About Us

Since 1996

Key Yachting has been part of the marine business in Hamble and the 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.

Key Yachting has a friendly and enthusiastic team, who have a wealth of knowledge in every aspect of boat ownership. Our long list of loyal customers return to us, not only because of our world-class brands, but because they can trust our advice.

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 Heys 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.

Key Yachting became the UK distributor for Nautitech in 2012, we knew the brand would complement our performance monohull ranges. It took 2-3 years for our customers to really appreciate the appeal of these boats, and we now sell more Nautitech Catamarans to private individuals than any other dealer.

Key Yachting have been selling new Grand Soleil for well over a decade. Our owners are typically couples or families looking for the comfort of a blue water cruiser, without compromising the characteristics of an outstanding performance yacht. The latest award winning boats include the new Grand Soleil 44 which has won Performance Boat of the Year at the British Yachting Awards 2020.

Key Yachting has been part of the Tonifou story since 2014. Crafted by French boat builder Latitude 46 for over 25 years, the Tofinou range is a very distinctive brand of classic day sailers and weekenders, with models from 7m to 16m in length. Tofinou delivers a head-turning experience under sail, due to their classic lines and stunning hand-built finish.

Our reputation and ethic have helped us to gain exclusive distributorship of our additional four brands; J Boats, Grand Soleil, Tofinou, and Nautitech Catamarans. There is nobody better placed to advise on these market leading boats than us.



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 can view our range of new or second hand yachts. Our pool of marina berths, which are available at very competitive rates, is located at 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