Adam is a long term served engineer in all types of diesel and gas powered engines whereas Lucien has an administration background, so Adam concentrates on carrying out the work and Lucien concentrates on running the business.
Initially the business was set up to trade as Corgi registered domestic and commercial gas engineers but whilst Adam was qualifying for Corgi registration the business was not able to carry out any work. Qualification was achieved, but until then Adam and Lucien had to come up with a plan to make money since leaving their previous jobs.
Until qualification was achieved it was decided that the canal was a good place to start looking. There are many canals in the North West with many boats each with an engine which the owners rely on for propulsion, power, hot water and heating.
Corgi qualification was achieved in March 2002 which meant that the company was able to trade as gas engineers and marine engineers which it did quite successfully. Lucien and Adam decided that a much better life was to be had by working on the canal, so started to promote the marine engineering side.
More and more engine servicing, repairs and overhauls were carried out which meant that the garden shed was no longer big enough for their needs.
It wasn’t until one day when Adam and Lucien were out fitting one of their re-manufactured BMC engines that the customer showed them a copy of Waterways World magazine with an advert that L&L Cruisers Ltd in Chorley was up for sale. They decided to give the sale agents a call to arrange to have a look as it was only 20 miles from Swinton so keeping all of their existing customers was possible.
They met the previous owners, explained their predicament, and the previous owners offered them a deal. Why not rent the workshop for six months, decide if you like it then buy the workshop, the rest of the business, then the private bungalow after that?
This was a fantastic offer, one they could not refuse to investigate. They moved into the workshop in October 2003 and Lucien had discussions with Natwest Bank who agreed to support the purchase of the workshop after the six month rental period. So in April 2004 Adam and Lucien owned a canal side workshop. Who’d of thought that after just over two years of trading?!!!
One of P B Mechanical’s customers was a couple from New Zealand who purchased a boat to live on in England. The boat needed quite a lot of mechanical repair work and P B was entrusted to carry this out for them, in turn Lucien and Adam became good friends with the owners of narrowboat “Aroha”.
The weekly hire boat business went well, with lots of happy customers, but complications arose when “Aroha”‘s owners decided that they needed to sell her. With the purchase of the rest of L&L Cruisers Ltd looming, which included the day boat hire business, Adam and Lucien couldn’t afford to buy “Aroha” and provide the necessary deposit for the next stage of buying the boatyard. It was decided the the weekly hire business would no longer be in operation from January 2008. It was an amicable decision and Adam and Lucien are still good friends with them today.
Adam and Lucien were due to purchase the rest of L&L Cruisers Ltd in September 2008 and the previous owners suggested that they could lease the day boats until then to make the most of the 2008 summer season. So in April 2008, Ellerbeck Narrowboats daily and evening hire began operation. In September 2008 Lucien and Adam purchased the rest of L&L Cruisers Ltd which included the day boat business, the moorings and slipway.
The purchase of the private bungalow is now complete and Adam and Lucien are now proud owners of a complete boatyard. It has taken them a while and there are a few plans in the pipeline to develop the yard to fulfill its potential.
We would like to thank all of our customers, old and new, for their continuing support and hope that we can continue to serve you all long into the future.