Boat sales company Key Yachting under new ownership
Key Yachting is under new ownership after being purchased by Wayne Palmer and Hayley Quinn from Thinking Space Systems.
Key Yachting is a family-run boat sales company and was founded in 1996 by Marie-Claude Heyswith and her late husband Paul. It is the sole UK distributor for J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech Catamarans and Tofinou.
Marie-Claude Heyswith, who competed in four Figaro campaigns and two Whitbread Round the World Races, commented:
“After 25 years, I am delighted to hand the helm over to Wayne and Hayley.
“This year, as part of the logistics team from Miranda Merron’s Vendee Globe campaign, it really made my mind up. The time is right for me to make a change, and I am keen to get back to my roots in offshore sailing.”
Thinking Space Systems is a global provider of high-quality technical furniture for control rooms of all industries, and was founded in 2003 by Wayne Palmer. With its head office in Romsey, Hampshire, it also has offices in Australia, Canada and the USA.
Hayley Quinn is an experienced qualified accountant with a passion for managing leisure-focused businesses.
Wayne is a keen sailor, having competed in two Fastnet Races, and currently races his J/109 Flying Jackal. He believes there is a natural fit between his business and the boat sales company.
“From a design, engineering and manufacturing perspective, there are many similarities between Thinking Systems and Key Yachting.
“Hayley and I cannot wait to get started in the new year. Key Yachting has world class brands, and it is rare to be able to acquire a business that has been in the same ownership for so long.”
Key Yachting Sales Director Hannah Le Prevost, who has been an integral part of the business for 11 years, will mentor the new owners into the business.
“This year is going to be an exciting one for all the right reasons.
“We will continue our strong relationship with our business partners and above all with our past, present and future boat owners.”