In 1994 Adrian purchased the wooden boat 'Walton', and this is where his career in wooden boat building started. For the next 6 years he worked in and around various boat yards throughout the system, and finally in 2000 started working along side Rex Wain at Brinklow Boat Services where he gained expert knowledge and skills particularly in traditional wooden cabin building, working on boats such as; Dragon, Jaguar, Gort, Ian, Buckden, Aquila amongst many others. An opportunity arose for Adrian to work alongside Malcome Webster in Malkins Bank on the rebuild of the Shropshire Union Flyboat Saturn. Whilst with Malcome Webster he also worked on the following traditional narrow boats; Tay, Towy, and Linnet. Adrian then finally completed Walton which was launched at Malkins Bank in February 2012. (Photo above, courtesy of Sarah Hale.)
Following the launch of Walton, Adrian was approached by Jeremy Barker in conjunction with Rex Wain to restore a boat. This lead to the formation of The Heritage Narrowboat Foundation and in consequence the purchase of ex Mersey Weaver motorboat Dane and Clee, a Fellows, Morton & Clayton motorboat. Malcome Burge proprietor of Alvecote Marina offered Adrian a piece of land, where a boat yard ideally suited to the repair and restoration of historic canal craft of all types has been established.
Ian has been working with AP Boat Building since the yard was opened in Alvecote in 2013 - he brings with him a wealth of experience in traditional wooden boat building. Ian's boat building history starts in 1974 at Uxbridge Marina where he learnt basic skills on wooden boats. Later he worked at Charity Dock with Joe Gilbert and Jess Owen. Ian then set up his own yard in Runcorn which he ran for 19 years, it is here that he built the Greenman and rebuilt the Ivy and Bedford both of which had been reclaimed from the flashes.
Andy is the youngest member of the team and like Adrian spent several years working along side Rex Wain at Brinklow Boat Services, where he gained a large amount of experience and demonstrated that he had the skills and abilities required in the restoration and renovation of wooden narrowboats. Andy has grown up around historic boats and has always had a keen interest in the upkeep of the skills required to maintain these boats. Andy is able to show versatility in work from re-bottoming and re-planking, to build of tillers and elums, and the interior fit out of cabins. Andy is in a good position and brings a reassuring youthful flush to the industry. (Photo above, Ian and Andy)