Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

Blisworth Tun­nel Boats is a real fam­ily firm. While it’s Ja­son Clarke who runs the show, his wife, Ning, and their five-month-old son, Dar­win, are usu­ally around the yard, and his mum lives on site. Ja­son’s brother, Michael, is a well re­garded boat sur­veyor, and spends much of his time trav­el­ling around car­ry­ing out sur­veys and boat safety tests.

The firm is based at a small yard right next to the con­verted mill in Blisworth on the Grand Union in Northamp­ton­shire. There’s a cov­ered dock for paint­ing, which is the com­pany’s main busi­ness. But there’s also a reg­u­lar in­come from the moor­ings on site.

Ja­son is keen to ex­pand the boat-build­ing side of the busi­ness, so it doesn’t take quite so long to pro­duce a boat – which would also make it eas­ier to take on com­mis­sions. So he’s in­ter­ested in an ex­pe­ri­enced boat-fit­ter be­com­ing a part­ner in the firm. This could be a great op­por­tu­nity for some­one to join a busy small busi­ness and make a real im­pact.

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