Canal Boat Builders & Boat Fitters

Canal Boat Builders & Boat Fitters

There are a large number of firms offering canal boat building and fitting out services. Most of them specialise in all steel hulls with diesel engines to a variety of styles. Many canal boat builders have 'off-the-shelf' standard styles which usually allow for some interior customisation. Some firms will build replicas to traditional styles, such as working narrow boats, inspection launches or Dutch barges. Many offer a range of completion, from bare 'shells' through 'sailaways' which have engines fitted to 'fully fitted' and ready to cruise. Some buy-in the shells and specialise in fitting out. We have more information about the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) which applies to most professionally built canal boats.


Buying a new boat is a major investment and should be treated with appropriate care and caution.

Many buyers now engage a marine surveyor to oversee the whole process on their behalf. The Canal Boatbuilders Association (01952 813572) produce a handbook containing advice. The British Marine Federation (01784 232600) produce standard contracts for the purchase of new (and used) boats. You should of course ensure that you know exactly what you are getting for your money, make regular payments as work progresses rather than large advance payments and ensure that you have a documented procedure for dealing with disputes.

ABC Leisure Group (Alvechurch) has been building boats for more than 30 years. Sleep easy knowing that your dream is in the hands of people you can trust.

Affordable Quality Boats - Jason Lane will build you a new boat to the highest specification at a very competitive price under his risk free buying scheme. Please check the website for more details.

A P Boatbuilding based at Alvecote Marina. Our experienced team of craftsmen specialise in the repair and restoration of traditional wooden canal craft, from cabin doors to complete rebuilds.

Aqua Narrowboats, concentrating on growing British talent and skills to produce beautifully crafted narrowboats. We specialise personal service and designing a boat to suit your needs. Bespoke build & Boat Share Scheme.

Aqualine Marine Outstanding design, expertly crafted – a range of narrow and wide beam boats, Apartment boats and Dutch Barges of the highest quality.

Braidbar Boats' expertise and versatility are second to none. Using the elegant Tim Tyler hull and finest materials in their constant pursuit of excellence they create bespoke boats of outstanding quality.

Brinklow Boat Services for modern replicas, repairs, lengthening, fit-outs and all service installations, historic restoration, coach painting, scumbling, signwriting. The longest established team with all these services.

Cherilton Narrowboats has Graham Ford at the helm, a time served Engineer, and with 25 years experience making furniture. This expertise and knowledge is reflected in his narrowboats.

Canal Transport Services, over 50 years experience building boats that are totally fit for purpose. Well built, good looking, fine handling shells & comfortable, quality interiors, all bespoke built to your design.

Elton Moss Boatbuilders are part of the Carefree Cruising Group. We build quality narrowboats. Either choose from our standard build range or we can build to your own bespoke specification.

Are you looking for a company to build your dream boat? Kate Boats is a family firm, specialising in quality narrowboats, built to our high standards, fulfilling your design needs.

Kingfisher Narrowboats, Nottingham, Outstanding value British built narrowboats and sailaways view our web site for extensive photo galleries & build blog, Trent class 57 build slots available now from £61500 inc vat

The Northwich Boat Company specialise in bringing you outstanding quality narrowboats at a very competitive price. All of their boats are "Hand crafted in Cheshire". Choose from fully fitted or sailaway ranges.

Pintail Boats will transform your boating dreams into a reality, every aspect is craftsmen built in-house from shell to completion, so we will create a bespoke boat as individual as you.

Weltonfield's boats are build to individual requirements. The use of first class materials, excellent workmanship and modern specialised boatbuilding facilities result in a product that excels but at an affordable price.

Yorkshire Narrowboats Delightfully bespoke boats, built by an outstanding team of individuals. Approaching every project with fresh eyes and unrivaled talent of craftsmanship, engineering and design. Bespoke builds, Sponsored Boats, Sail Aways.

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Prices depend on a number of factors including the length of the boat, materials used, quality and complexity of the fit-out. A simple 20 foot cruiser may start at under £20,000, a 70 foot narrowboat fully equipped to a high standard would cost well over £100,000.


