Pin Mill is a hamlet set in a sheltered anchorage about halfway up the River Orwell. Once a busy landing point for barges and home to many small industries such as sail making, a malting (which is now our workshop) and a brickyard, Pin Mill in Ipswich is now generally known for The Butt & Oyster pub and for blissful yacht and dinghy sailing.

Making boat maintenance easy

Over the last few years work to improve Pin Mill has been ongoing, resulting in a much cleaner landing for your dinghies, and much improved scrubbing posts. The ‘grindle’, which runs alongside the hard, now has new edging which is considerably smoother to pull dinghies up and down. The hard is managed by Pin Mill Bay Management and Community Interest Company which was set up as a not for profit company to ensure the hard remains clear and fully usable for all. Pin Mill Sailing Club is situated just upriver from the pub, with a fantastic viewing platform to sit and look out at your boat. Harry King & Sons Ltd (with the support of PMBMCIC and PMSC) has recently built and now maintains and manages a pontoon which runs out the front of the boatyard and can be used by all boatyard customers, members of the sailing club and visiting yachtsmen. The pontoon sits in the exact spot where Harry King’s slip once was, where he and his team launched newly constructed yachts.

The area around

Pin Mill Studio is located in the old sail loft. It is run by photographer Anthony Cullen who also runs photography workshops. There is also a gift shop and cafe.

A short distance up to the village of Chelmondiston you are able to visit shops including a Butchers and general store, post office, newsagents, The Red Lion, and a takeaway. Pin Mill offers beautiful walks along the shore either up river to Woolverstone or down river through National Trust woodlands.

Why choose us?

  • Long rich history
  • beautiful setting
  • friendly family run business
  • Established 1898
  • Quality service
  • All types of repairs undertaken on site
  • Experienced team
  • complete winter laying up and mooring services.

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