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Company Background

Since 1969 Balliol Fowden has worked continuously in the marine industry, initially being employed by various British inland boatyards and businesses engaged in general activities such as hire craft and passenger vessel operation, barge conversion and engine repairs. Perhaps less usefully, he also learnt how to handle and harness Shire horses and use them to pull barges!

In 1977 he founded his own boat building and repair business in Braunston, Northants, employing up to 15 people and eventually operating out of two yards. The company built all forms of inland vessels including narrow boats, tugs and barges for pleasure and commercial purposes. Just as importantly it undertook all forms of repairs on hulls, engines and installations, and was in the vanguard with innovative things (for the seventies!) like 230 volt generators. The company was a leading restorer of vintage trading craft, with a "no job too large, no hull too poor" philosophy. In 1985 this company was re-named "Anglo European Marine Ltd." AEM conceived, designed and built the first narrow beam Dutch Luxe-Motor style narrow boat and also the first ever replica Luxe-Motor barge to be built in Europe, both since widely imitated.

In 1981 Balliol set up a new narrow boat hire fleet at Braunston (Braunston Boats (Hire) Ltd.) and also bought another long established boatyard and hire fleet business (Willow Wren Hire Cruisers Ltd.) in Rugby. AEM built new fleets for both businesses, all built to exacting standards for long and trouble free working lives, and many of those boats are still working hard today.

During the 90's Balliol was founding Deputy Chairman of the Dutch Barge Association and the Barge Cruising Association and served those associations for a total of eight years as Deputy Chairman and Journal Editor.

Balliol has been a member of the Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association since 1988 and has served on the Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association's national committee and the Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association council since the mid nineties, including terms as Chairman and President respectively.

Balliol has been surveying boats for repair and restoration purposes since 1977. He commenced practicing formally as a commercial yacht, barge and boat surveyor in 1985. Since that time he has gradually reduced his involvement in other aspects of his businesses. His principal occupation now is marine survey and consultancy work through Anglo European Marine Ltd., with no other conflicts of interest. 

Marine Surveyors/Consultants

Principal Surveyor:
Balliol Fowden FYDSA.

+44 1788 541020

+44 7831 232823

+44 1788 543517


Burleigh House,
273, Hillmorton Road,
CV22 5BH