Meet Our Team

Exceeding your expectations

Meet Our Team

We are a small but enthusiastic team dedicated to building your boat to the highest standard and making sure your purchasing experience exceeds your expectations.

Artie Chalmers

Position: CEO and Build Director

Director Artie founded Elton Moss Boatbuilders and the Northwich Boat Company in 2003. A Chartered Accountant, Artie never intended to become a boat builder. However, when the original (expensively bought from a very reputable boat builder) narrowboat in the Carefree Cruising shared ownership scheme (which Artie founded in 2002) proved to be not up to the job, he decided that the only way to ensure that the boats were built to the right quality was to do it ourselves. Elton Moss Boatbuilders and The Northwich Boat Company were born!

A regular and enthusiastic narrowboater, Artie puts his knowledge to good use advising and guiding customers through the boat buying and boat building process.

Artie’s previous career was as a Divisional Managing Director with a household name retailer with over 600 shops.

Jay Parry

Position: Technical Manager

Jay, our Technical Manager, has spent the later part of his working life in the marine industry and has gained vast knowledge in all areas of boat fitting and engineering, which complements his previous carpentry roles. Jay worked as a senior member of the maintenance team for over 10 years and was promoted to his current role in 2017. Jay along with his team undertake the pre-delivery inspections on our new boats, hand them over to the customers and address any after-sales niggles that occasionally crop up after delivery.

Jay also manages the maintenance and turnaround of our sister company’s 19 shared ownership boats, giving him a unique insight into the reliability (or otherwise!) of the equipment fitted to boats.

Ivo Vyskocil

Position: Production Director (Europe)

Ivo (pronounced “evo”) is the manager for our boat building factory, which is located near to Trebic, in the Czech Republic.

A Czech national, Ivo owned his own joinery manufacturing business in the Czech Republic before moving to the UK in 2005. He joined Elton Moss Boatbuilders, where he teamed up with Artie and learned boat building, before returning to the Czech Republic in 2008. Since then, he has been managing our boat building factory, which has produced over 80 boats to date.