Est. 1998 by
Charles & Peta Chivers
The Second Generation
James has been one of the fundamental players that has grown Ribeye into what it is known for today. James’ strategic vision has taken Ribeye from a UK pleasure boat company, to a global leader in the design and manufacture of luxury leisure RIBs and superyacht tenders. Having spent 15 years in London working in IT, James has combined his experience with his love for luxury craft.
Twin brother to Ross, Danny has been working hard and playing even harder on Ribeyes his entire life. As a youngster, his first part-time job was to prepare Ribeyes prior to handover as well as conducting water tests to ensure the boats work perfectly. Now heading up the Operations arm of the company, his intrinsic knowledge of all areas of the business is fundamental to Ribeye’s industry-leading service and delivery.
Ella grew up in Dartmouth and was aboard the ceremonial launch of the first ever Ribeye in 1998. Eldest daughter of founder Charles Chivers, her eye for detail and finish is ingrained in Ribeye’s DNA. Following a Business Degree at Bath University and 10 year career in London, Ella’s branding strategy has gone against the grain in what was a cottage industry spurring the popularity of the Ribeye brand.
Like his brother, Ross has been involved with Ribeye his entire life. He has spent more hours boating in a Ribeye than anyone else in the world. To date, Ribeye has been Ross' life work and his number one goal day-to-day is to continue to grow and keep Ribeye at the forefront of the Premium Leisure and Superyacht Tender market. If you'd like an insight into his day-to-day, connect via our social media channels @ribeyeboats.
Design & Engineering
Rudie is from a family of boat builders and he has grown up in the industry. He knows every aspect of the business and his technical knowledge has a fundamental part to play in our Research and Development. Through training and hard work, Rudie now runs a professional and highly qualified team.
Experienced superyacht tender designer with a passion for classic cars and colourful trousers! Responsible for developing new production boats and custom projects. Chris' ability to combine innovative aesthetics with functional and practical engineering has allowed every Ribeye platform to take revolutionary leaps forward in boat design combined with commercial build and strength qualities. Ribeye's are often referred to as 'Land Rovers of the sea' which is a testament to Chris' design flair and Ribeye engineering.
Senior Design Engineer
A product designer by trade, Dan is at the core of the custom elements of the Ribeye builds. Following in his father’s interest in boats, he was keen to join Ribeye to add his creativity and engineering mind to the boat building sector. He loves to surf and his favourite spot is the local beach in Bantham.
Senior Design Engineer
Jacco grew up in Holland and moved to England to study Marine Engineering at Falmouth University. After graduating, Jacco then worked within the superyacht sector before moving back to shore to work for Cockwells and now Ribeye. Jacco has kiteboarded all of his life and since his time at Ribeye has the acclaimed title as the best wakeboarder in the company!
In The Office
Beth is a Chartered Accountant and gives management clarity on a family business that has grown very organically! Her expert knowledge and strategic approach to Ribeye means we now have accounts to settle across the globe! As the business continues to develop and grow, Beth has also taken on the role of heading up HR.
Emma works alongside Beth to ensure the company's finances are ship shape. As a Chartered Accountant she has over 20 years experience working as an accountant and professional advisor for a wide range of businesses across the South West. In her free time she loves to be on the water but a little more slow paced in the form of form of kayaking and paddleboarding.
Sales & Design Assistant
A Coventry graphic design graduate, Fleur moved down to Devon to pursue her career in the marine industry. Now working in the sales and design department at Ribeye, Fleur contributes to the client experience from the initial design concept through to the delivery of each custom-built Ribeye. She is also a fully qualified Powerboat Instructor.
Sales & Design Assistant
Henry is a recent design graduate who's Ribeye journey started as a year-long placement student. Now assisting Ross in the Sales department, Henry's scrupulous knowledge and enthusiasm for all things Ribeye have led him to play a pivotal role in guiding clients through the customisation process. He is often referred to as a human car configurator!
James has been at Ribeye for over well over a decade and has evolved with the business through the years. He gives fantastic feedback to enable Ribeye's development and uses his extensive rigging experience to now manage Ribeye's stock inventory.
Kirsty is highly organised and has focused her career on office administration meaning her skills are indispensable to Danny Chivers in Operations. Kirsty is an award-winning rower and has grown up on the River Dart. She is a qualified yoga teacher and definitely adds the zen factor in the office with Ribeye Summer Yoga sessions on the horizon.
Aftersales & Client Experience Manager
Martyn was in the Navy for 17 years in Supply Chain Logistics after which he moved into the Customer Services department at Princess Yachts focusing on customer services, warranty and quality support. Martyn keeps himself busy with his five Labradors and a spot of off-roading in his Landy!
Sarah has a successful sales career and was previously in luxury project sales in the superyacht sector. She adores living by the sea and spends as much time as she can walking and running the South Devon Coast path. She is also a keen sailor and gets on the water whenever the conditions allow.
A London Fashion graduate, Sophie's flair for design and branding is apparent in all aspects of Ribeye from boat show styling to Ribeye's online presence. Sophie is now busy putting her experience to work spreading the #ribeyeboats brand message worldwide.
