Chris Smith has been around canal boats most of his life having regularly been on boating holidays as a child. He’s a joiner by trade, but also supplemented his income by refurbishing houses in his spare time. The move from houses to boats seemed like a natural progression.
Wine Not Whine was built while he still had a full-time job and was trying to work out whether boat-building could be a proper business. Since then, he’s produced a couple of sailaways for customers, one with partial fit-out of the galley and shower room. And he no longer works full-time, instead taking freelance project management contracts.
Chris has another full fit-out on order, but is currently in the process of moving premises, so he can do the work on land rather than on the water.