KNIGHTS NARROWBOATS

Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

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.

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