THERE ARE TWO Knights involved in Knights Narrowboats, Glen and James Knight, who are cousins. They’ve been around boats since they were children. “At times, virtually every male member of the family has been working on the waterways,” says James. His father worked at the British Waterways yard at Nantwich Basin for nearly 20 years, and as children, the pair used to do odd jobs and quickly learned to handle boats.
Glen and James reckon that between them they’ve had a hand in building in the region of 150 boats while working for other people. They started their own firm five years ago, initially doing repairs and refits before moving into new builds. They employ one other member of staff, and all three of them are involved in every stage of the build. The firm is based at Aqueduct Marina at Church Minshull in Cheshire, on the Middlewich Arm.
Eleshanne is their eighth boat, and numbers nine and ten are already in build. So far, they’ve built boats from 45ft to 70ft long, and everything in between.