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About Lake Yard

Flying the Lake Yard Flag since 1938

Dorset Lake Shipyard has been operating as a family-owned business since 1938. Originally operating as a yacht and commercial ship builders, Dorset Yacht Company became the sole distributor for the prestigious Boston Whaler Brand in the UK, Channel Islands and Ireland IN 1978.  In 1996, brothers Russell and Robin Culpan developed the site to incorporate a unique 44-berth marina, service facilities with travel lift, and spacious clubhouse and restaurant.

Today, Russell, the Culpan family and the Lake Yard team are truly committed to sharing this unique harbourside location with our marina berth holders and club members.

History. Tradition. Expertise. Passion.

A Place for Everyone

Lake Yard’s marina is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Wild seals are a regular and, being situated directly opposite the RSPB reserve at Arne and with the anchorages of Brownsea Island and Round island only minutes away, the bird life is prodigious. Avian visitors include common shelduck, pied avocet, spoonbill and sandwich tern and the once rare little egrets are now seen in increasing numbers.

For those that prefer more adrenalin-based activities, the harbour water ski lanes and PWC area are very close by, and our calm waters are perfect for any form of paddling from Kayaks to SUPs.  During WW2 the BOAC flying boats used this stretch of water for landing. In fact, the area is so rich in history starting from pre-Iron Age settlements on the shores, that you would need months to explore it properly.

Old Harry Rocks
Brownsea Castle in Poole Harbour
Lake Yard | The Home of Boston Whaler UK & Ireland

The Centre of Everything

Some of the ‘must-do’ attractions if you are in the area for any length of time include visits to Old Town Poole and its historic quay (within walking distance) or to the Isle of Purbeck and it’s many attractions including Corfe Castle, Swanage, Lulworth, Durdle Door and Tyneham. Just a short sail away is Studland Bay with its stunning anchorages next to the iconic sea stacks of Old Harry Rocks and, of course, Brownsea Island. If you still have time, take the boat for a day in Swanage Bay, another beautiful anchorage with a lively seaside town, take the dinghy up to Wareham, a great market town with many hostelries, or get close to the famous ‘Millionaire’s Row’ of Sandbanks as you sail into the harbour.

A short walk of under 10 minutes provides the choice of two pubs and three cafés, with a 25 minute walk to the bustling port of Poole Quay. For general provisions, there is a corner shop less than a ten minute walk away, with a larger Co-op slightly further and Poole town centre offering several large supermarkets and facilities. The nearest Chandlery is a 15 minutes walk to Cobbs Quay or 25 minutes to Poole Quay.

Meet theTeam

Tracie Shroder | Lake Yard Group Accountant

Tracie Shroder

Group Accountant

Jenny Burrows | Lake Yard Marina & Moorings Manager

Jenny Burrows

Marina & Moorings Manager

Clare Merton | Lake Yard Marina | Membership Secretary

Clare Merton

Membership Secretary

Seonagh Guthrie | Lake Yard Club | General Manager

Seonagh Guthrie

Club General Manager

Richard Smedley | Lake Yard | Head Chef

Richard Smedley

Head Chef

Dave Booth | Lake Yard | Boat Yard Manager

Dave Booth

Boat Yard Manager

Adam Dickinson | Lake Yard Marina | Yard Hand

Adam Dickinson

Yard Hand

Graham Wiffen | Lake Yard | Yard Hand

Graham Whiffen

Yard Hand

Richard Brown | Lake Yard | Yard Hand

Richard Brown

Yard Hand

Noel Lilley | Lake Yard Marina | Bosun

Noel Lilley

Water Taxi Bosun