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Boat Builders and Fitters

Alvechurch Boat Centres: Holiday narrowboat hire from 7 bases. Also boat building and brokerage.
Amber Boats: The Amber boats company was founded by Paul Geary in October 2003 in Gdansk. The factory started to produce narrowboats and export them to the Great Britain.
Aqualine Marine: A range of Dutch barge, narrowboat and wide beam craft from the New and Used Boat Co.
Baker Street Marine: These boats have been designed for not only coastal cruising, but also for of cruising the vast majority of inland waterways throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
Barnowl Narrow Boats: Provide full building and fitting services from bare shell to finished boat, including engine fitting, electrics water systems, woodwork and coach painting
Beacon Boats: A Leicestershire based business building individual bespoke and specification narrowboats.
Ben Harp Narrowboats: Boat fitter based at Great Haywood, Stafford.
Bluewater Boats Ltd: Boatbuilder based at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
Braidbar Boats: A small family run business, building just 6-8 luxury boats each year. Claim flexibility regarding steelwork and interior craftsmanship.
Branson Boat Design Limited: The company use CAD (computer aided design) technology to produce accurate boat kits for the boat builder wanting to build a steel boat quickly and efficently.
Central Craftworks Ltd: Quality Bespoke Boatfitters producing narrowboats and wide beam Dutch barges
Chanel Narrowboats: Boat builder based at Redhill Marina in Nottinghamshire.
Classic Narrowboats: Classic Narrowboats based at Wheelton Boatyard on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Clifton Cruisers: Narrowboat hire based on the Northern Oxford Canal near Rugby. Also boatyard services and boatfitting.
Coates & Company: Narrowboats designed by British craftsmen who have had the experience of living on a narrowboat. They hand craft a limited number of distinctively fitted boats each year.
Colecraft Engineering Ltd: Colecraft are one of the biggest builders of quality steel inland waterway craft and have been established for 20 years in the industry.
Cowroast Marinas: Marina Services and boat sales based at Cowroast on the Grand Union and Fenny Compton on the Oxford Canal.
Crown Narrowboats Ltd: A narrowboat fitter established in 2001.
D & J Narrowboats: Boat fitters, refitting and curtain-making services.
Daddys Boat Co Ltd: Boats are built to customer's own designs and ideas, designed around a broad outline specification.
David Thomas Boat Builder: Builds the traditional style narrowboats and Dutch-style narrowboats
DB Boat Fitting: Boat fitters base at Braunston.
Delta Marine Services: Specialist Boatbuilders of Wide Beam River Barges and of Narrowboats.
Dursley & Hurst Ltd: David Hurst and John Dursley were committed boaters involved with the inland waterways in the Eighties: "We have fifteen years experience of narrowboat building".
Fallwood Marina: Marina and boat buildiing on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Fernwood Boats: Fernwood Boats has been run by Andy and Francesca Munro sinnce 2012 when the took over the business and continue Fernwood's tradition for building high quality (and adventurous!) canal boats.
Floating Homes Ltd: Builders of steel narrowboats and barges based at Stilton, near Peterborough.
Fox's Marina: Boat building, marina and hire boats based at March in the Middle Levels.
Grant and Livingston Marine: Specialising in narrow boats and barges for the inland waterways.
Grosvenor Marsh Narrowboats: Boat fitters.
GWV Boat Building: Based at Wildmoor Mill, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, they specialise in building bespoke boats, or boats based upon standard designs.
Harefield Marina: Boat sales and marina services.
Heartwood Narrowboats: A small company specialising in bespoke narrowboats, producing 1-2 boats per year.
Jannel Cruisers: Marina services and boat hire based at Burton upon Trent.
JD Boat Services: Produce narrowboats to all stages of completion and have hire boats and share boats.
Kate Boats: Well established firm of boatbuilders and hire boat operators.
Kendall Narrowboats: Boat fitters based in Liverpool.
Kingsground Narrowboats: Boat fitters based at Upper Heyford and with moorings at Enslow on the Oxford Canal
Lambon Hull: A company formed to predominately design and build custom made steel boats, to all types of category, and to suit all types of budget.
Le Skerne Boatbuilders Ltd.: The new name for South West Durham Steelcraft Ltd, Steel boat builder established in 1989.
Ledgard Bridge Boats Limited: Builder of both narrow and broad- beam boats
Little Boat Co: A new company specialising in small narrowboats.
Liverpool Boats: Well known narrowboat builder.
Louis & Joshua Boat Builders: Boat fitters using Jonathan Wilson and Tim Tyler shells.
Maesbury Marine Services: Specialists in building & fitting out high quality narrowboats who can customise any design to your individual requirement.
