Our Experts

Meet the faces behind Project [email protected] from those who are lovingly restoring our 1968 model to those who have shared their memories of the company’s first boat.

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David King

Board Director and co-founder

In 1965 David and two friends established Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd to fit out and charter Project 31. This boat was sold marking the beginning of what is today one of the world's leading shipyards. Today David is a Director involved in new product development and is sharing his expertise to support the restoration of Project [email protected]

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Gerry Lapthorn

Refit Manager

Gerry has worked with Princess for around 25 years and is using his experience to coordinate the restoration of Project [email protected] “From the moment I saw her in Jersey, I knew we were on to something special with this boat. I have a great team behind me who are just as passionate about the project and we cannot wait to see her back on the water.”

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Will Staddon


Will has completed nearly 10 years service with Princess, most recently as engineer on the new Princess 30M - the latest Princess M Class which will mark the entry point to the fleet. He will be drawing upon his vast experience to refit and reengineer Project [email protected] to the highest standard. 

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Callum Wilkinson

Apprentice Engineer

Callum is a 3rd year Apprentice Engineer who will be working under the mentorship of Project [email protected]'s lead engineer Will Staddon to bring new life back to the boat. Callum has been developing his skills working on the latest M Class development - the new Princess 35M. He follows in the footsteps of his father who is an engineer at Princess. 

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Peter Moore


Having been a part of the original Project 31 build crew Peter has returned to share his experiences with the Project [email protected] team. Peter went on to enjoy a career at Princess that spanned over three decades, eventually managing the company's shipyard at Lee Mill before his retirement at 65.

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Roger Bishop

CAD Technician/Carpenter

Roger has completed over 25 years of service within Princess. Since joining in the woodworking department he has experienced different areas of the business and is today the CAD (Computed Aided Design) Technician working within the Development Mock-up Team. Roger is lending his skills to Project [email protected] to support her restoration and bring her into the digital era. 

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