The Fit Out Pontoon have simplified design and drawing process with a unique service tried, tested and approved by leading boat builders.
To order, we'll produce, print & post fully customisable technical drawings sets matching your exact requirements. With over 1850 variations to choose from including different lengths, widths, sterns and bows. Start designing your dream boat now!
The Perfect Head Start To Realising Your Dream Boat Whether you are buying a fully fitted boat from a boat builder, buying a Sailaway to fit out yourself or even re-fitting a canal boat, our fully customisable drawing sets will propel your project from concept to reality. Many of our customers feel purchasing these drawing sets proved to be the most valuable investment made during their entire project.
Watch our introductory video and imagine just how much your project will benefit from a professional head start...
Originally in 2012 we launched a very basic set of downloadable pdf plan views to help people like yourself with the design of their canal boats.
These drawings were very well received, however most of our visitors only had access to A4 printers, and many felt this was too small to work from. We also had similar feedback from the trade, whilst regularly designing boats for some of the UK's leading boat builders they too generally only had access to A4 printers.
So... Following popular demand we invested in a large format printer allowing us to print from a roll without paper length constraints... The longer the boat the longer the page. Over a six month period we slowly developed a foundation of canal boat drawings which created an opportunity to pass on our professional drawing skills for others to benefit from.
All our drawings are drawn to an industry standard of 1:25 scale, as an added feature we overlay a simple grid structure where each square within the grid represents one imperial foot (1ft). This grid structure is simple but extremley effective in aiding the scaled drawing design process.
All drawings sets are printed on an extremely durable 180g heavyweight coated paper. Drawing sets are dispatched in postal tubes ensuring they reach you in perfect condition, without creases.
Qty.1 Design / Development Sheet Containing: 3x Narrowboat Plan Views or 2x Widebeam Plan Views & 4x End Views.
Use this version to explore different layouts.
Qty.1 Engineered Drawing Sheet Containing: 1x Starboard Elevation, 1x Plan View, 1x Port Side Elevation & 4x End Views.
Use this version to take your final design concept to a more advanced stage.
Qty.1 Manufacture Drawing Sheet Containing: 1x Plan View & 4x End Views.
Use this version for your final design concept where you can add dimensions
and using left hand key you can easily identify electrical & plumbing details.
Qty.1 Essential Equipment Sheet Containing: Illustrations drawn to the exact scale of your design drawing set, this sheet contains common appliances, furniture, beds, showers, stoves, radiators & toilets to give you a head start with the drawing.
Customer Feedback: As these are all drawn to the correct scale of your drawings, cut these out and in a jigsaw type way explore different layouts before you commit pen to paper.
A standard bow is usually around 8ft long with a deck area (of around (4ft 6") which can house storage lockers either side (usually an chargeable item if buying new). Aswell as offering valuable storage these lockers also lend themselves to seating. At the very front is a lift up hinged locker which is generally used for gas (LPG) storage.
An enclosed bow provides around 4ft extra internal space inside the vessel. This type of bow is particularly popular with reverse layout with the main bed at the very front of the boat accross the full width. The bed then boxes in the mains water tank creating a logical and practical solution.
Traditional Stern (aka Trad Stern / Back Deck)
A narrowboat or occasionally a widebeam with a very small rear deck or counter, large enough for only the steerer to stand, which allows the inside cabin space to be maximised. As the name implies, this was the style of the old working narrowboats. Be aware canal boat engine bays are a miniumum of 8ft so the engine in effect is installed inside the boat and will need boxing in. The internal space required for the engine is around 4ft 6" in addition to the back deck area.
Semi-Traditional Stern (aka Semi-Trad Stern / Back Deck)
Predominately used with Narrowboats, this type of stern has the appearance the traditional design stern when viewed from the side but has a larger semi-open rear deck which provides room for storage and allows one or two people to cruise on the back with the steerer. The engine is located under the deck.
Cruiser Stern (aka Cruiser Back Deck)
A narrowboat or widebeam canal boat with a large, open deck area at the rear of the boat between the counter and the rear doors, usually having a rail around the back and sides to protect the crew and passengers. The engine is located under the deck.
Square Stern (aka Square Cruiser Stern / Back Deck)
Simply put a Square Stern is a Cruiser Stern with squared shape with radiused corners, these give a more space on the back deck and are becoming increasing popular with widebeams. The current trend with widebeams is to have an Enclosed Square Stern, as per the Euro-Cruiser, without the seating or hydralic steering.
8ft Euro Cruiser Stern
The 8ft Euro Cruiser stern option is only available on widebeam canal boats. Consisting of an Enclosed Square Stern and full width seating (often combined with a removeable table). The Euro Cruiser is generally ordered with an upgraded hydraulic steering system operated with a steering wheel. A very popular stern type for widebeams, however generally not an option for buyers on a limited budget, expect to pay upwards of £7,000 exc vat, specification depending.
10ft Euro Cruiser Stern
The 10ft Euro Cruiser stern option is only available on widebeam canal boats. Consisting of an Enclosed Square Stern and full width seating (often combined with a removeable table). The Euro Cruiser is generally ordered with an upgraded hydraulic steering system operated with a steering wheel. A very popular stern type for widebeams, however generally not an option for buyers on a limited budget, expect to pay upwards of £8,000 exc vat, specification depending.