Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tynningo is a 100 foot yacht Gordon Engle bought in Sweden. She was sent to Poland in November 2007. That's when the fun started with Keith and Paul. After I, Gordon, wired them $70,000 USD (see for value received scan in PICS signed by Keith) - they proceeded to use my cash for their own projects.One of my green diesel generators is still in Malbork Poland at Narrow Boats. It is worth $40,000!Also a piece of artwork by Peter Lik that is numbered and worth $20,000 - it is probably hanging in Keith's house.Both the generator and art pictures are on this site.


Dear Gordon,

Thank you for your email and since your call, I have thought of little else than your situation. I cannot believe that once again they have found some poor sole to extract money from. In the light of this, I thought that I should outline the situation and the chain of events in connection with Amber Boats and Paul Geary.

Paul Geary, after being declared Bankrupt, approached a guy called Trevor Vicker's, to finance a boat building venture that he wanted to start in Poland. He told Trevor that he wanted about £50,000 to get the company up and running ( this figure eventually rose to over £600,000 plus what another investor put in at a later date ), so Trevor invested and the company Amber Boats SP z.o.o. was launched. However, they did not have any customers and so Paul came to England to find outlets. They built three boats which they sold to British Waterways and somehow found out that another of our companies wanted to replace its aging fleet. We have another boat building company of our own called Heritage Boat Builders Limited, which has been established about 30 yrs., but our order books were too full for us to build the boats ourselves.

Eventually, we reached agreement with Amber to build the boats for us. At the end of this order, some 2 yrs later, Amber had to start building boats for customers as we had taken nearly all of their production to date. Paul approached me as Evesham Marina and asked would I consider being their UK importer for their retail market. I told him that I would not say yes immediately, but would consider the proposal. Then out of the blue, I saw another company called Narrowcraft Ltd., was advertising as the sole UK importer of Amber Boats. I tried to contact Paul but he kept avoiding me. I then phoned Trevor and asked what was going on. He told me that he did not know anything about the Narrowcraft situation and no way would he agree to them being the agent. If it was going to happen and if I agreed to be the importer, he only wanted it to be with my company as we have been established since 1926 and was financially secure. This all took place in March, April and May 2006.

In June 2006, Trevor approached me and asked me if I wanted to purchase his share holding in Amber Boats, which at this point in time was 40%. Paul Geary also held 40% (although he had never paid for his shares or invested any of his own capital in the company ) and by now, there was another Investor called Andrzej Myzyk who was a Polish Industrialist who had spent a large part of his life in the UK and now lives in Krakow, who held the remaining 20%. I had a meeting with Paul and asked if he had any objections to me purchasing Trevor's share's and he said no he was quite happy for me to do so. I was quite surprised as I had made it clear that I would want to control the finances a lot tighter than Trevor did.

Three weeks later. I still had not given an answer to Trevor as I was not happy with certain things that I had found out about Paul, for although I had never had any problems with him and always found him very pleasant, I did not trust him in any way and did not feel that was a very good basis on which to go into the company. At this time, Trevor received a phone call from their chief designer Michal, to say that he was very unhappy with the formation of the NEW company and did not really want to be a Director. Trevor did not know anything about a NEW company and was told that if Michal did not accept a Directorship, then they would dispose of his services as Amber Boats was being wound up.

Trevor immediately called Andrzej and he went to the factory to find out what was going on. Once he investigated the situation, it came to light that Paul along with Malcome Burge of Narrowcraft, had appointed a Receiver to wind the company up on the 31st July. Burge had then formed another company in Poland to buy the assets off of the Receiver at a knock down price. The result of this was that Burge would acquire all of the assets, staff and factories at a knock down price and Paul would continue to run the operation for Burge. Now I know why Paul did not mind me coming on board as he had already had plans in place to steal the company.

Trevor and Andrzej immediately dismissed Paul and sent a file to the Director of Public Prosecutors office and this is currently under investigation. If he was found guilty of the charges, it will without doubt lead to a Prison sentence. I then purchased a third share in Amber Boats SP z.o.o and started Amber Boats (UK) Limited to handle the UK sales.

Since then, Trevor has taken him to Court here in the UK over other matters and got Judgments against him, but unfortunately, because he has nothing, he has not received anything from him and is now considering issuing a Bankruptcy order against him. Our Lawyer in Malbork, has now been appointed by his ex wife, to sue him for child maintenance, which he has now stopped paying as the Courts in the UK cannot touch him in Poland, but it seems that he can be prosecuted over there.

