Testimonials & Qualifications.

Recent Testimonials:
(client email addresses available on application.)

I couldn’t have wished for anybody more suitable for the 3 week long move of my trad narrowboat than Giles. Not only is he very approachable, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about all things boating, he has a meticulous eye for details and his keen observations throughout the move were greatly appreciated. All specifics of the move were clearly documented and planned, and at a very competitive price for the distance - fair more reassuring for me than arranging craning and haulage.

I really appreciated Giles’ professionalism and support with the various range of questions that I, as a new boater, threw at him along the way. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to recommend the ‘Your Helmsman’ service to anyone in need of a boat move, large or small!

-- Ben Sudell

Giles’ communication was impeccable from pre to post move. He made us both feel that the boat was in safe hands & didn’t want to do anything we felt uncomfortable with. He even took very good care of our cat.

Giles went above and beyond, was professional and polite, and extremely low maintenance. Thank you and the best wishes for the future. T&Y.

-- Tee Gray

Giles was professional and incredibly friendly. Would highly recommend him and will be using him again.

-- Liz Norris


After several decades as a leisure boater, a few years ago I began helming boats as a volunteer for the Canal & River Trust and this experience led me into directly offering my skills as a boat mover.

In the last two years I logged over nine hundred hours at the helm of a great variety of boats on both rivers and canals.

I'm licensed by the Canal & River Trust to move boats using trade plates (useful, if your boat is currently on another waterway authority or is, as yet, unlicensed.)

I carry two million pounds worth of Public Liability Insurance through Mercia Marine.

"I consider it important to always be learning; that means cementing the experience I've gained with appropriate qualifications."

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