We pride ourselves on our innovation, design and products, which are demonstrated within our boat range.

Pilot Boat Builders

Our reputation relies on the fact that we only build quality vessels designed to be reliable over long periods, which are quick and easy to maintain. We listen to what our client is intending to achieve and design a boat to deliver that specific requirement.

Customers value our attention to detail and the savings our thorough work produces for them over the lifetime of a vessel. Through close relationships with our clientele and extensive studies into their working conditions, operator necessities, sea state and the latest technology available, we have successfully designed and built vessels for many professional and leading associations.

Pilot Boat Builders
Harbour Dredging Kari Hege

Harbour Dredging

Goodchild Marine realised the potential for a dredger that could dredge in marinas and awkward places, which could build quay headings and drive piles. 

Our expertise in dredging and design was recognised and in 2009 we were awarded a contract to design and build Kari Hege, a specialist 20 metre by 10 metre spud-leg pontoon to dredge a new basin in Wells Harbour to support a large offshore wind farm.

Driven by a 200 horsepower Hydromaster propulsion unit, Kari Hege was fitted out with the latest depth monitoring technology and a long-reach JCB back hoe.

Goodchild Marine Range

ORC 121 Fast Patrol Craft

This 121 Fast Pilot Vessel is designed by Pantocarene Limited, and provides fuel-efficient running at service speed, combined with excellent sea-keeping allowing surprisingly high transit speeds even in rough weather.


ORC 136 Fast Patrol Craft (Hybrid)

Designed by Pantocarene Naval Architects this hull form is fast and efficient lending itself to a Hybrid option, whilst maintaining the characteristics of the ORC 136.

ORC 136 Fast Patrol Craft (Hybrid)

Goodchild Marine Team

Tony Birr

Business Development

Stephen Pierce

General Manager


Alan Goodchild


Goodchild Marine Services Ltd

Burgh Castle Yacht Station
Butt Lane
Burgh Castle
Great Yarmouth
NR31 9PZ
t: +44 (0) 1493 782301

Goodchild Marine Services Ltd

Goodchild Marine News


Duchy of Cornwall Invests in New Pilot Vessel for Isles of Scilly

The Duchy of Cornwall has announced a major investment in its maritime operations at St. Mary’s Harbour on the Isles of Scilly with the purchase of a new pilot vessel from Goodchild Marine Services...

Port of London Authority awards pilot vessel contract to family-owned British boat builder

Following a competitive, international selection process, the Port of London Authority (PLA) has signed a contract with British family-run company, Goodchild Marine Services Ltd, to build a new pilot vessel. With 95 miles of the...
Tidal Transit kicks off £8m project to deliver the world’s first retrofit E-CTV with offshore and onshore Charging

Tidal Transit kicks off £8m project to deliver the world’s first retrofit E-CTV with...

Tidal Transit, supplier of purpose-design crew transfer vessels for the offshore wind industry, has begun the design and engineering phase of a groundbreaking project to deliver the world’s first retrofit electric crew transfer vessel...

New Pilot Boat DPC Dodder arrives in Dublin Port

Dublin Port Company has taken delivery of a new Pilot Boat, named DPC Dodder. The state-of-the art vessel, which represents a significant investment to support the critical service performed by the pilots and pilot...

MAN Engines conquers pilot boat market in UK

MAN D2676 engines in two different output levels; high level of practical expertise; competent local partner The MAN D2676 on their way to the Goodchild Marine Services shipyard. These are the first MAN engines to...
pilot vessels destined for British ports enhanced by AST's iRAMS cost-saving technology

9 more state-of-the-art pilot vessels destined for British ports enhanced by AST’s iRAMS cost-saving...

AST has announced a new order of 9 iRAMS systems with a long-term client and UK boat-builder, Goodchild Marine Services Limited. The Norfolk boat-builder, in business for more than 40 years, has been building the...

Hypro Marine awarded prestigious Pilot Boat contract

Hypro Marine awarded prestigious UK contract with Goodchild Marine Services Ltd Lymington based, Hypro Marine – leading designers and manufacturers of Marine Hydraulic Steering systems have been awarded the contract for the supply of Hydraulic...

£9m pilot vessel order placed with UK boat-builder by Associated British Ports

Nine new state-of-the-art pilot boats have been ordered by Associated British Ports in a £9 million investment to enhance operations. Norfolk-based Goodchild Marine Services has been commissioned to build the vessels, which are faster and...
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Fishing industry to benefit from new craft by pioneering Norfolk company

Goodchild Marine’s new contract will see the acclaimed Norfolk boatbuilder make a return to its roots. Managing director Alan Goodchild built his first fishing boat for his hometown of Great Yarmouth, shortly after he set...

ORC 121 Fast Patrol Craft

ORC 121 Fast Patrol CraftGoodchild Marine ORC 121 Fast Patrol Craft Description This 121 Fast Pilot Vessel is designed by Pantocarene Limited, and provides fuel-efficient running at service speed, combined with excellent sea-keeping allowing surprisingly high...

Boat ordered from Goodchild Marine will focus on crew comfort

Norfolk boat builder Goodchild Marine has secured a contract to build the third ORC 121 in a year. The Cattewater Harbour Commissioners, Plymouth, have ordered the popular vessel from the Great Yarmouth company’s flagship range,...
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