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50 Tonnes Roodberg Boat Hoist

DORSET Yacht Co dark red– Home to Boston Whaler in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands

Established in 1938, Dorset Yacht Company have had the pleasure of managing the UK Boston Whaler Distributorship which includes the Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland, for over 40 years. Sales and Service operations are run from our own “Lake Yard” marina and boat yard (originally known as Dorset Lake Shipyard).

From a boat purchasing perspective, our customers can rely on a truly marine-friendly team at Dorset Yacht Co, who have all owned or currently own a Whaler – for no other reason than they are the most versatile, sound and fun day boat for the sea conditions here in the UK.

What our customers say:

My whole experience of buying my new Boston Whaler 250 Outrage has been excellent.

You gave me great advice when I was deciding what I wanted, and I really did appreciate your patience and flexibility as I repeatedly changed my mind. The detailed fitting out of the boat was then a thoroughly enjoyable experience, to the degree that I was almost sorry when the boat was finished and ready. Nothing was ever too much trouble for you; even down to Deb’s bacon sarnies at dawn – which was well beyond all reasonable expectations! My only disappointment is that I now no longer have an excuse to go back to your excellent restaurant!

As for the boat itself, I knew it would be super, and I’ve not been disappointed. It’s been an absolute pleasure to drive and own such a high-quality boat, and to feel so confident that it won’t ever let me down.

To any others who may be considering a Boston Whaler, I would wholeheartedly recommend both the brand, and the 250 Outrage in particular!

I would also unreservedly recommend the Dorset Yacht Company – and have already done so.”

DYC: “Thank you for sharing this John, very humbling, but all the more rewarding knowing we’re looking after our customers to the best of our abilities to enhance this awesome brand here in the UK, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland.”


Perfectly located on the edge of Poole Harbour, our marina, offices and boatyard facilities are right on the doorstep of Dorset’s unique marine playground. In fact, our Marina is directly adjacent to the only approved water skiing area within Poole Harbour!  Known to be the second largest natural harbour in the world, Poole Harbour is studded with islands and history, making it a place of outstanding natural beauty to explore by boat and enjoy the many water sport activities.  Studland and Bournemouth beaches are among the best in the country and are very popular anchorage havens for many boats from Poole and further afield.


We own and operate a fifty berth deep water Marina accommodating vessels of up to 15 metres. South facing, our Marina complex benefits from natural deep water access at all stages of the tide making it a highly practical base to boat from for all Whaler customers. There is a 50 tonne Travel Hoist that enables larger vessels to be retrieved and launched with ease, and for smaller vessels there is a Hiab crane which can lift out and launch all Boston Whalers up to 21 feet. Also onsite, we have our own 3,000 square foot Boston Whaler Boathouse which provides ample space for display, service / boat-rigging, and winter storage.  While security is always an issue on the harbour edge, our site and marina are constantly monitored by CCTV and we are very fortunate to have the Royal Marines Base, right next door!


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A new 250 Outrage is lifted from Marina to awaiting transport
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Hiab Crane on marina edge for smaller Whalers


Boat Lifting

  • 50 Tonnes Roodberg Boat Hoist (up to approx. 62’)
  • 6 Tonnes Iron Fairly Mobile Crane
  • 1.5 Tonnes Dockside HIAB Crane
  • Lift on and off transport
  • Lift and hold for summer



Specialist Boston Whaler hull maintenance and engine servicing including antifouling, hull polishing and valeting and fibre-glass repairs.



Our specialist Boston Whaler technicians are perfectly set up with workshop facilities on site for all outboard engine servicing, rigging for both Mercury and Yamaha outboard engines.  We also have on-site stern-drive contractors/marine engineers.

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Boston Whaler UK Boat House

Boat House

Customers can opt to winterize their boat under cover in our dedicated Boston Whaler Boat House, which is also perfect for all-year-round engineering maintenance and new boat display.


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Boston Whaler Pontoons – Lake Yard Marina


Marina Berths and Pontoon Berths

Lake Yard’s marina, constructed in 1996, has permanent pontoon berthing facilities for up to 44 boats. There are additional active berthing facilities for craft using the swinging moorings and visiting boats. Our deep water pontoons are accessible at all states of the tide without grid or lock restrictions. A large area of the dock is naturally deep water and is based on wave screen construction.  Parking…. Shower facilities ….  Security ….  Wifi ….



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Lake Yard Marina Swinging Moorings

Swinging Moorings

Lake Yard’s deep water swinging moorings are located to the North and to the South of the Wareham Channel. Lake Yard operates a launch shuttle service between the boats and the dock pontoon.



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View from Lake Yard Club and Restaurant

Lake Yard Club/Restaurant

Lake Yard Club Bar and Restaurant, overlooks the Boston Whaler pontoon in our marina, Poole Harbour and the Arne peninsular beyond. With seating and tables set out on the decking and a spacious indoor bar/restaurant, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a delicious snack or meal and absorb the vista whether you have a boat or not.


DORSET Yacht Co dark redOfficial Boston Whaler Distributors for UK, Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands – for over 40 years!