Nigel started with Ovi's in March 2013 to help direct & improve the production teams. He has a wealth of operational experience having worked in Engineering, FMCG and Automotive industries. Nigel will be improving upon current manufacturing practices & standards in order to ensure our continued growth maintains Ovington's high quality products.


Paul Coyles – Financial Director

Paul Joined the Ovington team in May 2013 to head the finance department. A CIMA qualified accountant with over 15 years experience, Paul has worked across a range of industries where he has thrived on being a hands on team player. Paul's commitment to providing the best level of service is ideally suited to the Ovington brand and a great addition to the team as the business continues to develop the range.

John McAfee - Export Sales Manager



Nathan Batchelor - UK Sales Manager

Nathan first joined us in November 2010, left and returned April 2013. He has a sailing background and regularly competes with his 505 and many other boats. Nathan keeps Ovi’s web site up to date with the latest news and offers so check it out regularly. Whether you would like to purchase from us or have a query about you boat, Nathan is always happy to assist.

Richard Watson - UK Sales



Kathryn Wheatley - Office

Kathryn arrived in January 2010 to work in the Ovington Office. Kathryn is responsible for processing customer orders. This includes liaising with our sales team and our factory to ensure we can fulfil orders as quickly as possible. She is responsible for customer invoicing and organising transport world-wide, ensuring the quickest transfer times are met.

Lisa Marshall - Office

Lisa joined in April 2013 and work's in the Ovington Office. She is responsible for liaising with our factory regarding stock control and requirements, and subsequently handles all purchasing, negotiating prices and orders with our suppliers. Lisa maintains factory documentation, Safety Data sheets, purchase records and pays all of our suppliers. In Kathryn's absence, Lisa also handles customer orders and shipping.



Mark Lashley - Foreman - Laminating

Mark came to Ovington Boats in March 1997 having worked in the fibre glass industry for 15 years. He leads the laminating team and is able to work with epoxy or polyester on any of our products.

Bryan Ward - Foreman - Fitout

Bryan joined Ovington Boats in March 1997 to lead the fitout teams. He ensures that our products leave here conforming to our high quality standards. Bryan is also the master of our rope splicing producing all of our custom rigging.

Laminating Team


Alex Brenner

Davey Carr


Steve Kirby

Shaun King


Connor Armstrong

Sam Stockill


Connor King

Kieran Anderson


Zeth Marnitz

Brian Taylor


Mark McDonnell


Fitout Team


Wayne Craven

Lee Sunderland


Craig Sunderland

Michael Moor


Jake Sanders

Drew Wakenshaw


Tony Hay

Michael West


Tom Scott


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