Canal Boat Builders, Narrowboat Builders & Boat Fitters

Most canal boat builders specialise in all steel hulls with diesel engines to a variety of styles. Many have ‘off-the-shelf’ standard canal boat styles which usually allow for some interior customisation. This can keep costs and prices lower and reduce the normal wait time. Some firms will build replicas to traditional styles such as working narrow boats, tugs, inspection launches, barges or Dutch barges. Many also offer fitting out and refitting services.

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  • Boat builders may offer a range of completion, from only hull or hull and cabin ‘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. The Recreational Craft Directive sets standards for professionally built craft.
  • Buying a new boat is a major investment and should be treated with appropriate care and caution. You should ensure that you have agreed 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. See our Boat Buyers Advice section.
  • Prices depend on a number of factors including the size of the boat, materials used, quality and complexity of the fit-out. A simple 20 foot cruiser may start at under £30,000, a 70 foot narrowboat fully equipped to a high standard could cost well over £150,000.
  • Many buyers engage a marine surveyor to oversee the design and construction process.

Canal Boat Builders, Narrowboat Builders & Boat Fitters

A P Boatbuilding

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.

Braidbar Boats

Braidbar Boats. have been building some of the finest boats for 40 years. We have an invaluable library of knowledge and skills to produce bespoke boats that are as individual as you.

Brinklow Boat Services

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

David Kemp

David Kemp Boat Building Specialising in restoration work on historic craft as well as bespoke and replica new build narrowboats. All woodwork and steelwork undertaken as well as traditional painting and signwriting. 

Foxhangers

Foxhangers believe our in-depth canal boat industry knowledge, years of experience & attention to detail help us to develop the ultimate good value yet luxuriously appointed, modern, well crafted narrowboats.

Kate Boats

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.

Pintail Boats

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.

The Northwich Boat Company

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.

Canal Boat Styles

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.

