Dolphin Boatyard is found at the head of Galmpton Creek, three miles upriver from Dartmouth.
The yard provides storage and workspace for leisure and commercial vessels displacing up to 65 tonnes and drawing up to 2.5m. Much of the boat storage area is in former quarries where the quarry walls provide shelter from winter storms. The 30 acre waterside site, which is heavily wooded, provides tranquillity just a few yards away from the hubbub of a busy working boatyard.
Ships have been built on Galmpton Creek since Tudor times. From 1824 when the Gibbs family were building fishing boats there has been a continuous history of boat and shipbuilding on the site. Trawlers and smacks were built for the fleets of Brixham, Ramsgate and Lowestoft. During wartime the yard was fully employed building light naval craft.
Dolphin Boatyard Ltd, which took on ownership and operation of the yard from MDL in March 2023 is the latest incarnation of that long tradition.