» Cruiser style has decks fore and aft with a central cabin.
» Trad(itional) style has a fore deck & a small 'counter' deck at the stern.
» Semi-trad has an additional sheltered area at the stern for crew.
» Tug style usually has a longer front deck & portholes instead of windows.
» Wide beam boats may be wide 'narrowboats' or Dutch Barge style.

Boat Builders and Boat Fitting Services
ABC Leisure Group - SEE TOP Alvechurch 0330 3330 594
AB Narrowboats Chorley 07715 550986/ 07855 900157
AC Marine, Boat Builder, barge Specialist Staines, Thames 01784-466700
AD Engineering, steel shells and replica shells Lincoln 07976 569595
Admiral Narrowboats Ltd, Narrowboat & Dutchbarge builders Otherton Boat Haven, Penkridge 01785712515
Affordable Quality Boats Stibbington, Peterborough, River Nene 07877 554438
Aintree Boat Company Merseyside 0151 523 9000
Alchemy Boats, bespoke narrowboat builders Oxford 07771834586
AldridgeBoats, New/refits/additions/cratch boards Midlands 07557 790678
Amber Boats Evesham 01386768500
AP Boatbuilding - SEE TOP Alvecote Marina, Tamworth, Staffs 07971 065358
Aqualine Marine - SEE TOP Head office: Hanbury Wharf  (plus Agents – UK wide) 01905 771018
Aqua Narrowboats - SEE TOP Mercia Marina, Derbyshire 01283 701041
Aquarius Narrowboat Fitters Surrey 01483 272642
Armada Waterside, Overplating, blacking, refits, boat building Harborough Magna, Rugby 07880 660660
A to Z Marine, Boat repairs, boat building Newark 07583 970102
Barnowl Narrow Boats Brierley Hill 07725 008033
Bates Boatyard, Wooden boat restoration & new build + DIY Aylesbury Arm, Grand Union Canal, Puttenham, Herts 01296 632 017
A J Beer Boatfitting, Fitouts, marine electrics, plumbing, heating Leicestershire 01455 445306
B A Marine & Leisure, boat refurbishment Midlands 07891 933629
Barnowl Narrow Boats Brierley Hill, West Midlands 07725008033
Beacon Boats, Narrowboat builders Leicestershire 07949 984656
Benchmark Boats, Spec and bespoke narrow and widebeam boats Nottingham 07903887616
Bespoke Kitchens, kitchens for canal boats Featherstone, west Yorkshire 01977790651
Bettisfield Boats Llangollen Canal 01948 710 465  
B.H. Boats, New Build Fitouts/ Refurbishment West Midlands 07974808277
Birmingham Boats Co. Ltd, Hull Manufacturing and Sailaway Services Birmingham 0121 706 3216
Black Pearl Narrowboats, bespoke narrowboat shells Brownhills 01543 379693  
Blue Haven Marine Boat fitting Hillmorton Wharf, North Oxford Canal 01788 536002
Bluewater Boats Limited Ladbroke, Warwickshire 01926 811699/
Boat Fit Europe mobile - UK & Europe 07786521295
Branson Boats, Steel pre cut kits and bespoke design service Peterborough 01733 211966
Brinklow Boat Services, Boat building /fitting  SEE TOP Brinklow, Warwickshire 01788 833 789
/833 331
Braidbar Boats - boat building & fit-outs SEE TOP Poynton, Cheshire 01625 873471
Bulls Bridge Docks - Boat maintenance and builder Southall, Middlesex 07815931697
Burscough Boat Company, bespoke boats hull only to fully fit Burscough 01704 891675
Canal Boatbuilders Association, Trade Association Members Nationwide 0844 8009575
CanalDoctor, Narrowboat re-fits and decorating Floating (Midlands and south-east) 01279 831565
Canalside Joinery Services, narrowboat fitter Staffordshire 07979 342054
