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Posted by member Richard Stewart on Wednesday 1 July 2020

Sad to read today in Motor Boat owner,
UK boat builder, Windboats Marine entered
administration in April ‘due to a general downturn
in orders and the untimely impact of the COVID-19
pandemic’. The Norfolk-based company operates as a boatyard and boatbuilder, building Gunfleet cruising yachts and the Hardy range of motorboats.
2020 marked the centenary year for the builder. It was established in 1920
when it produced, what is described as, ‘one of the finest fleets of hire boats
on the Norfolk Broads’, later known as ‘Windboats’. After building vessels for
World War II, the yard and business changed hands twice before moving into
GRP yacht production, and a 30-year relationship with Oyster Marine was
established. In 2013, Windboats acquired the Norfolk motorboat builder, Hardy
Marine, with its 32-62ft range of models, with a partnership later created with
British yacht brand, Gunfleet Marine. Ensors Chartered Accountants were
appointed Joint Administrators and were actively looking for a buyer for the
business. Contacting Ensors in late June, Motorboat Owner was told that the
administrators were waiting to hear back from the insolvency practitioner.

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