Canal Boat Builders, Narrowboat Builders & Boat Fitters

Canal Boat Builders & Boat Fitters

Many boat builders offer canal and narrowboat builds, fitting out and refit services. Most narrowboat 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. 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. See our Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) page relevant 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. 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. 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.

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 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

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.

Boutique Narrowboat Builds

Boutique Narrowboats designs and fits out luxury boats for its hire company. Now you can work with the design and build teams to create your own exclusive boutique narrowboat within your personal budget.

Elton Moss Boatbuilders

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.

Kate BoatsFoxhangers 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.

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.

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.

Weltonfield Narrowboats

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.

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 £30,000, a 70 foot narrowboat fully equipped to a high standard could cost well over £150,000.


» 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.

Canal and Narrowboat Builders, Boat Fitting and Refitting Services
ABC Leisure Group - SEE TOP Alvechurch   0330 3330 594
AB Narrowboats Chorley   07715 550986
07855 900157
AC Marine Staines, Thames Boat Builder, barge Specialist 01784-466700
AD Engineering Lincoln Steel shells and replica shells 07976 569595
Admiral Narrowboats Ltd Otherton Boat Haven, Penkridge Narrowboat & Dutchbarge builder 01785712515
Alchemy Boats Oxford Bespoke narrowboat builders 07771834586
Amber Boats Evesham   01386768500
AP Boatbuilding - SEE TOP Alvecote Marina, Tamworth, Staffs   07971 065358
Armada Waterside Harborough Magna, Rugby Overplating, blacking, refits, boat building 07880 660660
A to Z Marine Newark Boat repairs, boat building 07583 970102
Barnowl Narrow Boats Brierley Hill   07725 008033
Bates Boatyard Aylesbury Arm, Grand Union Canal, Puttenham, Herts Wooden boat restoration & new build + DIY 01296 632 017
A J Beer Leicestershire Boatfitting, Fitouts, marine electrics, plumbing, heating 01455 445306
B A Marine & Leisure Midlands Boat refurbishment 07891 933629
Barnowl Narrow Boats Brierley Hill, West Midlands   07725 008033
Beacon Boats Leicestershire Narrowboat builders 07949 984656
Benchmark Boats Nottingham Spec and bespoke narrow and widebeam boats 07903 887616
Bespoke Kitchens Featherstone, west Yorkshire Kitchens for canal boats 01977 790651
Bettisfield Boats Llangollen Canal   01948 710 465  
B.H. Boats West Midlands New Build Fitouts/ Refurbishment 07974808277
Birmingham Boats Co. Ltd Birmingham Hull Manufacturing and Sailaway Services 0121 706 3216
Black Pearl Narrowboats Brownhills Bespoke narrowboat shells 01543 379693  
Blue Haven Marine Hillmorton Wharf, North Oxford Canal Boat fitting 01788 536002
Bluewater Boats Limited Ladbroke, Warwickshire   01926 811699/
Boat Fit Europe mobile - UK & Europe   07786521295
Boutique Narrowboats SEE TOP Union Wharf Marina, Market Harborough Design and build boutique narrowboats 01858 432123
Branson Boats Peterborough Steel pre cut kits and bespoke design service 01733 211966
Brinklow Boat ServicesSEE TOP Brinklow, Warwickshire Boat building, fitting 01788 833 789
/833 331
Braidbar BoatsSEE TOP Poynton, Cheshire Bespoke boat building 01625 873471
Bulls Bridge Docks Southall, Middlesex Boat maintenance and builder 07815931697
Burscough Boat Company Burscough Bespoke boats hull only to fully fit 01704 891675
Canal Boatbuilders Association Members Nationwide Trade Association 0844 8009575
CanalDoctor Floating (Midlands and south-east) Narrowboat re-fits and decorating 01279 831565
