Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

Bourne is a fam­ily firm. Wayne Pay­ton started the firm in 2004; he’s a coach painter by trade, but had also worked for other boat builders. He got into boat­ing be­cause his grand­fa­ther built his own boat, and Wayne used to spend sum­mer hol­i­days on board. Both Wayne’s sons are now in­volved in the firm. Daniel joined the com­pany a few years ago af­ter fin­ish­ing univer­sity, and his brother, Ross, came on board more re­cently.

The com­pany is based at Rode Heath in Cheshire, and over the years has built around forty boats. They cur­rently do five or six full fitouts a year, and build around ten shells, some of which are sold as they are, or as sail­aways.

Like last year, Bourne will have two boats at the Crick Show. As well as Grape Es­cape, there will be a 60ft semi-trad with a re­verse lay­out. The ma­jor dif­fer­ence will be on the tech­ni­cal side, as it will have a Beta hy­brid drive sys­tem, and thanks to the huge bat­tery bank on board will be gas free for cook­ing; it will also have un­der floor heat­ing.

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