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Our Story

Towards the end of the 1990s John and Caroline Charnley started looking for the perfect short-handed cruising yacht to indulge their passion for sailing, while allowing them to enjoy a level of comfort that few performance sailboats can deliver. Having failed to find a solution to meet their needs, they commissioned renowned designer Ron Holland and the Discovery 55 was born.

Discovery Yachts was founded in 1998 and set out to create the world’s most perfect blue-water cruising yachts designed to take two people around the world on the ultimate journey of discovery.

More than a decade on Discovery Yachts is a thriving business with a team of over 100 working from its base in Southampton, including in-house naval architects, designers and expert craftsmen. We currently produce ten exceptional yachts per year with high levels of customisation specific to each owner.

We have an ever expanding family of large numbers of owners who share with us their stories of adventure and sailing from around the world. Everyone who works for Discovery shares in the dream that is bluewater sailing. 
Our management team are dedicated to providing a service that is defined by the quality of our design, build and customer care. Owning a Discovery should be the ultimate experience of a lifetime.

Harbour Yard – the home of Discovery

Harbour Yard on Southampton Water is our modern, purpose-built design and manufacturing facility. Discover more.

Our Company History

Chart our progress as we've established a worldwide reputation.
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Our Team


Meet the people behind the success of Discovery Yachts.
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Naval Architects

Meet Ron Holland, Bill Dixon and Ken Freivokh, our exceptional designers.
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Our Hallmarks

Performance, Safety, Luxury and Quality are Discovery's hallmarks.
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