Canal Transport Services, narrowboat building, painting, repairs  SEE TOP Norton Canes Dock, Walsall, West Midlands 01543 374370
Castle Boat Builders Nottinghamshire 01909 478250
C&H Narrowboats, narrowboat fitters Kimbolton 01234 709759
Cherilton Narrowboats - SEE TOP Shardlow Marina, Derby 07967 635665
Clearwater boats, Boat repairs and boat building Nottingham 07583 970102
C M W Engineering Limited Nottingham 0115 9708777
C N M Boat Builders Ltd, narrow & wide beam builders, shell to full fit. Widnes Cheshire 07947565203
Coates & Company Kimbolton, Cambs 01480 869464
Cole Craft Warwickshire 01926 814081
Complete Boat Makeovers, Refurb, Refits, Redecoration Cheshire 01606 872114
Simon Cormack Limited, design services for custom craft Glasgow 0141 4276070
Coventry Boat Fitters    Coventry 07577513814
Crafted Boats Ltd, Specialist Boatbuilders & Repairers Worcestershire 01527 876438
Cumbria Narrowboats Ltd Kendal 07902 274849
Darkesteelboats Stilton, Peterborough 01733 240580
Darren Aldridge Boats Ltd, Boatfitting new & refits Braunston 07890 671884
David Harris Boatbuilder Dadfords Wharf, Wordsley 07950 097788
Mel Davis Boatbuilders Mansfield 01623 748592
R W Davis & Son Ltd Gloucester 01452 740233
D & J Narrowboats, Narrowboat fitting Crick, Northants. 01788 822661
Dean Wherry Boats, Narrowboat Fitter Warwickshire 07909 924575
Dilnot Ltd., Boat fitters and suppliers of new boats Ilkeston Derbyshire 07967483626
D.M.W. Boatfitters, canal boat fitting and repairs Stratford Canal 07973951245
Dragon Narrowboats Shropshire 01691 773891
Dream Narrowboats, narrowboat builders / fitters Kingslock, Middlewich 07817935639
Driftwood Narrowboats, builder & fitter Swanley Bridge Marina 07779651305, 01270 524959
DVM Marine Winsford, Cheshire 01606 597305
Eastern Caravans & Boats Billing Aquadrome, Northampton 01604 408312
Edgley's Hull Repairs & Replating Cheshire 07747441241
Elton Moss Boatbuilders SEE TOP Sandbach, Cheshire 01270 760770
Evans and Sons Stafford 01889 270426  
Eurobarge Ltd. Narrow, Widebeam and Dutch Barges Northampton 00420 724 400499
Evolution Boats Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands 07788502639
0121 744 8197
Fibreline Boats Gwent 01495 313400  
Ken Field Boatbuilders Walsall 01922 453397  
Flanders Marine Service, builder of luxemotors Oostende Belgium +32 49631 9302
Roger Fuller (Boatbuilders) Ltd, Boatbuilder/ Boatfitter Stone Staffordshire 01785 817506
Tony Gallimore Boats Ltd: Boat Builder, Repair, paint work, fit out, rebottom, hull survey Nuneaton & Coventry (Warks), Measham (Derbyshire) 02476372167
Gateway Marine, canal boat fitters, maintenance, repairs Bootle Merseyside 0151 933 0404
Grant & Livingston Ltd, Wide Beam & Narrow Boat Hulls Canvey Island. Essex 01268 696855
Granthams Bridge Boat Services Hillmorton, Rugby 07812 039110
C E Greaves Boat Fitters, Internal Fitting out of Canal Boats Surrey and The Thames 07946 421689 / 01932 429751.
GRP Narrowboats Gwent 01495 313400  
G. T. Boatbuilders Staffordshire 01785 282026  
Hamilton Narrowboats, Boat Builder / Fitter Pitstone Wharf, Bucks 01296 662047
Harveys Joinery & Boatbuilders Mancetter 01827 711117
Heritage Boat Builders Ltd Evesham Marina 01386 768500