Team leader and motivator. Always wagging.
Fit Out Team
Fit Out Team Leader
Harley heads up the large team of fit-out technicians at Ribeye. He is a tube specialist by trade and runs the fit-out of all of our PRIME boats - he is the ultimate perfectionist and has a very creative mind.
Having spent the last few years perfecting his craft in engineering, Dan now works alongside Sam handling the technical fit-out of our A & S Series. He is often found singing from the inside of a console!
Huey joined the army as a mechanic as a youngster after which he joined Tesla. Longing to get back to the sea Huey relocated back to Devon and found Ribeye. His mechanical mind makes him a great addition to the fit-out team at Ribeye as we look at ways to innovate our boat building. Huey spends his weekends playing rugby and enjoying the Devon way of life!
Approved Used Technician
Luke has been involved in the marine industry his entire life predominantly working at Yamaha Marine Dealerships and Service Centres. Luke's vast experience of working on a range of different boat and engine brands makes him the perfect expert to put any used RIB through our market leading Approved Used Scheme.
A car mechanic by trade, Luke has brought a professional and detailed approach to the rigging team, coupled with bucket loads of positivity. He also joined the Ribeye Rowing crew this Summer!
You might recognise Mitch from his time with the handover team. Having grown up on boats Mitch decided it was time to go back to his boatbuilding roots and is now fitting out the iconic A Series. Mitch works quickly and nimbly and his attention to detail is second to none. He isn’t bad at helming Ribeyes either and is often (if reluctantly) used as our poster boy when required!
A bit of an artisan, Paul has spent 15 years in upholstery and 7 years manufacturing and fitting RIB tubes. He is super experienced and very hands-on which is why he is involved in many aspects of the boat builds. When time allows he loves kayaking with his three children and dog
Having completed an apprenticeship scheme at Princess Motor Yachts, Sam has brought huge value to Ribeye's technical fit-out department. One of the younger members of the team he is known for his speed of work coupled with his acute attention to details. An A & S Series Specialist.
Steve has spent the majority of his career in the car trade focusing on custom race car builds. This specialism requires a real attention to detail and a very high standard of workmanship; skills that Steve has transferred seamlessly into the marine sector. In his spare time, Steve is outside with his daughter who both enjoy adventure sports and walking in the Devon countryside.
Ribeye Powerboat School & Handover Expert
Mat has spent more hours on the water than the rest of Ribeye put together - he has crossed all the major oceans in all sea states. He knows his stuff!
Handover & Logistics Expert
Ribeye has been home for Joe for the past few years as he worked through his marine qualification. He is a very likeable guy that everyone at Ribeye is very fond of and his development has been extraordinary over the years. He has become a true member of the Ribeye team and is now involved in all things handover at Ribeye.
Training & Handover Expert
Martin is meticulous which is handy when he performs a handover as there is no stone unturned! If you are lucky he might tell you about his F1 days!
Composite Team Leader
Duane has garnered huge amounts of knowledge & technical ability from working at Princess Motor Yachts in his early years. Duane has brought his knowledge of big boat technology to Ribeye which underpins our flawless finish and he now heads up a growing team of technicians in our composite facility.
Having completed his boat building apprenticeship with us, Dom is now a valued member of the infusion team and very competent in composite integration. A real credit to our apprenticeship scheme.
Jack studied Level Two Marine Engineering at South Devon College and brings his skills to the laminating department. Jack loves his sport and keeps himself fit by playing for Dartmouth RFC on the weekend.
The younger brother of Rudie, Jake is renowned at Ribeye for a flawless finish - he's an artist with fibreglass.
Previously working for a global superyacht manufacturer, Jamal is a composite boat builder so is involved in many aspects of the build process. Out of work, his passion is Martial Arts and he achieved his black belt back in 2014 and also has a green belt in kickboxing.
Jay is from Totnes and has spent the majority of his career in Marine at the historical Baltic Wharf. Since heading up the River Dart to Dartmouth he has been applying his experience in composites to Ribeye's UK GRP headquarters with great effect.
Karl is nothing other than an experienced boat builder and an infusion expert. He has spent years perfecting his craft in some of the boat building hubs of the world such as Japan, Poland and Southampton. He will often be found in Infusion Bay 1 and is guaranteed to be smiling.
Nathan brings past experience from Princess Yachts and is in the GRP finishing team. He has been on boats all his life and spends as much time as he can on the water. In his spare time, he is a keen fisherman and loves adventuring with his wife and daughter in their caravan!
Paul works in the laminating department which has been his speciality in his career. Paul has had to park his football career and family is the new focus with the arrival of his son who keeps him on his toes!
An upholster by trade, Ryan is a fabulous addition to the team. He is a family man but also a keen footballer whenever he finds the time.
Ryan began his career in the marine industry at age 16 as a laminating apprentice at Princess Motor Yachts where he spent 12 years perfecting his boat building experience before heading to Ribeye. For the last couple of years, Ryan has been a key player in our composite team and continues to impress with his love for boat building.
A highly skilled artisan, Simon's meticulous attention to detail on any infusion job results in none other than a prime finish. He's also a dab hand when it comes to our boat show stands!