Trib­utes to Chur­chouse Boats’ Ste­wart Brown

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One of the lead­ing fig­ures in the Dras­combe com­mu­nity, Ste­wart Brown, has died af­ter los­ing his bat­tle with can­cer.

Ste­wart was one of the early Dras­combe rally or­gan­is­ers and a south coast rep be­fore he be­came the owner of Chur­chouse Boats Ltd, the sole li­censed builders of the Dras­combe range of boats since 2002. He was also an ac­tive mem­ber on sev­eral Bri­tish Ma­rine com­mit­tees.

The cur­rent owner and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Chur­chouse Boats, Sharon Geary-Harwood, said Ste­wart was al­ways ready to an­swer a call for help, giv­ing sound ad­vice to beginner sailors, as well as mak­ing peo­ple feel wel­come aboard his Drifter D22 with a gin and tonic.

“Ste­wart was my walk­ing Dras­combe en­cy­clo­pe­dia, how­ever we have all learned a great deal from him over the years, how many peo­ple ac­tu­ally had or have a job which is their hobby and pas­sion? That was what Ste­wart had for 16 years,” she said.

In 2006 Ste­wart helped de­sign and then build the Drifter 22 pro­to­type, fol­low­ing on from the late John Watkin­son’s Dras­combe de­sign. The D22 went into pro­duc­tion with the first one on show at the Earls Court Boat Show in 2007.

Ste­wart stood back and sold Chur­chouse Boats to Geary-Harwood and Simon Harwood in Fe­bru­ary 2013, al­low­ing him more time to en­joy his pas­sion for sail­ing.

Sadly the can­cer re­turned in 2016, and even through treat­ment he still made sure that he joined in with Dras­camp and the Dras­combe Golden Ju­bilee in 2017.

“Ste­wart leaves a last­ing legacy be­hind with Dras­combe own­ers the whole world over,” added Geary-Harwood.

Ste­wart Brown helped de­sign and build the Drifter 22

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