About Us


Key Yachting Ltd is the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland for four of the world’s leading brands of sailing boats: J Boats, Grand Soleil Yachts, Nautitech Catamarans, and Tofinou.


Established in 1996 by Paul and Marie-Claude Heys, Key Yachting has been part of the UK maritime community for over 25 years. Paul Heys, much-loved by the entire sailing community, ‘sailed on’ in 2019. Two years later, Marie-Claude Heys decided that the time was right to return to her roots in offshore sailing.


Located at Hamble Point Marina, Key Yachting is at the very centre of the UK yacht racing arena. Since 2012, Key Yachting has diversified into leisure brands including the blue-water cruising Nautitech Catamarans and the distinctive classic daysailers from Tofinou.


Key Yachting has organised the annual J-Cup Regatta for over 20 years. Exclusively for J Boats, hundreds of sailors of all abilities gather for three days of racing and shoreside fun. Key Yachting supports numerous J/Boat UK Class Associations including National, European and World Championship Regattas.


A new chapter for Key Yachting started in 2021 with Hayley Quinn and Wayne Palmer taking over the helm. Wayne is a highly successful Hampshire-based business owner and a keen sailor having competed in two Fastnets and the marathon Round Britain and Ireland Race. Hayley is an experienced qualified accountant with a passion for managing leisure focused businesses. The core of Key Yachting team has kept together including Sales Director Hannah Le Prevost, who has been an integral part of Key Yachting team for 11 years.


Key Yachting’s After Sales Team offers advice and service including maintenance packages on all our boats. Key Yachting also provide custom solutions tailored to the owner’s requirements. Hard stand and marina berths in Hamble are available at competitive rates.


Key Yachting’s Pre-Owned Brokerage has all the advantages of a vast database of prospective owners, unequalled by any other company. This is backed up by Key Yachting’s unrivalled knowledge of J Boats, Grand Soleil, Tofinou, and Nautitech.


Friendly and enthusiastic, the Key Yachting team has a wealth of knowledge in every aspect of boat ownership. Buying a boat is a major step and our long list of loyal customers returns to us, not only because of our world-class brands, but because they can trust our advice. We pride ourselves on listening to the needs of our customer, we strive to find the right boat for you.