Inland boating specialist since 1946

Celebrating over 75 years of dedicated service and customer satisfaction.

“Established in 1946 as L.H. Jones & Son Ltd, our family business is in its third generation of ownership and is believed to be England’s oldest inland marina.”


Perfectly situated beside St.Ives, the picturesque marina offers peaceful moorings in natural surroundings.

Our extensive chandlery is the largest in the area, offering a great choice of essential boating equipment with friendly and knowledgable staff to hand seven days a week.

Our brokerage department offers a wide selection of quality used craft and full boatyard facilities to handle and manage a professional sale. Excellent impartial advice is always available from the team.


History of L.H. Jones & Son

L.H. Jones & Son (boatbuilders) Ltd was established in 1946 when Laurie Jones with his wife, Nora left the RAF and started a small boatyard on the Hartford Meadows consisting of one large hut, part of which he converted into living quarters where he built punts and sailing dinghies. Mr Banham of Cambridge told Laurie “you will never make any money building dinghies; build motor cruisers”.


So LH Jones started converting ships lifeboats and went on to build small yachts and motor cruisers. In 1958 they moved to the current 13 acre site by St.Ives Staunch. It is thought to be the oldest inland marina in Britain. Many crafts like Goosander, pictured above, were built at the marina and can still be seen on the river today. Jones Boatyard continues today, now a third generation family business.