Charlie has sailed since he was four on the north Norfolk coast. He has a wealth of experience sailing all types of boats from racing dinghies to large traditional sailing vessels, and has skippered the famous Falmouth Pilot Cutter 'Chloe May' for several years. He has run his own boat building company for over 40 years building all sizes of traditional style craft including the well-known 'Norfolk Urchin' and 'Norfolk Oyster' dayboats, and 'Norfolk Gypsy' and 'Norfolk Smuggler' yachts.
For many years he was one of only six licensed builders, worldwide, of lifeboats for ships and oil rigs and built many lifeboats for all the leading cruise ship and North Sea oil exploration companies. He was also a principal contractor or to the Ministry of Defence and Trinity House.
He lives beside his boatyard at Morston on the edge of the salt marshes overlooking Blakeney harbour with his wife Helen (who regularly crews Juno) and young son George. He also has three daughters, Rebecca, Kate and Anna.
Charlie has always had a passion for barges and has spent many years searching both in the UK and overseas for a Barge to live on and charter during the summer. Unable to find a suitable vessel in good condition, he decided to build JUNO, which was launched in March 2000 creating considerable publicity. She is now available for local charter, skippered by Charlie.