W. Trout & Son Ltd is
a family business offering a full boatyard service
undertaking all kinds of work to new and old boats.
And if we are not working on your boat then we are
probably playing on ours - we are boat people through
and through! With a mix of traditional skills rooted
in our 100 years of boat building and repairing history
and the latest training our team can tackle any job.
See below for more on the individual skills and experience
we have to offer.
|Monday to Friday:
||8am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 5.00pm
||8am - 12.30pm
||Closed - Gone boating!
Mark Trout – Director
working with his father & grandfather while still
at school, went to Falmouth College and did the Yacht,
Boatbuilding & Design course in 1986 – 87.
Mark’s first project after leaving college was
to design and build the wooden Exe 20. Since then
he has worked alongside Michael, building, repairing,
painting, rigging the many different types of boats
that have come through the yard. Mark is now managing
the boatyard and developing the business in new directions.
At every opportunity Mark is found
out on the water wake boarding, wind surfing and sailing.
Heidi Trout - Company Secretary
Married Mark in 1992 and has worked in many business
before bringing her many talents to join Trout’s
in 2000. Heidi is in charge of the everyday administration
for the boatyard and is usually the person who answers
the phone in the first instance.
Heidi is a qualified Yacht Broker
having completed an Association of Brokers and Yacht
Agents' course in 2004.
Heidi enjoys sailing, wakeboarding,
the gym alongside running Mark and their daughters,
Holly and Zoe.
Michael Trout - Director
Started work at the age of 15 in the workshop which
is now the front bar of the Lighter Inn. Michael was
apprenticed to his father and grandfather for 5 years,
learning all the wooden boat building skills he still
uses today, 50 years later. Now semi retired!
When the business moved over to
Ferry Road, Michael helped his father build the quay
alongside the yard. With the introduction of fibre
glass to the boat building world, Michael started
the production of the Exe 17s, Raleigh Dinghies, fitting
out bigger boats and repairs in the new material alongside
the wood which is still his first love.
Lynn Trout – Director
Married Michael in 1965 after falling at his feet
in Topsham mud! In 1986 Lynn started to assist Daniel
with the administration taking over by 1988. Lynn
has now passed the every day paperwork to Heidi and
is left with the more challenging administrative tasks
and Saturday mornings in the office.
Steve the Olympic Torch Bearer
Steve said 'it was an amazing experience. As soon as he got off the bus people wanted to take photos of me with the torch! The crowds were huge'. He is grateful for the support. Well done!
Steve did a Yacht, Boatbuilding & Design course
at Falmouth College in 1985 – 86. He then worked
at a local Sail makers, McNamara Sails, Exmouth followed
by 12 years with the Marines as their Boatman at Exmouth,
then on to Spinnakers as an instructor, before joining
Trout’s in 2002.
Steve is a qualified RYA coach and
powerboat instructor. He made the grade to be taken
to do the Olympic training sailing 470s sailing dinghies.
Steve’s leisure activities include being the
Deputy Coxswain on the Exmouth RNLI lifeboat, sailing,
kite surfing, cycling, running marathons, including
the London Marathon and his allotment and family.
left college in 1987 after doing a BTEC Recreation
& Leisure management course. Qualified as a dinghy
instructor he headed to the warmth of the Caribbean.
Where he ended up running a 65ft catamaran on charter.
When not chartered he looked after the parasailing
and dive boats. 1990 took him to the Mediterranean.
There doing yacht deliveries all over the mediterranean
landed him working for Sunsail Turkey teaching windsurfing
/ sailing in dinghies and yachts. Then on to the Expo
97/98 Around the World Rally as 1st Mate. Jason then
captained the Nelson Merrick ULDB 68 along with a
Bashford Harrison 41' through 2 successful Caribbean
race circuits. This culminated in him becoming 1st
mate /co captain on the Maxi 80' Bols Sport, 2nd in
Gotland Runt and 1st in IMS Sydney- Hobart 2001. Jason
then spent 6 months on the J Class yacht Endeavour
before returning to Topsham.
Jason is a qualified Yachtmaster
and dinghy instructor and has completed roughly 165,000
miles at sea. His leisure time is spent playing hockey,
squash and most sports which get him on to the water.
Sean was born in Topsham and after leaving school at the age of 16, spent 17 years working at Retreat Boatyard learning all the boat building skills he could, progressing to the position of Yard Supervisor, before seeking a change and taking employment with us in 2006. His strengths are hull painting and finishing and GRP work, in particular matching gelcoat colours so his repairs will blend in usually invisibly.
In his spare time Sean is a fitness fanatic and does different forms of exercise each week. He is Manager of the Trouts Boatyard Topsham 5-a side football team, currently playing in the Tuesday Pitch Invasion Championship League. Sean is also in training for the Great West Run half marathon and hoping to beat his previous time of 1 hour 33 minutes. In addition he enjoys cycling and this summer he swam in the Topsham to Turf charity swim.
Working in boat yards all his life has turned him into a keen sailor. He owns a 31ft Harmony Sailing Yacht which he is currently re-vamping in order to sell to buy a house with his partner.