Boat­build­ing firm set sail for show with new nar­row­boat

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A BOAT build­ing firm is gear­ing up for Bri­tain’s big­gest in­land wa­ter­ways fes­ti­val.

Braid­bar Boats, based at Lord Ver­non’s Wharf on the Mac­cles­field Canal at Higher Poyn­ton, is among 250 ex­hibitors pre­par­ing to show­case their prod­ucts at the 2016 Crick Boat Show.

Spe­cial­is­ing in build­ing cus­tom-de­signed lux­ury nar­row­boats, Braid­bar, which is run by hus­band and wife Peter and Su­san Ma­son, is at­tend­ing the event to be held at the week­end in Northamp­ton­shire.

Su­san said: “We are a small fam­ily-run business that has been build­ing boats here at the his­toric Lord Ver­non’s Wharf on the Mac­cles­field Canal for more than 30 years.

“We build just seven lux­ury canal boats to order each year, each hand crafted to the owner’s re­quire­ments, and many in­cor­po­rat­ing new tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tions.

“We look for­ward to meet­ing past, present and fu­ture cus­tomers at the Crick Boat Show and show­ing them around one of our lat­est boats, ‘Once Bit­tern’, a 58½-foot long tra­di­tional-style nar­row­boat.”

Braid­bar was started by Iain and Luisa Bryce­land.

The Ma­sons took over the firm in 2007.

The com­pany has built more than 160 nar­row boats in its his­tory.

Other Cheshire-based com­pa­nies ex­hibit­ing at this year’s show in­clude: El­ton Moss Boat­builders, The North­wich Boat Com­pany, Care­free Cruis­ing Boat­share, Boatfinder Bro­ker­age Ser­vice and Kings Lock Chan­dlery of Mid­dlewich; Over­wa­ter Ma­rina, Cheshire Ma­rine Equip­ment, Aqueduct Ma­rina, Knights Nar­row­boats and Vene­tian Ma­rina of Nantwich; Nar­row­boats Ltd of North­wich; and BC Boat Man­age­ment of Audlem.

Peter Johns, the show’s di­rec­tor hopes to at­tract 25,000 visi­tors to the event which will be com­mem­o­rat­ing the 300th an­niver­sary of the birth of the canal en­gi­neer, James Brind­ley.

Mr Johns said: “We are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing peo­ple to our 2016 Crick Boat Show - the num­ber one boat show at the heart of the wa­ter­way net­work.

“Whether peo­ple are boat­ing en­thu­si­asts, look­ing to buy boat­ing prod­ucts and ser­vices, or just look­ing for a great fam­ily day out by the wa­ter, there’s lots to see and do at Crick Boat Show.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the show and tick­ets visit the web­site www. crick­boat­ or visit www.braid­bar­boats.

●● Braid­bar boats team are: Back Row from left to right: Jonathan Hard­man; Re­gan Wassall; Jonathan Blain; Peter Ma­son; John Blain. Front row: Su­san Ma­son; Andy Grindrod; Rick Halpin; Philip Swindell

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