Hexagon Sp. z o.o., Narrowboats / Wide Beam builder and fitter Poland +48 44 734 61 00
Hillmorton Canal Centre, boat fitting services Hillmorton Locks 07812 039110
H.M.S. Narrow Boats, Narrow and work boat builders Brundall, Norfolk 01603 714506
H.T Fabrications ltd Leicester 0116 2761814
S. M. Hudson Boatbuilders Tamworth 01827 311317  
Paul Ibberson Marine Woodworking Sharpness 07980 307788
Inchgreen Marine Services, boat repairs / refurbishment River Medway 01634841900
Industry Narrowboats Staffordshire 01785 824897
J. D. Boat Services Wolverhampton 01902 791811  
JD Joinery, bespoke joinery Derby 01283 734657
J-Star Boat Services, Traditional Wooden Boat Builder Essex 07799401650
Kate Boats SEE TOP Leamington Spa 01926 492968
K.B.Marine, boat fitout /repair Rugby 07880853542
Kingfisher Narrowboats ltd SEE TOP Nottingham 01159727936
Kingsground Narrowboats Oxon 01869 233444
Kings Lock Boatyard Middlewich, Cheshire 01606 737564
Kinver Boat Services Ltd Furniture & Fitting Kinver 01384 878205
Lambon Boats Worcestershire 01299 253111
Leyland Narrowboats Blackburn 01254 600590
Lime Farm Marina, Steel shells Rugby 01788 570131  
Liverpool Narrowboats Liverpool 01512075927  
LSK Boatfitters, Boatfitters bespoke joinery Cheshire/ Staffordshire 07949194170
Marque Narrowboats Staffordshire 01785 851308  
Measham Boats Derbyshire 01530 416098  
M G Boat Fitters Ltd, narrowboat fitters & cabinet makers West Midlands 07877 635377
Milburn Boats Ltd., Boat Fitters Daventry, Northamptonshire 01327 702 164
Napton Narrowboats Southam 01926 813644
Nantwich Canal Centre Nantwich, Cheshire 01270 625122
Nelsons Boats & Marine Services, Classic Boat restorations Co-Down NI. 02891883403
New Holland Steel Barges, Belgium Spits builders Wisbech 01945 871077
Peter Nicholls Boatbuilders Northants 01788 891823
Norton Canes Boatbuilders West Midlands 01543 374888  
NRM Narrowboats, narrowboat builders & bespoke fit-outs. Selby, Nr York 07743 898432
Old Wharf Canal Boats Stourbridge, West Midlands 07968 990865
Olympus Narrowboats Northwich, Cheshire 01606 44672
Orchard Marina Boatbuilders Northwich, Cheshire 01606 42082
Orion Narrowboats Dudley 01384 401464
Otherton Boatbuilders Staffordshire 01785 712515  
P&P Yachtbuilders SA, Narrowboats and Luxemotors Poland +48 696 554 347
Pacific Boats Northwich, Cheshire 01606 47078  
Adam Park Boatbuilders Staffordshire 01782 523372
Pendle Narrowboats, Bespoke boat builders Burnley nr Manchester 01282 614943
Perkins Narrowboats Nottingham 0115 9231210
Pickwell and Arnold, boat builders & repairers Todmorden, Rochdale Canal 01706 812411
J. L. Pinder & Son Bromsgrove 01527 876438
Pintail Boats - SEE TOP Tewitfield, Lancaster Canal 07980 607070
Piper Boats Ltd Stoke on Trent 01782 510610
PMC Yachts, boatbuilder , wide beam barges Poland +487692978
Premier Narrowboats Henley in Arden 0121 777 0697
Prior Boats Ltd, Boat Fitting Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove 07876191397  
R & S Boats, boat fitters Warwickshire 07816548316
Reeds Boats Ltd Kiveton Park, Sheffield 01909 515555
Richards Narrowboats Boat fitting from sailaway to fully fitted Henley in Arden 0121 777 0697
RLL Boats Keynsham nr. Bristol 01179 869860
Darren Roberts Narrowboats Ltd, Narrowboat Fitters Lincolnshire 07860 598436