Canalside Joinery Services, Staffordshire Narrowboat fitter 07979 342054
Castle Boat Builders Nottinghamshire   01909 478250
C&H Narrowboats Kimbolton Narrowboat fitters 01234 709759
Clearwater boats, Nottingham Boat repairs and boat building 07583 970102
Bob Cleveland boat interiors Richmond Bridge London Boat joinery, fitting, interiors 07905 273268
C M W Engineering Limited Nottingham   0115 9708777
C N M Boat Builders Ltd Widnes Cheshire Narrow & wide beam builders, shell to full fit 07947565203
Coates & Company Kimbolton, Cambs   01480 869464
Cole Craft Warwickshire   01926 814081
Complete Boat Makeovers Cheshire Refurb, Refits, Redecoration 01606 872114
Simon Cormack Limited Glasgow Design services for custom craft 0141 4276070
Coventry Boat Fitters    Coventry   07577513814
Crafted Boats Ltd Worcestershire Specialist Boatbuilders & Repairers 01527 876438
Cumbria Narrowboats Ltd Kendal   07902 274849
Cunliffe Boat Builders Ltd Stoke on Trent Boat Builder 07517 618433
Darkesteelboats Stilton, Peterborough   01733 240580
Darren Aldridge Boat Fitting Tamworth Boat Builder, Boat Fitting 07557 790678
David Harris Boatbuilder Dadfords Wharf, Wordsley   07950 097788
Mel Davis Boatbuilders Mansfield   01623 748592
R W Davis & Son Ltd Gloucester   01452 740233
Dean Wherry Boats Warwickshire Narrowboat Fitter 07909 924575
Dilnot Ltd. Ilkeston Derbyshire Boat fitters and suppliers of new boats 07967483626
D.M.W. Boatfitters Stratford Canal Canal boat fitting and repairs 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 Hull Repairs & Replating 07747441241
Elton Moss Boatbuilders SEE TOP Sandbach, Cheshire   01270 760770
Evans and Sons Stafford   01889 270426  
Eurobarge Ltd. Narrow, Northampton Widebeam and Dutch Barges 00420 724 400499
Evolution Boats Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands   07788 502639
0121 744 8197
Fibreline Boats Gwent   01495 313400  
Ken Field Boatbuilders Walsall   01922 453397  
Flanders Marine Service Oostende Belgium Builder of luxemotors +32 49631 9302
Roger Fuller (Boatbuilders) Ltd, Stone Staffordshire Boatbuilder, Boatfitter 01785 817506
Tony Gallimore Boats Ltd Nuneaton & Coventry (Warks), Measham (Derbyshire) Boat Builder, Repair, paint work, fit out, rebottom, hull survey 02476372167
Gateway Marine Bootle Merseyside Canal boat fitters, maintenance, repairs 0151 933 0404
Grant & Livingston Ltd Canvey Island. Essex Wide Beam & Narrow Boat Hulls 01268 696855
Granthams Bridge Boat Services Hillmorton, Rugby   07812 039110
C E Greaves Boat Fitters Surrey and The Thames Internal Fitting out of Canal Boats 07946 421689 / 01932 429751.
Greens barge building Milton Keynes Boat carpenter/ general boat building 07864 352171
GRP Narrowboats Gwent   01495 313400  
G. T. Boatbuilders Staffordshire   01785 282026  
Hamilton Narrowboats Pitstone Wharf, Bucks Boat Builder / Fitter 01296 662047
Harveys Joinery & Boatbuilders Mancetter   01827 711117
Heritage Boat Builders Ltd Evesham Marina   01386 768500
Hillmorton Canal Centre Hillmorton Locks Boat fitting services 07812 039110
H.M.S. Narrow Boats Brundall, Norfolk Narrow and work boat builders 01603 714506
H.T Fabrications ltd Leicester   0116 2761814
Inchgreen Marine Services, River Medway Boat repairs & refurbishment 01634841900
Industry Narrowboats Staffordshire   01785 824897
J. D. Boat Services Wolverhampton   01902 791811  
J-Star Boat Services Essex Traditional Wooden Boat Builder 07799401650
Kate Boats SEE TOP Leamington Spa   01926 492968
K.B.Marine Rugby Boat fitout & repair 07880853542
Kingsground Narrowboats Oxon   01869 233444
Kings Lock Boatyard Middlewich, Cheshire   01606 737564
Kinver Boat Services Ltd Kinver Furniture & Fitting 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 West Midlands Narrowboat fitters & cabinet makers 07877 635377
MGM Boats  Ltd Leicester   Narrowboat Builder 0116 264 0009
Milburn Boats Ltd. Daventry, Northamptonshire Boat Fitters 01327 702 164
Napton Narrowboats Southam   01926 813644