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Canal Boat Builders

A P Boatbuilding
Robey's Ln, Tamworth B78 1AS.
Boat Builders
07971 065358
ade@apboatbuilding.co.uk
www.apboatbuilding.co.uk
ABC Leisure Group
Various locations
Boat Building and Sales
AC Marine
Walton Marina, Walton Bridge Rd, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1QW.
Boat Builder, barge Specialist
Aqua Narrowboats
The Boat House, Tomlinson Business Park, Woodyard Ln, Foston, Derby DE65 5BU.
Boat Builders
Aqualine Marine
Findern Ln, Willington, Derby DE65 6DW.
Boat building, fitting
Aquarius Canal Boat Builders
17 Malt St, Liverpool L7 3LL.
Custom builds, refits, and sales
B A Marine & Leisure
Midlands
Boat refurbishment
B.H. Boats
West Midlands
New Build Fitouts/ Refurbishment
Barnowl Narrow Boats
Brierley Hill, West Midlands
Bates Boatyard
Aylesbury Arm, Grand Union Canal, Puttenham, Herts
Wooden boat restoration & new build + DIY
Bath Canal Craft Ltd.
Bath
Narrowboat fit outs
Black Pearl Narrowboats
Brownhills
Bespoke narrowboat shells
Blue Haven Marine
Hillmorton Wharf, North Oxford Canal
Boat fitting
Bluewater Boats Limited
Ladbroke, Warwickshire
Boat Fit Europe
mobile - UK & Europe
Bob Cleveland boat interiors
Richmond Bridge London
Boat joinery, fitting, interiors
07905 273268
bobcleveland@btinternet.com
www.boat-fitter.com
Boutique Narrowboats
Union Wharf, Market, Market Harborough LE16 7UW.
Design and build boutique narrowboats
Braidbar Boats
Lord Vernons Wharf Lyme Road Higher, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1TH.
Bespoke boat building
01625 873471
general@braidbarboats.co.uk
www.braidbarboats.co.uk
Branson Boats
Peterborough
Steel pre cut kits and bespoke design service
Brinklow Boat Services
2 and 4, The Wharf, Smeaton Ln, Rugby CV23 0PR.
Boat building, fitting
01788 833331
www.brinklowboatservices.com
Bulls Bridge Docks
Southall, Middlesex
Boat maintenance and builder
Burscough Boat Company
Burscough
Bespoke boats hull only to fully fit
C M W Engineering Limited
Nottingham
C N M Boat Builders Ltd
Widnes Cheshire
Narrow & wide beam builders, shell to full fit
C&H Narrowboats
Kimbolton
Narrowboat fitters
CanalDoctor
Floating (Midlands and south-east)
Narrowboat re-fits and decorating
Castle Boat Builders
Nottinghamshire
Clearwater boats
Nottingham
Boat repairs and boat building
Coventry Boat Fitters
Coventry
Crafted Boats Ltd
Worcestershire
Specialist Boatbuilders & Repairers
Cumbria Narrowboats Ltd
Kendal
Cunliffe Bespoke Boats Ltd
Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 4PA.
Boat Builders & Fitters
Darren Aldridge Boat Fitting
Glascote Basin Tamworth Staffordshire B77 2AH
Boat Builder, Boat Fitting
David Harris Boatbuilder
Dadfords Wharf, Wordsley
David Kemp
Dadfords Wharf, Bridge Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands. DY8 5YU
Restoration work on historic craft as well as bespoke and replica new build narrowboats
07772 309950
davidkempboatbuilding@gmail.com
www.davidkempboatbuilding.co.uk
Dream Narrowboats
Kingslock, Middlewich
DVM Marine
Winsford, Cheshire
Edgley’s Hull Repairs & Replating
Cheshire
Hull Repairs & Replating
Elton Moss Boatbuilders
Booth Ln, Middlewich CW10 0JJ.
Boat Builders
Evolution Boats
Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands
Flanders Marine Service
Oostende Belgium
Builder of luxemotors
Foxhangers
Lower Foxhangers Farm, Rowde, Devizes SN10 1SS.
Boat Builders
01380 827808
www.foxhangersboatbuilding.co.uk
Grant & Livingston Ltd
Canvey Island. Essex
Wide Beam & Narrow Boat Hulls
Granthams Bridge Boat Services
Hillmorton, Rugby
H.T Fabrications ltd
Leicester
Harveys Joinery & Boatbuilders
Mancetter
Inchgreen Marine Services,
River Medway
Boat repairs & refurbishment
Industry Narrowboats
Staffordshire
J-Star Boat Services
Essex
Traditional Wooden Boat Builder
J. D. Boat Services
Wolverhampton
J. L. Pinder & Son
Bromsgrove
Kate Boats
The Boatyard, Nelson Ln, Warwick CV34 5JB.
Boat Builders
01926 492968
cheryl@kateboats.co.uk
kateboats.com
Kingsground Narrowboats
Oxon
Knights Narrowboats
Units 4-5 Aquaduct Marina, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 6DX
Specialising in new build narrowboats
Landamores
Marsh Rd, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8UH.
A family run business that has been building boats for nearly 100 years
01603 782212
boats@landamores.co.uk
landamores.co.uk
M G Boat Fitters Ltd
West Midlands
Narrowboat fitters & cabinet makers
Mel Davis Boatbuilders
Mansfield
MGM Boats Ltd
Leicester
Narrowboat Builder
Milburn Boats Ltd.
Daventry, Northamptonshire
Boat Fitters
Nantwich Canal Centre
Nantwich, Cheshire
Neil Thompson Boats
North Norfolk
Nelsons Boats & Marine Services
Co-Down NI.
Classic Boat restorations
New Holland Steel Barges
Wisbech
Belgium Spits builder
Nick Thorpe Boatbuilding
Stafford
Norton Canes Boatbuilders
West Midlands
Olympus Narrowboats
Northwich, Cheshire
Orion Narrowboats
Dudley
Pendle Narrowboats
Burnley nr Manchester
Bespoke boat builders
Peter Nicholls Boatbuilders
Northants
Pintail Boats
Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth LA6 2JN.
Boat Builders
07980 607070
info@pintailboats.co.uk
www.pintailboats.co.uk
Piper Boats Ltd
Stoke on Trent
PMC Yachts
Poland
Boatbuilder , wide beam barges
Price Fallows
Shrewsbury
Narrowboat Builder
Prior Boats Ltd
Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove
Boat Fitting
R W Davis & Son Ltd
Gloucester
RLL Boats
Keynsham nr. Bristol
Roger Fuller (Boatbuilders) Ltd,
Stone Staffordshire
Boatbuilder, Boatfitter
Simply Skiffs
West Sussex
rowing boat and tender builder
Sirius Marine Services
Stourport on Severn
Dutch Barge, Narrow & Widebeam
Soar Valley Steel Boats
Chesterfield
Sol Seeker Narrowboats Ltd
Harewood Farm, Andover Down, Andover SP11 6LJ.
South Holland Marine & Fabrication Ltd
Spalding
Staffordshire Fabrications LTD
Staffs
Bespoke shell builder
Star Line Boats
Nuneaton
Stenson Boatbuilders
Burton on Trent
Steve Priest Boatbuilder
Leamington Spa
Stoke on Trent Boatbuilding Services
Staffordshire
The Little Boat Co
Lincolnshire
The Northwich Boat Company
Booth Ln, Middlewich CW10 0JJ.
Boat Builders
01270 760160
www.thenorthwichboat.com
The Sailaway Boat Company
Newark
Boat Builder
Three B’z Boat Builders
Polesworth
Boat Builder
Trinity Boats
Dunhampstead, Droitwich WR9 7JX.
Boat Builders
Warwickshire Fly Boat Co.
Leamington Spa
Wedgwood Narrowboats
Booth Ln, Middlewich CW10 0JJ.
Wessex Narrowboats
Wiltshire
Wharf House Narrowboats
Braunston
Wilderness Compact Trailboats
Chippenham
Will Trickett Boats
Wiltshire
Replica Dutch barge builders
Woodworks Boat Fitting
Nottinghamshire
Boat Fitting
X R and D Boatbuilders
Nottinghamshire

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