The team is led by Tom Neale. Tom served a full three year woodworking apprenticeship in fine furniture making and trained for a further four years as a boat builder at the renowned Matteri Yard, Lake Como, Italy.
If you have a boat in need of restoration then please contact us so that we can discuss your needs in detail. Normally the client will be responsible for the delivery and collection of the boat to and from the workshop. Depending on the size of the boat and the distance from Huntingdon, we may be able to assist at a reasonable cost.
The focus of Fine Wooden Boat is the restoration of all types of classic boats, no matter what state the craft is currently in. We will take an overview of the vessel's state and advise you on what needs to be replaced or renovated and how we will proceed.
Our workshop facilities allow us to repair, rebuild and even fabricate replacement parts where required. The Gallery pages show examples of some of the projects we have completed.
Although the main work is restoration, Tom has built many boats. The largest being the Super Launch shown at the 2016 London Boat Show. Built from the finest materials, this is probably the best river launch ever made in the UK.
Super Launch photos are in the gallery and more detail is here
The picture above is an example of our custom manufacturing work. We needed to replace a Riva part that was no longer available. The result is indistinguishable from new.
We can fabricate and renovate using a variety of materials and techniques to match client specifications for a multitude of projects.
For example we cast fittings in bronze, mould fibreglass and shape wood using both air presses and fine carpentry.