NARROWBOAT & WIDEBEAM BUILDERS & FITTERS
Located on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire The Fit Out Pontoon’s team of experienced boat builders and fitters transform fantastic designs from concepts into realities. All our narrowboat and widebeam fit outs begin with our industry leading design consultations where we’ll take your ideas, develop and refine them and translate these into manufacture drawings for our teams of builders and fitters to work from.
Buying a canal boat is a substantial investment, one we feel our clients should direct. Our aim is to design and build dream boats individual to client styles, tastes and requirements. We love creating truly unique spaces and because of this we don’t have rules or restrictions, we’re open to anything! If you’re in the market for a bespoke canal boat you might well have just found the perfect builder.
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WE PLAN PRIOR TO PROPOSING
If you’re aspiring to own a canal boat which is individually designed and built to your needs the first step should always a thorough, professional design process. Its crazy really in the housing market you wouldn’t dream of building a house without a detailed set of plans, yet as a whole within the canal boat industry the design process is all too often overlooked and under rated! If you haven’t already thought about it, a canal boat can only ever be as good as it’s design.
Initially all our boat building clients go through our industry leading ‘All-in-One’ design service which literally brings your boat to life, together we’ll follow the design process from concept to fruition to ensure the internal layout of your canal boat is perfectly planned down to the inch. With our impeccable drawing skills you’ll be able to visualise your canal boat with absolute clarity. Once we’ve finalised the design, specification, customisations, onboard equipment, materials and finishes we can put a detailed proposal together for the the build / fitout.
To help you appreciate our design and planning process below is a set of production drawings created for one of our build clients. We hope you’ll agree this level of detail provides an essential foundtion for custom-built bespoke canal boat projects and minimises any risk of misinterpretation.
PRODUCTION TEAM OF EXPERIENCED, DEVOTED PERFECTIONISTS…
Within our well equipped workshop Kris & Dom are responsible for fitting out our narrowboat & widebeam build projects, they have a huge skill set and bring to us decades of experience from high-end shop fitting. In short they make the unachievable, achievable and they’re more than confident working with traditional timbers through to corian, glass, aluminium, laminates, and faced boards.
Importantly for The Fit Out Pontoon Kris and Dom are not traditional boat fitters, they don’t have fixed ideas on how boats should be fitted out and are very much enthused by custom projects that challenge tradition.
CONTEMPORARY WIDEBEAM FLOATING BOOKSHOP (MAR 19 – CURRENT)
We are very pleased to announce our latest build, a really inspiring project with an unusual application. She’s a 60x12ft widebeam which will be fully fitted as a contemporary children’s bookshop, cafe and events destination.
The design has taken inspiration from balsa wood model kits (see photo) which I remember seeing as a child which incidentally haven’t seen for years now. We are going to attempt something I’m confident in saying hasn’t before been done before…. And if/when we pull it off will look absolutely fantastic and should inspire many boats to come. Birch ply will be the predominate material used for the internals and we will be making a feature of the natural end grain. Oh and did I mention Hex board for the shower panels? Surely not!
Watch this space for weekly updates…
WIDEBEAM SAILAWAY LINED WITH WHEELHOUSE (OCT 18 – FEB 19)
This project was a very individual 65x12ft widebeam sailaway lined with a bespoke sapele wheelhouse. Internally the boat was supplied complete with bulkheads, electrics and plumbing installed. The hull was completely designed and customised to suit our clients requirements. The shape of the bow has taken its inspiration from a dutch barge. At the stern there’s a permanent outdoor oval seating area suitable for entertaining up to eight guests. Forward of this there is a custom-built collapsible double glazed wheelhouse manufactured from sapele hardwood. Internally the lining is high-grade birch ply (to be painted post hand over), trim and window liners machined from sapele to match the wheelhouse.
GREAT CUSTOMER FEEDBACK MAKES IT ALL WORTH WHILE…
“We met Mark a couple of years ago at Crick Boat Show, when he was immediately helpful and gave honest advice (to a couple of amateurs!) about our plans to build a boat – and he struck us then as someone we’d like to work with. We’re now two months into a new adventure living on a bespoke widebeam barge as continual cruisers on the canals of London. Our boat has a very unusual (and for us, very stylish!) interior that was turned down by builders all over the country; but Mark stuck with us throughout, creating the plans for our design, finding us partners who’d work with us, project managing the whole process and ultimately using his own team of talented craftsmen to complete the complicated carpentry of the interior.
The general world of canal boat building is not customer facing nor is it a welcoming place for the non-initiated, believe me – but Mark is a new breed of boat builder who understands that world, but also gets your passion and gets modern customer service – he’s communicative and responsive, a creative and a problem solver, online and IT savvy and, crucially, he can explain all the complicated stuff to idiots like us! We love our boat and would not have moved beyond the dreaming stage without him.” Damian Spandley – Double Denim