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  -  CEO and Build 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.


Simon Greasby  –  Head of Sales

Our new Head of Sales, Simon is enthusiastic and has a keen eye for detail. He takes great pleasure in supporting and advising his customers and helping them match themselves to the boat that is best suited to their needs.


Vanessa Carter – Sales Executive
Vanessa loves her boats.  Having previously lived aboard a narrowboat for many years, she has just swapped bricks and mortar for the floating life again. Vanessa is able to advise customers about live aboard boating from a personal perspective.  She joined Elton Moss Boatbuilders in 2014.


Ivo Vyskocil  -  Production Director (Europe)

Ivo (pronounced “evo”) manages 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.


Paul Wheeler  -  After Sales Manager

Paul has spent almost all of his working life in the inland waterways industry, starting as an apprentice boat engineer with ABC Leisure.   This is Paul’s second period of employment with us (he was previously our UK production manager) and he and 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.

Paul also manages the maintenance and turnaround of our sister company’s  16 shared ownership boats, giving him a unique insight into the reliability (or otherwise!) of the equipment fitted to boats.