About Our Builders

About the builder

Ovington Boats

Ovington Boats is one of the worlds most successful small boat building businesses specialising in the high performance dinghy market. We have an enviable reputation for quality and service across a wide range of products including the manufacture of the Olympic Class 49er, the ISAF and RYA Youth Asymmetric 29er Class, Musto Skiff, VX One, Flying Fifteen and International 14. The business distributes its boats and spares throughout Europe and the rest of the World. Ovington Boats are also able to build and design and develop boats to specific requirements.

We operate from our workshop of just under 1000m2 based in North Shields in the north east of England. All our boats are hand built to the highest standards using a variety of modern materials and construction methods.

Background

Ovington Boats was founded by Dave Ovington in 1975. Dave started off building traditional wooden boats and in particular race winning Enterprises. With the search for lighter boats Dave progressed to using glass fibre and developed the application of vacuum bagged foam sandwich construction. Sadly, in March 2005 Dave died suddenly - but his legacy lives on in the business and the people who have worked at Ovington Boats for many years.

Weight 82kg Main area 8.3 - 10.2sqm
Length 4.8m Spinnaker area 11.1sqm
Width 1.76m Designer Brian Bennett
Mast length m Year 2016
Hull Epoxy GRP foam sandwich laminate with carbon fibre in high load areas;
Mast Carbon mast - clear coated - made by CST
Sails Available with North Sails

The VX Evo is a fresh concept in big dinghies. Designed by the VX design team specifically for larger sailors wanting a simple, yet technical race-boat, optimized for performance, handling, and ergonomics whether upwind, or downwind under a balanced asymmetric sail plan