Charles King is a qualified engineer and small craft surveyor with a particular specialism in narrow boats and other steel inland waterways vessels. Charles is an Accredited Member of the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association
Having completed his diploma in small craft surveying with the Lloyds Maritime Academy in 2011, gaining a distinction with accreditation in Inland Waterways, Canal Craft and small commercial craft, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Charles has a professional background in mechanical engineering a lifelong interest in the waterways.
On leaving school Charles gained a BTEC national diploma in mechanical engineering, and following this worked for various plant and machinery dealers and manufacturers where he gained a wealth of experience in a number of areas, including agriculture, renewable energy, inshore oil and gas production and of course, the marine sector. His job took him all over the country and he regularly worked in the Midlands, Yorkshire, and North East Lincolnshire including the commercial docks and ports of the tidal river Trent and Lincolnshire coast.
During his time as a marine engineer working at several busy boatyards in the Midlands, he has gained plenty of experience in welded hull repairs and over-plating, superstructure modifications, engine and gearbox replacements and repairs, stern tube overhauls, fit-outs and associated plumbing and electrics.
Charles and his Wife Caroline own an ex working boat. Built in 1936 for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company Beaulieu is a motor boat of the class known as the Big Woolwich or Town Class boats and is included in the national register of historic vessels.