BOURNE BOATS

Canal Boat - - BOAT TEST -

It’s been a busy year for Bourne Boats, since win­ning the ti­tle of Favourite Boat at last year’s Crick Show. Since then, the firm has bought the canal­side boat yard for­merly oc­cu­pied by the Ted­des­ley Boat Com­pany, on the Staffs and Worces­ter Canal near Penkridge. Be­ing on the wa­ter was one of the main at­trac­tions of the site, as trans­port­ing fin­ished boats for launch was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ex­pen­sive. At this yard, there’s a crane, a join­ery work­shop, and a heated paint shed. Bourne’s shell build­ing arm is still based up in Cheshire, but the firm is look­ing to move it to the same site.

The new yard has a basin and moor­ings, and there’s a ser­vice point for the pass­ing trade of diesel and pump outs. It’s good to see this fam­ily firm turn­ing what had be­come a rather quiet yard into a thriv­ing canal­side cen­tre once again.

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