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Meet the ABNB team

Team ABNB

Come and visit our newly revamped office!

ABNB Ownership

ABNB is now in the ownership of Paul & Sheila Smith & Justin Green, whose intention is to continue running the company in much the same way as it has always been. Our constant aim is to provide the standard of service of yesteryear, which is so often missing in today's self-centered hectic lifestyle and our commitment to providing a friendly, professional service is second to none.

With the company now involving more people than ever before - the team, all with boating experience, encompasses all aspects of the cut and it is difficult to envisage an area of the canal world in which we wouldn't be able to offer you constructive advice and support - be it realising your dream or hanging up your windlasses.

In the OFFICE

Jayne Frances works in the office. She was introduced to the world of canals and narrowboats after her partner treated her to a week on the Grand Union Canal for her birthday. She loved it and has caught the boating bug. She has enjoyed many more boating holidays since then including the Cheshire Ring and Oxford Canal. She is now a valued member of the team and her knowledge, of boats and the waterways, continues to grow. It is her and her partners dream to own their own boat one day as and when they have to time to explore all the wonders of the Inland Waterways. In October 2014 Jayne gained her RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman's Qualification through Willow Wren Training.

Jackie Errington works in the office. She brought her first boat (from ABNB) in December 2002 and has been living on a narrowboat ever since. She brought her third boat in May 2012 (also from ABNB) and has single handed this for the past couple of years. She has recently moved to the canals having spent the past 11 years living and cruising on the River Great Ouse, so she therefore has extensive knowledge of this river. Jackie has also cruised the River Cam, River Little Wissey, River Little Ouse, River Lark, the Middle Levels and the River Nene. She also hired a narrowboat for a holiday so she could cruise the Llangollen Canal. In October 2014 Jackie gained her RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman's Qualification through Willow Wren Training.

John Kelly works in the office. Previously he worked in Boat Sales at Crick Marina. John spent his main career working in Investment Banking in the City of London as a Trader and after meeting his wife, Marion took a holiday on a narrowboat in 2002 on the Llangollen. He was so smitten with the bug they purchased their own 35ft boat called Little Nell. Together they have cruised quite a lot of the system on extended holidays. They now spend a lot of time on board their 58ft narrowboat that they bought through ABNB. John continues to learn more about boats and enjoys passing on information to customers with friendly advice.

Andy Tarry works in the office. After spending many enjoyable trips with his family on hire boats he decided to buy his own boat in 2016 to live aboard. He spent the next few months renovating the boat and exploring the surrounding waterways. Andy continues to increase his knowledge of everything boat related and enjoys helping all ABNB customers with friendly helpful service. In January 2019 Andy gained his RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman's Qualification through Willow Wren Training.

Following a very enjoyable training day organised through British Marine we are pleased to announce the ABNB team have qualified to City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Principles of Customer Service.

In the FIELD

Paul Smith undertakes brokerage inspections for ABNB. He was born into a boating family, who owned a 16ft cabin cruiser that was soon changed for a 70ft ex-Fellows, Morton & Clayton Josher narrowboat. Restored and converted by his father, Paul then spent his childhood extensively cruising the inland waterways. Even whilst studying away for his Engineering Masters degree, he found time to research the local canals and introduce fellow students to boating. The family continued to cruise the same boat for over 40 years, with other waterways explored on foot or in shorter boats. Paul entered the marine industry on a professional basis in 1996 and he represents the industry to the Boat Safety Scheme, British Marine Federation and British Standards Institute.

Justin Green inspects boats for ABNB. In his early working life his father worked on canal boats and seeing the old pictures sparked an interest from a young age. Having refitted his first boat to live on he progressed through a number of boats before moving ashore. He is currently fitting out a converted 1930s small Woolwich although this is proving to be very time consuming. For over 20 years he has been active as a marine engineer as well as surveying and examining narrowboats for the past 6 years. He sits on various committees in a technical capacity, including the Boat Safety Scheme, British Marine Inland Boatbuilding and British Standards Institute.

David Hull inspects boats for ABNB. He started messing about with boats in the early eighties starting with a wooden cruiser and worked his way forward refitting an ex hire boat, and completing a full fit out of a brand new narrowboat shell. In 1996 he qualified as a Boat Safety Scheme examiner and in 1999 became a full time marine engineer. He has had his own boatyard and been involved with all aspects of commercial and private boat maintenance. He recently began Surveying Narrowboats. He is a member of The Boat Safety Scheme, The British Marine Federation, and the Gas Safe register.

Paul Johnson inspects boats for ABNB. He bought his first boat, a dilapidated 25ft Dawncraft centre cockpit in the summer of 1986. He soon learnt this required some major work, a new engine and a complete refit. All very useful as the standard of his repairs led to his first job in the marine industry at Priory Marina in Bedford. Finding an even more dilapidated 36ft Springer in approx 1988 he decided narrowboats were for him and bought it. This shell required new windows, a well deck fitting and a complete refit. He has owned narrowboats ever since and has been liveaboard, on and off, for many years too.

Behind the SCENES

Sheila Smith's parents introduced her to boating through hiring, which developed into them fitting out their own boat to liveaboard. This inspired Sheila to fitout her own boat that she then lived on for 9 years. She entered the boating industry professionally in 1990 as a Signwriter, and her artistic skills are also demonstrated in the boat drawings, brochures and website that she produces for ABNB. She also works in the office.

Emma Green spends much of the time maintaining ABNB's social media profile and accounts. She recalls as a child, spending time on the Norfolk Broads with her parents. Many years later, she enjoyed a boating holiday with her own children, where they cruised from Napton to Fenny Stratford. She has also spent time cruising the River Nene with friends. Since meeting Justin who eats, sleeps and breathes narrowboats, she is rapidly gaining more and more knowledge on all things boaty! Emma is helping with the conversion of their 1930s small Woolwich and hopes to be exploring the canal system soon! She also works in the office.

Nigel & Noreen Moore prepare the brochures for ABNB. They have had an interest in canals from a very early age (with Nigel's first boat trip at the age of 3), and owned a narrowboat for over 30 years. Nigel worked for 7 years in the hire boat industry, covering turnarounds, repairs and call-outs, before he set-up on his own business fitting-out narrowboats, completing 15 to date. They have been boating for over 20 years on their narrowboat, covering almost the entire system.

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