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.