Over the years, we are proud to have had many positive reviews both from customers and various boating magazines. We hope that you too will be equally satisfied with our product.

68' Semi-traditional Narrowboat with fit out by Braidbar Boats.

The 68-footer is based on an impressive sheer line Josher shell by Tyler Wilson. Sheerline means there’s a long sweeping curve along the gunwale line, and together with the nice Josher-style curves of the bow it’s a boat that’s well worth standing back and admiring to fully appreciate the attractive lines. And there are details to applaud too, many of which are pleasingly discreet.

We like the handling of Tyler Wilson boats and it seems as if their 68ft does are just as good as the shorter models we’ve tested. This boat goes where it’s pointed and responds well to the tiller.
— Canal Boat, November 2017

'Dorset' - 70' Traditional Narrowboat with fit out by Finesse.

In fact, it is possibly the best Jonathan Wilson shell I have seen, with a superb level of detail, seamless welding and perfectly flat panel sides. The green gloss of the paintwork would highlight any flaws but here there are none.

Jonathan Wilson can take credit for an exceptionally well-produced shell that shows he is still at the top of his game.
— Waterways World, November 2017

'Threpence Ha'penny' - 60' Semi -Trad Josher with fit out by Bourne Boatbuilders, 2017 Crick Winner.

‘Threpence Ha’peny’ is based on a shell by Tim Tyler and features one of his very attractive Josher style bows. It really does look the part. There are plenty of other nice steelwork features too, such as recessed panels at the stern, a boatman’s beam across the roof and three pigeon boxes. There are scrolls and cants, and the cabin sides look lovely and clean, as you’d expect from a builder of this quality.

As you might expect of a Tyler shell, the handling is excellent.
— Canal Boat, August 2017

'Mirabillis' - A 60' Traditional Narrowboat with fit out by Braidbar Boats.

“Mirabillis” means amazing, wondrous or remarkable, which pretty much sums up Abbi and Graham’s new life on board their boat.

The shell is by Tyler Wilson, typically good looking… and there are nice details everywhere. Such as, scrolls in the handrails and cants and a boatman’s beam across the roof…

Tyler Wilson shells are some of the best handling hulls available thanks to their long swims, and ‘Mirabillis’ proved no exception. We winded with ease twice during our test, both times without fuss and without using the bow thruster…

The look of the boat obviously struck a chord with walkers on the Macclesfield; it’s quite a while since we’ve carried out a boat test when so many people commented on what a nice boat it was…
— Canal Boat, February 2015

'Water Lyon' - A Gentleman's Launch with fit out by Martin Kilby and team.

Based on a gentleman’s launch, ‘Water Lyon’ is a very different kind of wide-beam boat…

Although only 4’6” wider than a narrowboat, it feels more like twice the width which means you can have comfortable 2 and 2 accommodation in a 45’ boat length.

Taking ‘Water Lyon’ for a spin along Bristol’s floating harbour was a very enjoyable experience. The boat moved nicely through the water and responded well to changes in engine speed.

A near vertical stem post gives ‘Water Lyon’ a purposeful look and cuts through the water nicely. There are curves in both the plan and side views so Tim had to erect framing to the required shapes first and then clad it with steel. This can sometimes result in a few undulations but the steelwork here is so smooth it looks like it came out of a mould.

The Verdict: I had seen photographs of this boat during construction so I was expecting something out of the ordinary; and I wasn’t disappointed.

The combination of a discerning customer and a skilled and dedicated workforce has produced a boat with great character, innovation and quality.
— Waterways World, September 2014

Have a look at our gallery for 'Water Lyon' in the Our Boats section.

'Hyggelig' - A 60' Cruiser Stern with lowered well deck with fit out by Brayzel Boats.

‘Hyggelig’, built for Jon and Jenny by Brayzel Narrowboats, is a boat that has plenty of interesting features and works well.

In a Tyler Wilson shell, a lot of the work is done by the eye, and that’s probably why the shell looks so pretty. The lines are lovely; the boat sits nicely on the water and everything looks in proportion…

Tyler Wilson shells are some of the best handling boats out there, and this is no exception…

This is a boat with a lot going for it, a very pretty shell from a well-known builder with a quality fit out to match.
— Canal Boat, November 2014

'Celtic Pride'

‘Celtic Pride’ is based on a shell by Tyler Wilson. This 58ft 6in trad is one of their sheer line tugs and is the sort of boat that really catches the eye. The lines are immensely pleasing and it’s a real head-turner. But then you start to notice all sorts of little details that only add to the pleasure of looking at this boat. You almost want to take a seat so you can take it all in - much like the way some people sit and stare at paintings in art galleries...

The boat is a joy to steer. It’s deep draughted and on the heavy side too, so it won’t get blown about too much by the wind. The rudder is a big piece of metal, so the steering is a little heavier than on some other boats. But that’s a good thing because it feels very positive. Few hulls turn better than a Tyler Wilson and this boat proves that rule. The long swims mean it can be turned very easily…

In addition, this boat is something of a head turner, in a way that tugs often are. There’s just something about that long tug deck which looks very attractive on the water.
— Canal Boat, December 2014


This is not a craft that is designed to sit in a marina - it is one to go cruising… Handling with the wheel was positively delightful and, once on the river, the boat opened up and moved superbly, with minimal wash… an excellent boat.
— Waterways World, December 2013

All hulls used by our company for new boats are built by Tyler Wilson. The design and construction of these fine hulls provide our team of boatbuilders with the consistent quality and stability needed for the fit-out procedure to produce an enduring craft which will shout quality into the years ahead.
— Nantwich Marina, www.nantwichmarina.co.uk/inde.php/boat-builders