Steve Priest also has over 3 decades of experience in the restoration and repair of working boats to the most exacting, historically accurate standards. He builds modern working tugs and replica narrowboats, but his well known specialty for the last 15 years is traditional hot riveting of hulls and cabins for museums and private owners. The resulting work is distinguishable from the original only by its newness.
Examples include Scorpio (for British Waterways), Antlia, Sextans and his own motorboat Aquila. Having owned many former Grand Union Canal Carrying Co. boats he has become an expert in the history and construction of these craft, giving his work an unmatched authority. In addition he has been responsible for restoration of other types, most notably the rebuilding of the Fellows, Morton and Clayton motorboat, Dragon