About us

Specialist Boat Repairers in the West Country, South-West and Wales

Finished Contender outside our workshop

Our Workshop

For 20+ years Pete has been running boat repair businesses based in North Somerset and the surrounding areas. Now we are located in Lydney in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire – with easy access from the M5 and the M4. (directions) We provide quality repairs to sailing dinghies of all types, but we are particularly expert in GRP repairs to the RS and Laser classes. We can also undertake repairs to rotomoulded boats. As well as repairs we are happy to take on general refurbishment and low key TLC work. We are specialists in the whole RS range, most of the Laser range, Enterprises, Solos, Cadets, Mirrors, Fireballs and Fireflies.

We can safely say there is not a repair on an RS200, RS400, Enterprise and Fireball we have not tackled! In conjunction with the widely recognised repair guru Andy Willcocks the company has built a very strong reputation for quality repair work, often tackling some of the most difficult rebuild jobs imaginable – including boats badly damaged in road accidents. We are approved repair centres for leading insurance companies including Noble Marine, Newton Crum, GJW and Craftinsure.

``Altogether a professional and friendly service from a guy well known on the dinghy circuit`` - Alan Bolton

We can also provide free advice and guide you through the maze of different classes to help you find the right boat for you. We have extensive connections to help you sell your boat. We are also able to help with collecting and delivering boats and parts for repair and sale all over the UK and mainland Europe – just ask for a quote.

“As a customer I have always found Pete to be a great source of advice on both the RS200 and RS400. He has an unparalleled knowledge of both the repair/maintenance of the boats and on how to get the best out of the boats on the water.” - Emmett Ryan – Ireland

Our Team

Pete Vincent

West Country Boat Repairs was set up more than 20 years ago by Pete Vincent. Pete has massive experience in the dinghy marine trade. He has also sailed competitively in a range of different classes for many years in both the UK and abroad. There are not many people in the dinghy world who have not heard of Pete; and there are not many sailing clubs in Britain he has not visited. Pete has owned a chandlery, run boat repair businesses, been chairman of 2 of Britain’s largest class associations, editor of Dinghy Sailing Magazine and has a major CV in race results across one design classes.

Penni Vincent

Pete’s wife Penni helps him run the business, providing client liaison, administration support as well as hands-on repair work. She has a background in fundraising and sales.

Andy Wilcox

Based in Clevedon, Andy is a specialist in wooden repairs and also gets involved in some of the more complex structural repairs. Andy has 20 years experience in the industry. He is a keen Fireball sailor and an expert in that class.

Bailey

Bailey, the office and workshop dog 🙂

Grant Wilton

We have also been joined in recent years by Grant who was new to boat repairing until he came on one of our courses. He enjoyed it so that much he contacted us afterwards to see if we needed a trainee repairer as he was looking to retire from his IT business. It was an ideal time for us to take on someone new and Grant has become an invaluable member of the team. His skills have developed over the years and he is now a very competent repairer with additional knowledge in rotomoulded boat repairs. He as also brought with him an extensive array of weird and wonderful tools and equipment which he occasionally lets us borrow.

Matt Cooper

In 2018 Matt also came on board. He is fast learning all the skills required to be a good GRP boat repairer. He brings with him considerable engineering skills and he now undertakes our trailer and trolley servicing.