Who We Are
At Sailboats we pride ourselves in being able to meet all of your sailing needs throughout the year. You will find quality products from leading manufacturers, at competitive prices - with exceptional customer service and delivery.
Northampton Sailboats (as it was originally known) started business in 1982. Now with its associated companies it is involved with world wide distribution, boat building, sail making, boat sales and charter - it is the biggest in its market.
Back in 1982 Tony and Antony Lincoln (who still own the business) were successful but somewhat frustrated dinghy sailors, unable to get a reasonable range of dinghy equipment without travelling long distances. Northampton Sailboats started small and was initially part time until it was moved to the first shop at Balmoral Road in Northampton in 1985. Not long after opening, the then MD of Yachts & Yachting Keith Young and Tony Lincoln had a discussion about launching our mail order catalogue. The mail order service that we are now famous for, was started with a 50 page block booking in Yachts and Yachting. This itself was a major deal in those days, let alone the fact that two weeks before the issue - the catalogue did not yet exist! Antony went to stay with Keith and between them the catalogue was just finished in time. Despite the publication of the catalogue in Yachts & Yachting, the mail order service was very slow to be taken up (most people did not have credit cards and still preferred to visit a shop). With Yachts & Yachtings approval it took nearly two years for us to be able to pay Yachts & Yachting back! Over the years mail order grew progressively and ultimately lead into our early adoption of all things web.
In 2008 we relocated to our new distribution and data centre in Spinney View, Northampton. With additional warehousing since then, this has enabled us to continue to offer the range and service we have always been synonymous with. We have retained and developed our relationships with leading suppliers and dealerships notably; LaserPerformance, Selden Masts, Gul, Gill, Crewsaver, Musto, Neil Pryde and many more.
We are proud of our long standing relationship with many 1000's of customers throughout the UK and World. Whilst it's always gratifying to count National, European, World and Olympic champions as our customers. You will always find us helpful and approachable whatever your ability or experience. Every effort is made to deliver the very best service, products and price - each time you deal with us!