Foxhangers Canal Holidays have been delighting customers since 1997 with our beautiful fleet of narrowboats and exciting holiday adventures.

Based on the stunning, historic, Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes, Wiltshire, we now seek a motivated and passionate Senior Boat Builder Joiner to work as an integral part of our engineering team.


We are seeking a skilled Mechanic to join our team. The Foxhangers Marine Engineering team is responsible for ensuring that all our holiday hire boats are maintained to the best possible condition during each turn around day and in the off-season winter maintenance period.

As a Boat Mechanic, you will take a senior role within a small team of engineers, mechanics and boat operatives and you will report to the Engineering Manager. You will be responsible for: maintaining the high standards established for fleet maintenance and inspection; following handover procedures; and keeping the general safety, cleanliness, security and customer care standards at the wharf area in good order. The role requires you to be available for ‘call outs’ to attend the hire fleet in the event of a breakdown, which includes some evenings and weekends as part of a rota.

Fundamental to this role is the ability to diagnose and resolve diesel engine, electrical and plumbing problems with the hire fleet as well assisting with Foxhangers boat building activities. Fault finding and repairs for privately owned boats.

A positive, customer facing, ‘can do’ attitude is crucial to this role when conducting boat handovers and greeting customers, dealing with sensitive issues or minor disputes, as well as when carrying out boat repairs and servicing for private boat owners.

Required Skills:

Reporting to the Engineering Manager and working in a small maintenance team you will need to provide most of your own tools and possess the following skills and attributes:

  • AC and DC Electrical knowledge with fault-finding skills
  • Diesel engine knowledge and maintenance skills
  • Plumbing knowledge and fault-finding skills
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels
  • Confidence to liaise with customers
  • Hard working
  • Fit and relatively agile
  • Good team player
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to prioritise jobs
  • Initiative
  • Flexibility in working hours
  • Attention for detail with engine room and internal boat checks
  • Current driver’s licence

Preferred Skills:

  • Good narrowboat handling skills
  • Boat master/Helmsman license
  • First Aid Certificate (training can be provided)
  • Computer literacy

This position offers competitive pay based on experience and skills. Join our team of dedicated professionals in a dynamic work environment where your expertise will be valued. Apply now to be part of our team of skilled mechanics and engineers!

Job Types: Part or Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £26,000.00-£36,000.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
  • Boat hire discounts


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability


If you think this could be the opportunity for you, please write to us telling us how your qualifications, skills, and experience make you suited to this position, be sure to mention your earliest availability and whether you would need to work any notice to any current employer. Please also enclose a full employment history CV.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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