Eagle Boat Windows is now run and managed by Rowland Smith and Tim Prescott. Though we cross over in terms of responsibilities, for now Tim does the physical work while Rowland picks up the phone and does the admin/commercial and systems tasks.
The underlying company Eagle 3 Holdings Ltd has three shareholders, Rowland, Tim and Jenny (Rowland's wife). In time Jenny may join our day to day to expand our commercial reach and apply her (better) organisational skills.
Below is some details of us, so you know who you're dealing with.
Tim is a time served apprenticed toolmaker and machinist with over 30 years experience working as, with and for engineers, applying his measured approach to prototype development and production. Skilled in CNC programming and component manufacture, his previous projects have included motorsport parts for leading supercar manufacturers and Formula 1. Of Northern decent, you’ll find him straight talking and a stickler for quality, consistency and engineered solutions. He loves motorbikes too. Tim has been known to sail Rowland's boat but is also likes flotilla sailing in warmer climates.
Rowland qualified as a Naval Architect and worked with BP Shipping prior to a career in IT and technology related business. An engineer at heart, but with business qualifications and experience, he also founded and has run a marine certification business (Gablemarine) for the past 10 years, helping clients identify, purchase, transport and certify (CE) a wide range of powered and sailing craft. ISO 12216 which deals with marine windows and openings forms a core element of CE certification, so he is ideally positioned to provide guidance and has recently been involved in the final consultation for the revised versions ISO 12216:2019 due to be published this year.
A lifelong sailor, racer and boat owner he appreciates the challenges yacht maintenance can inflict and will strive to ensure EBW continues to deliver quality, longevity and performance in its products and services, whether you are an owner, refit manager or the RNLI.
His current yacht is a 1990 Halmatic 30 'Liberte Boo', named after the fitness class he met Jenny (which they still do 9 years later) and the nickname of her dear friend, lost too early to cancer. LB as the family know her was built to a very high standard by her first (and only previous) owner, fitted out to yard specification, but using Mahogany saved in the 1950's from a bank refit at a site dating back to the early 20th Century. A new rig was added in 2011 and she has proved to be a capable, if not race winning cruiser.
For racing Rowland acts as tactician, spinnaker trimmer and part time helm on the beautiful Moody built 1966 Holman, 'Mabel', owned by friend Bruce, founder of the bi-annual Classic Channel Regatta (CRAB), typically from Dartmouth to Paimpol.
This year we were supposed to be racing from Plymouth to Santander, via Brest and then La Rochelle on the way back, but like with all of us, C19 got in the way....
Jenny remains (for now) with the local Hospice as events fund raising manager, a part-time role she has developed over the past 14 years from being alone to having a team of five. Over the years her events have raised in excess of £2M for the Hospice, supporting dignified end of life care for the community. 11 years ago she instigated what is now the largest single annual event, ‘Girls Night out’ with over 2,000 women walking our streets wearing pyjamas and flashing bunny ears into the evening darkness, supported by over 300 marshals, public, fire, police, RAF and USAF and more. In one night this adds £250k to the Hospice. In time Jenny will apply these skills to support the admin and sales function at EBW. She’s also Vegan and a fabulous cook.