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Brighton Boat Builder wins National Crafts Award

Boat builder Ryan Kearley from Brighton has won the Best Start-up Business category in Country Living Magazine’s the Balvenie Artisan Awards, a UK-wide scheme that attracts hundreds of entries each year.

He received the Award at an Awards Ceremony held at Cliveden House, the stunning National Trust property and luxury hotel in Berkshire. Ryan arrived at the ceremony by boat accompanied by his wife and baby.

After five years as a carpenter making scenery for the theatre, Ryan yearned to create something that would last for decades rather than a season and began repairing Thames river skiffs under the guidance of Master Craftsman Mark Edwards of Richmond Bridge Boathouses. In June 2008 he set up his own boat-building business with the aim of preserving Sussex’s maritime history through the maintenance and repair of wooden boats using traditional methods and he has been rewarded with a series of commissions and growing business.

Harriet Knight from The Balvenie said: “Ryan is passionate about what he does and has managed to establish a viable business by both building and maintaining beautiful wooden boats.

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