About Us

Turks Shipyard and Drydock offers boatyard services and facilities for DIY boatbuilding or boat repairs for houseboats or Dutch barges

Turks Shipyard is based in Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent, and offers professional boat maintenance, repairs and boatyard storage. Before becoming a barge maintenance centre, this fully operational Thames shipyard was used to build Second World War submarines and, after the war, the facility spent many years without being used. Today, it is one of the best-known historic boatyards in the UK, and home to Turks expert boat and barge maintenance services.

Turks Shipyard Ltd in Chatham, originally a river family of boat builders and passenger boat operators, has turned this UK boatyard back into a fully operational dry dock and slipway. This historic UK shipyard on the Thames specialises in boat maintenance services for Dutch barges and river boats.

The slipway and dry docking facilities are available for passenger boats, as well as narrow boat maintenance and Dutch barge maintenance services. In addition we offer boat maintenance for various other craft and our large Thames boatyard can accommodate new builds for luxury house boats, narrow boats and Dutch barges. Contact Turks Shipyard via phone or email for further information on our professional services.



All the usual boatyard facilities are available including:

  • New Builds
  • Boatyard Repairs
  • Boat Refits
  • Routine Maintenance
  • Emergency Repairs on Passenger Boats, Dutch Barges, Work Barges, Piers, Pontoons and all other vessels.