Sheffield Workshop Open Weekend 2nd and 3rd September

a big thank you to everyone who attended our recent open day! it was great to meet you all and we are looking forward to working with you on your bespoke projects in the very near future.

We would like to welcome you all to our Open Weekend at our Sheffield Workshop on the 2nd and 3rd of September. There you will be able to see a wide range of boats at various stages of construction, as well as talk to one of our team members to discuss your own project.

No appointments are necessary - feel free to come along and have a chat! The workshop will be open to visitors from 10am.


Victoria Boatyard

Sussex Street,

Sheffield, S4 7YY

Crick Winner "Columbus" For Sale


Anyone who visited Crick this year couldn't help but be bowled over by this fantastic boat, a combination of stunning steelwork from our team in Sheffield combined with the imagination and craftsmanship of the team at Boating Leisure Services.

Reviewed in the Canal Boat's August New Boat Test, this 60' tug is a boat with real character and  one we're proud to feature, along with some highlights from the article.

“Columbus” is based on a Tyler Wilson tug, and it really is a thing of beauty. It doesn’t really matter which angle you look at it from, either. From the front, you get the benefit of seeing the Josher style bow; from the side you can see the rise in the gunwales and roofline toward the stern; and from the back you can see how the rise continues through the counter.

But there’s more to enjoy when you look at the details. There are rings on the forward bulkhead, scrolls in the handrails, a boatman’s beam across the roof and a riveted panel in the roof to make you think an engine has been lowered through.

The tug deck and counter have a plank effect, there are answer pins on the gunwales and recessed panels at the stern carrying the boat’s name and number. Three pigeon boxes on the roof emphasise the traditional look - but in fact, they all have double glazed lights.
— Canal Boat, August 2015

"Columbus" exterior

Many people say they like the shape of tugs, but struggle with the loss of cabin space because of the long deck. But “Columbus uses that space for an extra bedroom. Solid oak is used throughout, with shadow gap tongue and groove below the gunwales and painted cabbing sides above. There’s more shadow gap in the ceiling and the floor is also solid oak. All the oak furniture is made to a very high standard - it looks both solid and stylish.
— Canal Boat, August 2015

Interior, galley

Access to the bedroom under the tug deck is pretty special. Entering the boat from the tug deck you walk into the saloon down three steps. The steps slide allowing entry into the under-deck room. As this is a space under a tug deck, there was never going to be massive headroom, but it still feels like a proper room.

What makes it really special is the glass panel in the tug deck which floods the space with light. It’s well over an inch thick and is surrounded by colour-change LED lights and will have a blind too. This means there’s a permanently available second bed, which many owners would find useful.
— Canal Boat, August 2015

Tug deck with skylight for below bedroom

Bedroom under tug deck

Galley with sliding step access to bedroom under tug deck

A spacious saloon with large sofa leads onto a very smart looking galley, complete with granite worktops, washing machine, fridge, 'cape' oven and hob with angled extractor fan and dishwasher.

The walk through shower room features a quadrant shower basin and Vetus Macerator toilet.

The master cabin is light and airy thanks to two sets of side doors and lots of cleverly concealed storage, keeping the area clutter free.

"Columbus" is powered by a Beta 50 which in turn charges a state of the art domestic battery system featuring Victron Lithium batteries, which form the heart of a sophisticated electrical system.

Interior, master cabin

There can’t be many better ways to spend a sunny day than steering a fine looking tug along our waterways, And, as you might expect from a Tyler Wilson shell, this one handles extremely well. It responds to the tiller and turns very well.

Tugs are very appealing and this one is particularly attractive: the traditional exterior looks the part, while the inside has the contemporary, high quality look and feel that people like. And then there’s the element that really makes it stand out, the extra bedroom under the tug deck.

So how much does a boat like this cost? “Columbus” is priced at £158,000 and for that you get a high quality boat for you cash, a superb shell with fantastic detailing, a well thought out layout, top drawer fit-out and very advanced electrics.

But perhaps what’s more important is that this is a boat that’s very easy to fall in love with - and when a boat can make you smile every time you think about it, it really is a winner.
— Canal Boat, August 2015

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Open Day 1st and 2nd August at Sheffield Boat Yard

This year's Crick Boat Show was a roaring success; once again one of our shells won Best In Show and our new Sheffield Keel seemed to go down a treat! Thank you to everyone who came to see us and for all the lovely compliments, we really appreciated it.

Sheffield Keel, view towards bow.

Photos of the Sheffield Keel are now available on the Our Boats page. If, however, you missed the show, you want another look at the boat in person or just fancy another chat, we are pleased to announce an Open Day taking place on August 1st and 2nd at our Sheffield Boatyard. (Address and map available on our Contact Us page).

Galley/ breakfast bar, Sheffield Keel

There will be plenty of boats to look at, all at various stages of completion, including the fully fitted Sheffield Keel we exhibited at Crick (available for purchase, fully fitted). Please feel free to pop down if you have any inquiries or if you just want to see what it is we do. See you then.

Crick Boat Show

Crick Boat Show is only a few weeks away and so, in the run up to the event, here's a little preview of what we will be exhibiting this year. 

60' by 12'3" Sheffield Keel - fully fitted with phenomenal living space. This boat offers clean modern lines with traditional elegance and beauty. 

 Steel shell on it's way out of the workshop to be finished and fitted - come and see the completed boat at Crick.

Steel shell on it's way out of the workshop to be finished and fitted - come and see the completed boat at Crick.

If you want a closer look at this boat, want to inquire about a boat of your own or if you just fancy a chat; please feel free to come and speak to us at Crick - we'd love to hear from you!

Tim and Jonathan


Welcome to our new website,! After Tim's daughter had a look at our old website, she declared she could do a much better one, and definitely more up-to-date! So we decided to take her up on it - and she's done a fantastic job. So here is our brand new website. It contains much of our original content, just updated, and with a brand new design to make it easier to navigate. We've also included a blog so that you can keep abreast of our latest news. 

We hope you enjoy our new website, thanks for visiting,

Tim Tyler and Jonathan Wilsom