High Line Yachting Ltd
High Line Yachting Ltd was formed in 1971 with John Bolsom being one of the original directors.
John had already had several years experience from student days when, with friends, he was involved in converting and operating a 70ft wooden ‘Joey’ boat being involved at the very end of commercial, taking over 20t of loose coal from the Midlands to near London.
In early 1972 Francis Rowland became a director of the Company and he and John have continued to operate the company through to the present day. In 1972, the company operated three canal hire boats from a temporary base at Three Bridges, Southall on the Grand Union. By the end of 1972, the company took over the existing Iver boatyard on the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal and over the next few years expanded the hire fleet to over a dozen boats together with operating a fully working boatyard with moorings and dry storage for craft.
In 1974 the company took on a boatyard at Thurmaston on the River Soar in Leicestershire, operating both the boatyard and hire boats from this location. This operation was subsequently sold in 1978 to the director who was operating it at the time. In 1976 the company was instrumental in setting up Uxbridge Boat Centre Ltd and took a one third holding. This highly successful company took over the old FMC boatyard at Uxbridge and today is both a major chandlery and boatyard. The holding was sold in 1983.