Saber Narrowboats Manchester 0161 7893023  
Scottish Canal Cruising Grangemouth 01324 870042
Select Repair Solutions, specialist repairs boat interiors Stroud, Gloucestershire 07977 530322
Shire Narrowboats North Wales 07825817444
W. A. Shrubb Narrowboats, Bespoke Narrowboat Fitting Whilton Northants 01327 704153 07967 790317
Simply Skiffs, rowing boat and tender builder West Sussex 07786725783
Sirius Marine Services, Dutch Barge, Narrow & Widebeam Stourport on Severn 01299 871048
Skater Marine Garston Merseyside 0151 494 3236
Springwood Haven Boatbuilding Nuneaton 02476 393676
Soar Valley Steel Boats Chesterfield 01246 274125
South Holland Marine & Fabrication Ltd Spalding 01406 365763
Staffordshire Fabrications LTD, bespoke shell builder Staffs 01543 379693
Standard Narrow Boats Limited Nottingham 07823 88 75 88
Star Line Boats Nuneaton  024 7634 4766
Stenson Boatbuilders Burton on Trent 01283 701933
Steve Priest Boatbuilder Leamington Spa 01926 815486  
Stillwater Narrowboats Ltd Derby 01283 732888
Stockton Dry Dock Company Warwickshire 01926 814441
Stockwith Engineering West Stockwith, South Yorks 07974206033
Stoke on Trent Boatbuilding Services Staffordshire 01782 813831
Teddesley Boat Company Staffordshire 01785 714692
Thanetcraft Ltd, aluminium boatbuilders London 020 8894 5218
The Little Boat Co Lincolnshire 07989 126848
The Replica Luxemotor Company Ltd Caernarfon 01276 855282  
The Three Bz Boatbuilders Staffordshire 07793672127
Neil Thompson Boats North Norfolk 01263 741172
Nick Thorpe Boatbuilding Stafford 01785 282 227
Trafalgar Canal Boat Company Sheffield 0114 2751389  
Will Trickett Boats, Replica Dutch barge builders Wiltshire 01380 828006
Triton Boat Fitters Manchester 0161 7284220
Ursus Marine Service, Dutch Barge & Wide Beam kits Holland +31 (0)515 460407
Vardy Bros. (Taunton) Luton 01984 632321
Mark Vardey Taunton 01984 632321
Valley Cruises Boatbuilding Ltd, Coventry Canal Warwickshire 024 76393333
Viking Canal Boats (Ltd), Narrow & Widebeam builders & fitters London 07841706106
Vulcan Boat Company Sheffield 0114 2442744  
Walker Services, narrowboat fitters Aynho, Oxon 07798 567883
Warwickshire Fly Boat Co. Leamington Spa 01926 812093  
Warwickshire Narrowboats Warwickshire 01788 832449  
WD Boatbuilders Ltd, widebeam/narrow boats shell to completion Pontefract, West Yorkshire 01977 790651 01977 602539
Wedgwood Narrowboats Trent & Mersey, Middlewich 01606 737564
Welsh Craft Narrow Boats Wrexham, North Wales 01978 754446
Weltonfield Narrowboats Ltd. SEE TOP Northants 01327 842282
Wessex Narrowboats Wiltshire 01225 769847
Wharf House Narrowboats Braunston 01788 899041
John White Boats, Narrow, Widebeam, Dutch Barge, Shell to Full Fit Liverpool 0151 427 7282
Paul Widdowson boat builders Mansfield 01623 835777
Wilderness Compact Trailboats Chippenham 01249 712231  
Wildwood Marine, Boatbuilding Services and Repairs Gloucestershire 01453 834771
Woodworks Boat Fitting, Boat Fitting Nottinghamshire 01623 860 553
Worcester Steel Boatbuilders Redditch 01527 522703
Yorkshire Narrowboats SEE TOP Sprotbrough, Yorkshire 07831 862607
X R and D Boatbuilders Nottinghamshire 01623 863576

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