our history

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Peter Leonard Marine was founded in 1970 by Peter H.J. Leonard, who now enjoys over 40 years of marine experience and a vast knowledge of most marine systems.

Originally, the company was situated in Newhaven Marina but in 1987 moved to larger premises further up the River Ouse. In 1990 Peter bought out a local engineering company called Irving engineering to expand his business and in the same year his son Peter (junior) started work with the company, supporting the experienced service team.

In 1992 Peter Leonard negotiated the acquisition of some river frontage to develop his own Marina, and the company moved to its current location on Denton Island, Newhaven.

Peter,  his wife Maureen his son Peter (jnr) have worked hard to develop a pleasant, picturesque boat yard, which is now capable of accommodating 150 boats on land and water.

At the end of 2002, Peter Leonard acquired ‘the old dairy’ situated behind the existing boat yard. This has allowed a large expansion in both the workshop facilities and to the chandlery side of the business and also a larger office, which was extending in 2012 to accommodate the every growing stock of engine spares and chandlery.

In 2007, Peter Leonard Marine started a brokerage department for the sale of quality used boats. They often have boats ranging from £500 – £35,000 for sale. Click here to see our current brokerage listing.

In the Spring of 2016, PLM purchased the moorings formally known as Cantell and Sons. This expansion has increased the number of tidal and dry moorings to over 200 between the 2 sites. This new site will be developed over the coming months to include security lighting, CCTV, re-surfaced car parking, electricity points and toilets.


Peter Leonard marine are full members of the British Marine Federation and are very proud to have been accepted into the Yacht Harbour Association. The pontoons have been upgraded to include electricity, water and lighting. The toilet block now includes toilets, showers and laundry facilities.

Further exciting developments are planned for 2017 including the new slipway for large boats!