Iron Wharf

Iron Wharf Boatyard was set up over 40 years ago by two Thames sailing barge owners, Alan Reekie and Peter Dodds, and its success has enabled it to continue into the 21st Century

Iron Wharf is essentially a ‘do it yourself’ boatyard where boat owners can undertake all kinds of boat building projects, large and small. For owners of traditional wood, steel, or GRP boats, Iron Wharf offers some of the finest facilities, and expertise on the East Coast.

Ironwharf Boatyard is on the well-buoyed Faversham Creek.

The DIY boatyard offers spacious storage ashore or mud berths and moorings alongside a traditional wharf, in a beautiful countryside setting, whilst being just a short walk from all amenities of the charming medieval market town of Faversham in Kent.


  • Access 24/7 office open 9.00 to 5.00 daily.
  • Long term and short term moorings alongside our quay in soft mud berths.
  • Long and short term storage ashore for new builds, refits or temporary layups.
  • Cranage – Driven by our skilled and experienced operators,
    our cranes can handle boats up to 16 tons displacement.
    We will also arrange cranage for larger vessels.
  • Dry dock facility for vessels up to 100ft overall.
  • Tug service.
  • Electricity, water and diesel supplies.
  • On site storage units, sheds and containers.
  • On site toilets, showers and laundry facilities.
  • Access to many maritime professionals and tradesmen.
  • On site Chandlery, an independent business offering unparalleled support for the DIY er.

Storage & Containers

We have a wide range of containers and sheds  available for rent.


Charter the “Mirosa”

-A traditional Thames sailing barge-
82ft long, 21ft wide, weighs 80 tons, 125 years old and still
“no engine”
Mirosa 2017

MIROSA was built in 1892 at Maldon, Essex by John Howard.  Originally called “the READY” she was built primarily for carrying hay, straw and timber between the port of London and the rivers along the Essex, Kent and Suffolk coasts.

Mirosa has been based at the Iron Wharf Boatyard for 40 years from where she has undergone extensive rebuilding.

During the summer months Mirosa is available for Company Charters and Day Trips for individuals.  If you would like to experience the delight of engineless sailing, on a 125 year old spritsail barge, then make up your own party of 12, or come as individuals and we will make up the party, or would your company like a charter?


Whether it is for current rates, selling, buying, repairs, advice, or to check out the freedom a DIY boatyard can offer you.  Whatever the reason we look forward to hearing from you.

Tel: 01795 536296

Iron Wharf Boatyard, Abbeyfields, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7BY.