SMITHWOOD NAR­ROW­BOATS

Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

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.

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