Nantwich Canal Centre Nantwich, Cheshire   01270 625122
Nelsons Boats & Marine Services Co-Down NI. Classic Boat restorations 02891883403
New Holland Steel Barges Wisbech Belgium Spits builder 01945 871077
Peter Nicholls Boatbuilders Northants   01788 891823
Norton Canes Boatbuilders West Midlands   01543 374888  
Nottingham Boat Company Ratcliffe on Soar Boat builders/ Manufacturers 01159 728125
NRM Narrowboats Selby, Nr York Narrowboat builders & bespoke fit-outs 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 Poland Narrowboats and Luxemotors +48 696 554 347
Pacific Boats Northwich, Cheshire   01606 47078  
Adam Park Boatbuilders Staffordshire   01782 523372
Pendle Narrowboats Burnley nr Manchester Bespoke boat builders 01282 614943
Perkins Narrowboats Nottingham   0115 9231210
Pickwell and Arnold Todmorden, Rochdale Canal Boat builders & repairers 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 Poland Boatbuilder , wide beam barges +487692978
Premier Narrowboats Henley in Arden   0121 777 0697
Price Fallows Shrewsbury   Narrowboat Builder 01743 448344
Prior Boats Ltd Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove Boat Fitting 07876191397  
R & S Boats Warwickshire Boat fitters 07816548316
Reeds Boats Ltd Kiveton Park, Sheffield   01909 515555
Richards Narrowboats Henley in Arden Boat fitting from sailaway to fully fitted 0121 777 0697
RLL Boats Keynsham nr. Bristol   01179 869860
Darren Roberts Narrowboats Ltd Lincolnshire Narrowboat Fitters 07860 598436
Saber Narrowboats Manchester   0161 7893023  
Scottish Canal Cruising Grangemouth   01324 870042
Select Repair Solutions Stroud, Gloucestershire Specialist repairs boat interiors 07977 530322
Shire Narrowboats North Wales   07825817444
W. A. Shrubb Narrowboats Whilton Northants Bespoke Narrowboat Fitting 01327 704153 07967 790317
Simply Skiffs West Sussex rowing boat and tender builder 07786725783
Sirius Marine Services Stourport on Severn Dutch Barge, Narrow & Widebeam 01299 871048
Skater Marine Garston Merseyside   0151 494 3236
Springwood Haven Boatbuilding Nuneaton   02476 393676
Soar Valley Steel Boats Chesterfield   01246 274125
Sol Seeker Narrowboats Ltd Hampshire     07827 377913
07518 943898
South Holland Marine & Fabrication Ltd Spalding   01406 365763
Staffordshire Fabrications LTD Staffs Bespoke shell builder 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 London Aluminium boatbuilders 020 8894 5218
The Little Boat Co Lincolnshire   07989 126848
The Replica Luxemotor Company Ltd Caernarfon   01276 855282  
The Sailaway Boat Company Newark Boat Builder 07522 426229
Neil Thompson Boats North Norfolk   01263 741172
Nick Thorpe Boatbuilding Stafford   01785 282 227
Three B'z Boat Builders Polesworth   Boat Builder 07454 831188
Trafalgar Canal Boat Company Sheffield   0114 2751389  
Will Trickett Boats Wiltshire Replica Dutch barge builders 01380 828006
Trinity Boats Ltd SEE TOP Droitwich Boat Builders 01905 779048
Triton Boat Fitters Manchester   0161 7284220
Ursus Marine Service Holland Dutch Barge & Wide Beam kits +31 (0)515 460407
Vardy Bros. (Taunton) Luton   01984 632321
Mark Vardey Taunton   01984 632321
Viking Canal Boats (Ltd) London Narrow & Widebeam builders & fitters 07841706106
Vulcan Boat Company Sheffield   0114 2442744  
Walker Services Aynho, Oxon Narrowboat fitters 07798 567883
Warwickshire Fly Boat Co. Leamington Spa   01926 812093  
Warwickshire Narrowboats Warwickshire   01788 832449  
WD Boatbuilders Ltd, Pontefract, West Yorkshire Widebeam & narrow boats shell to completion 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
Paul Widdowson boat builders Mansfield   01623 835777
Wilderness Compact Trailboats Chippenham   01249 712231  
Wildwood Marine Gloucestershire Boatbuilding Services and Repairs 01453 834771
Woodworks Boat Fitting Nottinghamshire  Boat Fitting 01623 860 553
Worcester Steel Boatbuilders Redditch   01527 522703
X R and D Boatbuilders Nottinghamshire   01623 863576

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