Southampton Yacht Services was formed in 1980 at Shamrock Quay in Southampton and quickly became established as one of the best major refit yards in Europe, completing major refits and restoration works on a number of the large classic sailing and motor yachts such as Altair, Thendara, Ticonderoga, and Belle Aventure.

In more recent years SYS is probably best known for rebuilding one of the most famous yachts in the world, the J Class Velsheda. Over the last 14 years SYS has become involved in fitting out Oysters for Oyster Marine and in December 2000 SYS

became part of the Oyster Group concentrating on building the larger yachts in the Oyster range.

During 2012 the Oyster Group restructured and the Saxon Wharf facility, shipwrights and all engineering staff transferred to the new operation - "Oyster Yachts, Custom & Refit division" with the Southampton Yacht Services brand name being maintained in the classic yacht market.