I am sorry that this is such a long message, but you really need to know as much about these two as possible if you are going to invest money with them. They have a whole life long trail of failed businesses and investors you have lost nearly everything. Paul has started other companies while being involved with Trevor and Andrzej and has STOLEN labour and materials from Amber Boats for the benefit of these companies of which he was to only beneficiary. Not to mention his time and flights and many other costs which have been picked up by Amber.

My advice is to cut your losses and get out. I would remove your boat from Burge's premises as soon as possible and find another firm to fit it out. I know that Burge is not very happy with the operation in Poland and if he decided to place the company into receivership and your boat was on the premises, it could be seized by a Receiver and then you would have a legal battle to get it back. Remember, Paul does NOT own the company in Poland, he is only an employee and was given a 5% share holding to retain his services.

I have asked our staff in Poland to send me the names of some good Yacht Fitters the area, which I will send you next week. If you did decide to remove your boat from their premises before you have found another firm, you would be more than welcome to store it at our steel factory, which is about a mile away from where it is at the moment. We would not charge you for the time it was there.

I do not envy you about the position that you find yourself in at the moment but please, please be very careful, I can promise you that you will get your fingers burnt. Just remember, a Leopard cannot change its spots and they cannot change their ways, it is a way of life for them. I am only pleased that I have not suffered financially by them but only by sheer luck.

I have told Trevor about your call and he has said that he would be more than happy to talk to you, if you so wished. Once again, my apologies for the length of this letter.

Good luck,

Stolen Art

Stolen Generator

FROM : puchowskibartosz@yahoo.com


I was doing design for Burton, and i had the same problem - hi didn't pay my any money for done work.
He have a big problems in Poland now.

If You nead any help ( problem whys Burton ) in Poland leat my know, I whyl try to help You.

Bartosz Puchowski

FROM : Ray Johnson [info@worldwatertaxis.com]

Hi Gordon

I am amazed these guys are still alive
Remember the ride on the yellow water taxi in Poland ?

Keith has extracted money and my moulds for the water taxi and another mould of mine that he was supposed to builds boats for he has had over £20k in deposits and not built the boat that was ordered for my client
To make matters worse I found out he was trying to sell the moulds to my client behind my back as well as coming over to USA to try to sell the idea to Rowes Warf in Boston USA whom I had been dealing with for well over a year
Another £15k in lawyers fees and I am no where near as Keith has come back to U.K and the last I heard he is trying to set up a marina in Daventry backed by Royal Bank of Scotland
Since getting mixed up with the lowlife more has come out of the woodwork before the terrible twins went to Poland more deception and double dealing went on with a company here in U.K called Amber Boats ( Tom Smith ) who is again another one to fall foul of them

Best Regards

Hi Gordon

I have been on to Tom as well so now know all there was going on before
I have had to set up a build facility here in U.k after what went on in Poland with that arsehole
Now have a Polish guy working here who live in Malborg “That’s where the river boats are being made by Keith’s Brother Paul and I was told by him that Paul is a lot worse than Keith
I real terms Keith has shafted me and my company to the tune of around £175k not to mention lost sales and lost time
After finding out that Keith is trying to set up a marina in U.K he is leaving himself wide open to U.K law now (if that works )
Certainly he can be tracked down and possibly worth getting someone to see him !!!


FROM : Eckart Streb [info@bluekat.de]

Good afternoon,
what a pity that your mail did not reach me one year ago or that I had no possibility to warn you!
I lost about 50.000 € to Keith when he did not do the work we paid him for on a 42 foot catamaran. He did not fulfil
20% of the work in contract and wanted another 10.000 € for what his workers did so far, which was done badly nevertheless.
I told him that I will move my ship to another production place which resulted that I was thrown out of the production place.
He extorted 5k from us to get our property back which we had to pay as we couldn’t wait a 2 year court in Poland against a bankrupt company and Keith for sure would have thrown a bomb into the catamaran or it would have been stolen or sth else which Julita promised me. He seriously damaged our moulds before we could take them also away. Really nice people they are!
I from my side can also only warn everybody not to deal with this guy and his lovely wife.
After this and other similar experience in Poland we decided to move our production back to Germany.
If I can provide you any help against Keith it would be a pleasure to do so.
If you want to post this letter on the website feel free to do so. Hopefully this will help
Regards from Germany
Eckart Streb

Posted online in 2005 !!!

