About Us

Since 1996

We are a family-run boat sales company, selling yachts from the Hamble and Southampton area since 1996. We understand that buying a boat is a major step, and pride ourselves on listening to the needs of our customers, in order to find the right boat for you.

The company is owned by Marie-Claude Heys, a racing sailor from an early age. Marie-Claude leads a friendly and enthusiastic team, all of whom have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to boat buying, selling and sailing. Key Yachting’s long list of loyal customers return to us not only because of our esteemed brands, but because they can trust the advice they will receive from us.

Key Yachting is most widely recognised as the distributor for J Boats in the UK. Our relationship with J Boats dates back to 1994, when our founder Paul personally collected the first J Boat for the UK, the J/92. Since then the J Boats brand has gone from strength to strength, and is now established as one of the biggest names in racing boats. There is nobody better placed to advise on these market leading boats than us.

Our reputation and ethic have helped us to gain exclusive distributorship of our additional three brands; Grand Soleil, Tofinou, and Nautitech Catamarans. We are the best performing dealer for the latter, for the second successive year!



Our office at Hamble Point Marina, Hamble, is ideally located on one of the busiest rivers for sailing and racing in the country. Our customers are welcome to visit us seven days a week, to view our range of new or second hand yachts. Our pool of marina berths, which are available at very competitive rates, is located at nearby Port Hamble Marina.


Supporting sailing

At Key Yachting we are passionate about sustaining the sport of sailing. Working with many sailing clubs throughout the UK, we dedicate a great deal of time and energy into hosting and supporting events where our customers can enjoy their yachts. We will do as much as we can to encourage new people into sailing, and to help experienced sailors make use of their boats, and we will always take time to offer as much advice as possible to anybody that needs it. We are extremely proud of the sailing communities we are part of in the UK and beyond.

If you are considering selling your boat, please consider our brokerage service.

Did you know that Key Yachting Services offer marina berths, storage ashore, and a maintenance service?

Why choose Key Yachting Ltd

  • We are the most qualified company in the UK to advise on J Boats, Grand Soleil, Tofinou, and Nautitech.
  • Our new boats are consistently race winning and award winning
  • We are open 7 days a week for trial sails
  • Selling your boat? Have it displayed at the entrance to Hamble Point Marina
  • All pre-owned boats listed with us will also feature on
  • We can help you buy, sell, store and maintain your boat