Cris has worked at the family boat yard since 2006 and now heads Rossiter Rowing Boats always striving to provide the best possible service for not just our customers but all ocean rowers. Cris served his boat building apprenticeship with Blondecell of Southampton while studying at Solent Universities marine campus. At Blondecell Cris built over 100 Hawk 20 day sailing boats and worked on and built a wide variety of boats including, the opulent Discovery 55 yachts, a 70′ steel hulled Arctic Whale research vessel for IFAW, 75′ Sea Scout training ship, luxury house boats with bespoke granite galleys and hot tubs, super-fast Bladerunnerpower boats and all manner of craft in-between. After leaving Blondecell Cris worked for Yachting Projects in Hamble Point Marina building Swordsman power boats and carrying out general repairs and maintenance to the wide variety of boats in the marina.
Before Cris started building boats he was a cocktail barman and cook in Southampton and the New Forest’s various bars and pubs helping the good people of the South coast make the most of their evenings out!!!
In September 2005 Dan joined us as an apprentice boat builder. Since that first day Dan has become a valued member of our team, never shying away from learning a new skill. Most recently Dan has perfected the art of spray painting boats, which is fantastic for us to be able to keep it in house. Dan’s versatility sees him carry out all aspects of boat yard work from joinery to helping lift the boats in and out of the water. Dan has now built or worked on dozens of ocean and coastal rowing boats to an exceptionally high standard.
He is a keen sailor in his spare time and is often seen sailing in the Solent and further afield.
When Simon joined us several years ago he bought with him a wealth of boatbuilding experience which without we wouldn’t be able to now produce the high quality boats we do. Simon shows real expertise in his craft on a daily basis and constructs even our largest boats with ease and a smile. Utilising modern state of the art materials and equipment Simon demonstrates a flair for producing a quality finish to every job he does.
Before he came to us Simon built exquisite racing yachts that have sailed on all of the world’s oceans, he and his family are all avid sailors.
Dave is a highly trained and BMET qualified marine electrician. He astounds us with his knowledge of electronics and relating subject, from wiring grades to the best satellite systems to use for certain pieces equipment. Dave has not only installed every major brand of marine electronics, he also produces wiring diagrams and is more than happy to sit on the boats with customers and give run through tuition on the operation of the equipment. If you are really lucky he may even find time to tell you about his holiday in Barbados!!!
Phillip (Fuzzy) Chuck
Phillip came to us on the recommendation of our rowing equipment manufacturers Neaves Rowing Services and we cannot thank them enough. Phillip bought his experience as a coach and rower at Bournemouth University. Other than being fantastic at setting up boats, he has also become a real asset in fitting out, as well as developing a skill for the lay up process. We are not sure where the ‘Fuzzy’ nickname comes from and I’m not sure we want to know!!!