Cranchi and Shepherds share a common 19th Century wooden boatbuilding heritage, which makes this new appointment all the more exciting. As it approaches its 150th anniversary, Cranchi now enjoys its best ever representation in the UK through distributor Tingdene Boat Sales’ 10 sales offices, in partnership with an expanding network of four dealers that have each been carefully selected for their knowledge and commitment to service.
The Shepherds business can trace its roots back to the late 1800s when Nathaniel Shepherd hand-built wooden boats at Bowness Bay, on Windermere. These days the company provides the exclusive boat sales and brokerage operation for Windermere Marina Village and is well placed to serve the population of the more than 4000 boats on Lake Windermere, as well as boatowners across the North of England and Scotland. Shepherds is run by highly experienced staff including Sales Director John Birkett and Business Development Manager Alex Barton.
Speaking of the appointment, John Birkett says: “We see the Cranchi dealership as a key part of the services we offer our customers. In particular the Cranchi E26 Classic and E26 Rider are hugely important models as they enable us to address the demand for a high-end day boat for our many clients who have holiday homes on the Marina Village and nearby. They are a perfect way of exploring the Lake and using the jetties to stop for lunch or visit the shops and bars of Bowness and Ambleside.”
Neil Mallandain, Sales Director for Tingdene Boat Sales, said: “We’ve carefully selected a set of partners that we know and trust to further expand the reach of our 10 sales offices. The team at Shepherds have an enviable reputation in their locality. It’s great to welcome a business with such a strong heritage and reputation into the Cranchi UK family.
“Cranchi’s world-beating line-up offers something for everyone between 26ft-78ft. We are matching that broad appeal by ensuring you are never far away from a Cranchi dealer in Britain, thanks to a strong network of 14 offices that is perfectly equipped to assist customers with any aspect of the versatile and brilliantly built boats in the range.”