Uwaga na firme Amber Boats w Tczewie
autor: gosc (gość) data: 2005-05-04 11:05Uwaga na Amber Boats. Firma oszustow prowadzona przez dwoch Anglikow, braci blizniakow. PAUL GEARY I KEITH BURTON SA OSZUSTAMI!!! (Blizniacy i dwa rozne nazwiska? Tez powinno dac do zastanowienia)Naciagne li kilka osob w Trojmiesice i w calej Polsce. Pochodza z Nottingham w Anglii. W Tczewie/Malborku produkuja lodzie kanalowe. Nie dajcie sie nabrac!!!Oszukuja nawet (zwlszcza) inwestorow! --------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- -- AMBER BOATS-PAUL GEARY AND KEITH BURTON ARE CHEATERS AND CROOKS. DON'T BELIEVE THEM AND INVEST ANY MONEY IN THEIR BUSINESS.FEW PEOPLE WHO INVESTED REGRET IT NOW. THEIR COMPANY IS IN TCZEW NEAR GDANSK, POLAND. THEY COME FROM NOTTINGHAM IN ENGLAND.NOW THEY ARE THINKING OF MOVING THE BUSINESS FROM TCZEW TO MALBORK AND CHANGE THE COMPANY NAME BECAUSE THEY HAVE WASTED ALL THE MONEY THAT THE INVESTOR GAVE THEM (OVER 300,000 POUNDS)!!!!
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Paul Geary wrote:

Dear Keith,

I do not want to end up with the shit end of the stick. You are treating me like a worker or another supplier. Should I be expected to pay out of my pocket for the Mor Mor project and then have to chase you to get paid? Then be told that I do not have a contract and take you to Court in Gdansk = like you appear to tell everyone else.

You have had the funds to spend on MorMor, you do not spend it on MorMor.

So how far should I expose myself? I want the money to ensure that I am not working for free = so far I have and to get back what I have paid out to the workers who have worked on the project. You have been paid for working on MorMor, but expect me to wait and hope that you have not blown the funds on Burtons Debt and new Laminate Boat projects. I told you that I have bills to pay in Nottingham = Divorce Lawyer and other costs. So why should I spend my time and my cash on a project that will not pay me back? When you were in USA, I went everyday and organised your workers. I was told that the heating did not work on MorMor and your guys had broken the filter. Julita could not buy parts = 100 USD. So I organised the parts, paid my guys in cash to come and fix the heater. Then my Plumber woked for 3 days to move the radiators and get the heating working again. So forgive me but I do not see why I should wait to get my money back, when last week Gordon Paid Burtons again. Three days latter you are saying that you do not have funds again to pay for MorMor costs.

Cheers Paul

Keith Burton wrote:

Dear Paul,

Gordon just called me and asked what's going on? Your have a right to feel concerned about costs, accounting, trace-ability, accountability and responsibility. I am happy to pay you the correct market prices, but I must also do things according to Polish Business law and general laws. What am I to do if Malcolm tells me the spray foam used belongs to Narrow Craft and no one has paid Narrow Craft for it, Burtons can then be prosecuted for buying stolen goods! Please see things from both sides. So take a little time to consider what went wrong with Amber Boats and try to avoid the same situation with Malcolm. I am not trying to steal from you or get you to work on this project cheaply, likewise I do not wish Malcolm to have some grievance against us, claiming we used his resources without payment or for a low price. Should I contact Malcolm to get his approval for use of his materials? Think on before you start throwing stones, Gordon told me he is not interested in our dispute, remember Gordon is mark! As soon as we get what we can from him and the game is up we will all move on. Why are you so desperate for this money in England next week?

regards, Keith

Background Information

Tynningo is a 100 foot yacht Gordon Engle bought in Sweden. She was sent to Poland in November 2007. That's when the fun started with Keith and Paul. After I, Gordon, wired them $70,000 USD (see for value received scan in PICS signed by Keith) - they proceeded to use my cash for their own projects.

One of my green diesel generators is still in Malbork Poland at Narrow Boats. It is worth $40,000!

Also a piece of artwork by Peter Lik that is numbered and worth $20,000 - it is probably hanging in Keith's house.

Both the generator and art pictures are on this site.