From 1927 The British Power Boat Company, manufactured racing boats and later military patrol boats at the former Hythe shipyard. Together with his chief designer, Fred Cooper, the company produced many racing boats which won numerous awards around Europe, including Miss England II and Miss Britain III.
From 1930 the British Power Boat Company supplied seaplane tenders to the Air Ministry, commencing with RAF200, an 11 metre. Hythe was home to the US Army between 1968 and 2006 at RAF Hythe. Following its closure, the base has been turned into a marine business park.