Malcolm Pearson Boats: A site which is collating information about the shells built by Malcolm Pearson at several yards on the B.C.N. in the period 1978 to 1993.
MCC Stenson Boatbuilders: Midland Canal Centre well known narrowboat builders.
Mel Davis Boatbuilders: Specialist Metal Fabricators of Narrowboats by Personal Commission
Mercia Canal Boats: Mercia Canal Boats Ltd. are part of the established Mercia Group of companies. Based in Dudley, West Midlands.
Metro Float: A wide beam boat in "narrowboat" style designed as a stylish floating home.
MGM Boats: Narrowboat builder with 14 years experience.
Milburn Boats Ltd: Bespoke narrow boat builders who custom build narrow boats to your design, giving you the boat to suit your needs. Over 20 years experience in narrow boat building. Located at Daventry, Northamptonshire.
The New Boat Co: Hanbury Wharf, Droitwich, Worcestershire
Northern Marine Services: Narrowboat builder based in Lymm, Cheshire.
The Northwich Boat Company: Keep costs low by producing "standard layout" narrowboats in production volumes.
Nottingham Castle Marina: Boat Sales and marina services.
The Nottingham Narrowboat Company: Narrowboat fitter of new shells for customers wanting upmarket quality.
Perkins Narrowboats Ltd: A recently established Company in the East Midlands run by Mike and Ros Perkins. The company is in the narrowboat fit-out market at the luxury end of the scale.
Peter Nicholls Steel Boats: Steel narrowboat and yacht builder.
Prestige Narrowboats: Narrowboat fitters based near Shrewsbury.
R W Davis Company: A company that has been building boats at Saul Junction since 1887.
R.L.L Projects Ltd: Bristol based steel boat building business supplying basic hulls through to fully fitted Narrowboats, Avon Barges(New),Dutch Barges, Wide Beam Cruisers, Work boats and Fishing Boats.
Reading Marine Company: Boat builders and boat hire.
Richard's Narrow Boats: Narrowboat fitters.
Ricochet Narrow Boats: From initial-concept through to launching, Ricochet will produce your custom narrow-boat or wide-beam.
Russ Hubble Boats: Builds narrowboats, widebeams and barges of all types. From fit outs using hardwoods to more basic specifications with clean simple layouts.
S M Hudson Boatbuilders: An award-winning builder of Josher-styled, traditional narrowboats
Sagar Marine Ltd: Dutch barge specialists based at Brighouse on the Calder & Hebble Canal.
Sandhills Narrowboats Ltd.: With over 30 years of experience, Gary, Mark, Robin and Dawn launched the company in 1999 to build bespoke narrowboats on time and within budget.
Sea Otter Boats: Builder's of aluminium hull boats.
Simpsons Boats: Narrowboat builder based at Sharpness.
Soar Valley Steel Boats: Quality Steel Narrowboat Shells and Wide Beams.
South Holland Marine & Fabrication Ltd: A range of Dutch Barge shells are available in various different sizes ranging from 49ft up to 65ft in length.
Starline Marine: Boat building business run by Pauline & Ian Cundy and based at Upton Marina.
Starline Narrowboats: Since 1980 they have provided narrowboat holidays from their base at Upton upon Severn on the River Severn.
Stephen Goldsbrough Boats: Boatbuilding and boatyard services.
Stirling Narrow Boats: A company based in Ellesmere Port building traditional, semi-traditional and cruiser style narrowboats.
The Stockton Dry Dock Company: Boatbuilding and dry dock services on the Grand Union Canal.
Stoke-on-Trent Boat Building Co. Ltd: Narrowboat builder.
Suffolk Narrowboats: A small family firm fitting out narrowboats and widebeams based on Price Fallows shells.
Thanetcraft: A builder of small aluminium boats for over fifty years. Based at Twickenham, Middlesex
Triton Boat Fitters: Boat fitters based in Eccles, Manchester.
Vardy Barge: The site of Mark Vardy builder of bespoke Dutch barges and narrowboats.
Weltonfield Narrowboats Ltd: Marina and boatbuilding services at Welton Hythe on the Leicester Section of the Grand Union Canal.
Woodworks Boat Fitting: Boat fitters based in Nottinghamshire.
Wraysbury Boathouse: Boatbuilding and restoration. Also a full service and maintenance facility which includes, slipping, antifouling, refinishing, inboard and outboard servicing, repairs and storage.
Wychcraft: Traditional crafts of the English canals at Hanbury Wharf in Worcestershire. A one stop shop for traditional Roses and Castles canal painting, signwriting, and interior boat design and fit.
XR&D: Boat builders that have grown out from what was R&D fabrications.

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