UK & Ireland - Steve Sawford Marine

SSM Ltd (Steve Sawford Marine Ltd) is the UK manufacturer of the Access Dinghies, and was the first manufacturer outside of Australia.


Steve Sawford, aged 31, was working as a skilled carpenter and boat fitter at Fairline Boats in Oundle, England in 1998, when Chris Mitchell came to the UK seeking a suitable small business to take on the supply of Access dinghies to the UK market. Seizing the chance to branch out alone, Steve and his father Ron put together a business plan which secured them the contract from Chris, and set up production in what was originally a farm barn in rural Northamptonshire in the heart of England.


There are now active fleets of Access dinghies all around the UK, and a highly competitive Access 'traveller series' of sailing events for Access sailors. These are organised by the UK branch of the Access Dinghy Association, in which the Sawfords play an active part.


Steve and Ron are keen sailors themselves, sailing Dart 15 catamarans at Rutland Water, and actively competing in the Dart 15 racing circuits.


SSM Ltd is a growing family business dedicated to making 'Sailing for All' truly possible. Their enthusiasm for the Access Sailing Systems is boundless and they plan to promote 'Accessible Sailing' to an ever-wider range of groups, clubs and people during the years to come.


Steve Sawford
SSM Marine

Office: Lime Grove, 1 Main Street, Loddington, Northants NN14 1LA
Workshop: Unit 2, Glebe Farm, Nr Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northants, NN14 4AN 
Phone: 01536 330477

Mobile: 078559 72268

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