The man who spent 20 years and millions of pounds in investment turning Mylor Yacht Harbour into a thriving marine business is stepping down as MD – opening the field for a first rate replacement to lead Mylor into the future.

Roger Graffy combined a successful career in brand management with Johnson & Johnson, Guinness and Bounty with a childhood passion for the sea and boats when he and wife Dinah took the opportunity to buy Mylor Yacht Harbour in 1997.

Spotting its potential, the Graffys set about a £7 million investment programme to establish one of Cornwall’s busiest boatyards and marina.

Their vision and investment has enabled the creation of a modern marina and onshore facilities, securing the preservation of the historic buildings, landscape and working traditions for future generations.

Recent shore-side development has seen the building of a new yacht club, café and shops, shower blocks and a new marina office – counterbalanced with the demolition of the dilapidated old yacht club in order to save and protect the Grade II Listed Quay on which it stood.

“This has been a hugely rewarding project and a big part of my life,” said Roger Graffy.

“It’s taken all the energy of our fantastic team of 45 and support from the whole community including berth-holders, customers, fishermen, local council and holidaymakers.

“We’ve continued to thrive and expand the yard with our Marine Team of expert craftsmen and technicians who have the world-class skills to match any vessel – ancient or modern.

“I’m about to turn 60 and Mylor has occupied my energies and enthusiasm for the past twenty years, so I think it is a good time to hand the helm to someone brilliant with the vision to keep this wonderful business and way of life growing and thriving into the future.”

As he steps down from the MD role, Graffy will be less involved in the day-to-day management of Mylor Yacht Harbour, but he will remain as chairman and he and his wife will continue to own the company.