Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

BOURNE IS A FAM­ILY FIRM, led by the fa­ther and son team of Wayne and Daniel Pay­ton. Wayne started the firm in 2004; he’s a coach painter by trade but had also worked for other boat-builders. Daniel joined the com­pany a cou­ple of years ago af­ter fin­ish­ing univer­sity.

The com­pany is based at Rode Heath and em­ploys an­other eight staff. Over the years, it has built more than 30 boats. A fairly re­cent de­vel­op­ment is that they can now build their own shells.

While Bourne is based close to the Trent & Mersey, it’s not quite close enough for the boats to be launched di­rectly. Krystyna was taken to the Crick Show to be put in the wa­ter, but oth­ers travel only a quar­ter of a mile by road – to the car park of the lo­cal canal­side pub, where they can be craned into the wa­ter, of­ten with quite a crowd of on­look­ers.

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