Do Jonathan and Tim still build the boats?
Yes, both Jonathan and Tim remain completely hands on; they are actively involved in the planning, designing and building of every single boat. They work alongside a highly skilled team of boatbuilders who also have many years of experience.
Do you take stage payments?
No, we do not. A small deposit of £1,000 secures your build slot and agreed price of your boat. The balance is due on completion before the boat leaves our premises. This ensures that your hard earned money is never at risk and you can have the confidence that we are a business with sufficient finance liquidity to build your boat at our own cost.
Do you have moorings available?
Yes, we do; both at Victoria Boatyard and at Thorne, near Doncaster. Both these moorings alongside our extensive connections with other marinas mean that we can always find a mooring to suit your needs.
Can you recommend a boat fitter?
Most certainly. Over the years we've had the pleasure of working with many of the country's leading boat fitters who offer a wide range of styles to suit every taste and budget. If you let us know what you're looking for, we'll recommend the one most suited to your needs.
What engines do you recommend and fit?
We are more than happy to recommend and fit any quality engine including Beta, Barrus, Vetus and JCB alongside more traditional engines such as Gardners, Listers, Russel Newbury etc. We use the most qualified engineers and insist all our engines have at least two years warranty.
What paint system do you use to protect the steelwork?
All our exterior steelwork is thoroughly linished and prepared prior to application of high quality two pack Epoxy paint system. This includes beneath the base plate to give improved protection.
What steel do you use?
BSEN 10025. Over the years, we have built up a special relationship with a handful of steel stockholders and steel mills who understand our insistence on quality material. All material supplied comes complete with certification to ensure traceability and confirmation of high standards.
Why do you build on Birmingham square?
We have our base plates specially produced by one of Britain's largest steel mills at a slightly increased width than the industry standard of two metres. This gives approximately two and a half to three inches greater internal width at base plate level - significantly increasing the sense of space inside your narrowboat.