A club open to anyone who owns a Piper-built boat
About The Club....
Originally known as the David Piper Owners’ Club, was set up by a group
of owners in 1982. The purpose of
this informal club is to provide social events, cruises, exchange of practical
information and contact between owners of Piper boats throughout the UK.
When news of David’s
pending retirement loomed in 1999, it was decided to change the name of the club
to include boats built by his son, Simon Piper, who had been building boats at
Red Bull to his father’s designs for several years, prior to setting up his
own business in Biddulph. The
Piper Owners’ Club is open to anyone who owns a Piper boat. Associate
members are those who owned a Piper boat, but who have now retired from boating. The
club is run by an informal committee and offers:
IS MEANT BY A PIPER-BUILT BOAT?
David Piper began his career in 1965, fitting out new boats and maintaining a hire fleet at Norbury Junction. He fitted wooden tops on to steel boats. In 1968, David and his wife, Dorothy, set up on their own, building steel boats at Norbury village, launching them at Gnosall. In 1972, they moved to Red Bull Basin as they had outgrown the Norbury site. In the late 70s, they decided to concentrate on building quality boats for private purchase. The boats developed a distinctive style which is recognised all over the canal system.
In 2001 David
and Dorothy retired from boatbuilding, and Red Bull Yard was sold to British
Waterways. However, the Piper
boatbuilding tradition continues as their son, Simon builds quality boats at