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Calstock Boatyard

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Tradewind Navigation Ltd

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Chris and Julia love boats.


Chris started sailing dinghies as a small boy, going from cadets, through lasers to contenders.


Quite a long stint in the merchant navy managing container and roro ships followed, eventually marrying Julia because we needed two salaries on the loan document for our first boat build (amongst other reasons of course)!!




We built a steel Ebbtide 33 and sailed away for a year and day - with no money in our pockets, some nav lights and a basic VHF radio, the dream of having rum on the christmas pud in the Caribbean was realised!


We came back and built a 10 metre racing catamaran, which once launched scared the willies out of everyone - but that got us into some serious composite work, and not wanting to put on a suit and tie ever again, Chris joined the build team at Princess Yachts.


After building the cat we needed to show the children what the world beyond the valley looked like, so sailed away again for a year and a day - this time as a family of four on an aluminium centreboard ketch.



Chris also teaches navigation and maritime science at Plymouth University, is a commercially endorsed YM, and teaches to MCA Chief Mates level for ships of unlimited size, and for yachts up to 3000gt. He is also a qualified small craft surveyor


We are now settling down to run the kind of yard we always liked and one we have lived opposite for 15 years - a no frills fun yard, where everyone can quietly enjoy their boats in a beautiful place without being under the constant cosh of high prices.  For those familiar with the term...everything here is irie.....