Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

TRISTAR BOATS IS a fam­ily firm, run by Jeremy and Michelle Green­wood. Jeremy has a wood­work­ing back­ground and runs the work­shop, while Michelle’s fa­ther, Peter Forster, is also in­volved on the me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal side. Michelle does ev­ery­thing else, from plan­ning and de­sign of boats to the fi­nan­cial man­age­ment of the com­pany.

The firm is based at Red­hill Ma­rina on the River Soar and em­ploys a hand­ful of other peo­ple to help them fit-out their boats. They cur­rently build five or six boats a year. Re­cently, these have been made up of a cou­ple of narrowboats, a cou­ple of wide­beams and a Dutch barge each year. In ad­di­tion, now that the com­pany has a proper paint shed, they’re also do­ing re­paints.

All the boats are be­spoke. Cur­rent projects in­clude a nar­row­boat with a light, bright in­te­rior, and an­other boat which is due to have a hy­brid drive sys­tem.

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