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 World Sailing 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. A list of our dealers can be found here.

We are also able to build and design and develop boats to specific requirements.

We operate from our workshop of 2500m2, 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.