About East Coast Motorboat Training

East Coast Motorboat Training is an RYA recognised training centre situated on the North sea coast at Lowestoft. With access to 120 miles of navigable inland waterways and the North Sea, we can offer the ideal location for all levels of training.

Principal and Chief Instructor Chris Billson, started East Coast Motorboat Training in 2015 with a mission to deliver professional, quality tuition that is fun, safe and rewarding for the whole family.

Born in 1983, Chris moved from West Yorkshire to Norfolk with his parents Tony and Lesley and his sister Rachel in 1986.



An attraction to the water was inevitable for Tony after spending his early years in the Royal Navy serving on the aircraft carriers Bulwark and Ark Royal and he subsequently bought their first family boat in 1988, a 17ft Shetland 535.

At the age of just five Chris was already taking to the helm under the watchful eye of his father.

15 years were spent as a family exploring the beautiful Norfolk Broads National Park with boats growing in size from the Shetland 535 to a 20ft Norman Conquest then a 22ft Norman Wide Beam.

When Chris reached just 11 years of age his father bought their first sea going vessel, a 30ft Cleopatra which was in need of some serious restoration.



Between Chris and Tony the vessel was brought up to a sea going condition and with the help of friends ventured on their first sea trip in the summer of 1996.

From then the call to the sea was never going to go away.

Over the next 10 years the family explored the East Coast from their home port in Lowestoft on a variety of boats from a Freeman 33 Sport, Broom 35 Sedan and a Princess 435. The family's current vessel Maujon, a 40ft Colvic Beta, has been with them for since 2010 and has taken them as far afield as London.

Maujon, pictured throughout this website, is now the centre's own training vessel.




Chris brings over 30 years boating experience to East Coast Motorboat Training to deliver a range of RYA approved training courses across the East of England.

All of our training courses can be tailored to your needs as an individual or organisation.

To discuss your requirements and our availability please contact Chris on 07570 794196 or by email.



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