Tradition and beyond

"Laure", the first boat of the Etoile series, has been made entirely by hand using quality woods such as Sapele and spar grade spruce for the deck and Douglas Fir for the frames.

Its classic look, modern layout and V8 power bring the gentleman's runabout right up to date.

It is slick, it is fast, it is simply beautiful.

Simon & Laure

Co-Founders and Directors

Simon has had a lifelong interest in powerboating and more recently has enjoyed a very successful campaign in circuit racing. In 2016 he left a career as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer to learn the art of traditional boat building at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis. Simon saw the opportunity to combine his two passions into one, creating a boat that would delight lovers of both speed and beauty.



Laure, after enjoying an engineering career in the oilfield which took her all around the world, decided to drop her bags and study the art of cabinet making under furniture maker Will Reed. She brings in her high quality standards, her ability to work under pressure and her customer focus to Hawksley Classics.

Together they founded Hawksley Classics, a motor boat building company, specialising in luxury bespoke power boats, characterised by their timeless elegance and excellent performance.

Own the dream

Specialising in classic wooden speed boats, we offer a tailor-made service where the customer is able to choose up to finishing details what he or she really wants. We truly believe that a boat is a personal and therefore unique item and should be built as such.