NARROWBOAT BUILDERS & WIDEBEAM BUILDERS
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 fitouts begin with our industry-leading design consultations where we’ll take your ideas, develop and refine them, and translate 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 narrowboats & widebeams individual to client styles, tastes and requirements. We love creating truly unique spaces and because of this we don’t have rules or restrictions! If you’re in the market for a bespoke narrowboat or widebeam you may well have just found your perfect boat builder.
Narrowboat Builders & Widebeam Boat Builders
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‘ARAF’ 60×12 6″ft Bespoke Luxury Widebeam Home (with it’s own train carriage!)
‘Defiance’ 69x12ft Luxury Widebeam Build & Fitout
‘Samsara’ 69x12ft Luxury Widebeam Build & Fitout
‘Hazel Grace’ 65ft Luxury Narrowboat Build & Fitout
‘Ragondin’ 60x11ft Widebeam Build & Fitout, Tudor Inspired Hobbit Home
‘Albert Victor’ Luxury 53ft Tug Narrowboat Build & Fitout, Beta Hybrid Engine
‘Heart Of Oak’ 53ft Narrowboat Build – Semi-Cruiser Stern
Telling Tales – Widebeam Children’s Bookshop & Events Boat
‘Telling Tales’ was an inspiring project to be involved with. She is a 60x12ft widebeam boat designed and fitted out as a contemporary children’s bookshop and events boat. The design of the boat provides built-in shelving to showcase titles, additional headroom, a roof window and reading nooks for children. Materials such as birch plywood were chosen to provide a modern and light environment which are welcoming to both children and their parents. The boat is fitted with a kitchen and Espresso machine serving a range of drinks and snacks.
This boat is a floating trader continuously moving around the London network.
‘Double Demin’ 60x12ft Widebeam Build & Fitout, Reclaimed Timber
WIDEBEAM SAILAWAY LINED WITH WHEELHOUSE
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), with trim and window liners machined from sapele to match the wheelhouse.
WITHOUT A DESIGN IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO ACCURATELY COST…
If you’re aspiring to own a canal boat which is individually designed and built to your needs the first step should always be a thorough, professional design process. It’s crazy really in the housing market you wouldn’t dream of pricing or building a house without a detailed set of plans, yet as a rule within the canal boat industry the design process is all too often overlooked and under rated! Let’s be clear: a narrowboat or widebeam can only ever be as good as it’s design!
If you are serious about building your dream boat then the first step has to be our industry leading ‘All-In-One’ design service, which literally brings your boat to life. Together we’ll follow the design process from an initial concept to fruition ensuring the internal layout of your narrowboat or widebeam 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 build & fitout.
To help you appreciate our design and planning process below is a full production drawing produced for one of our recent builds. We hope you’ll agree that producing a drawing with such detail provides the perfect project management foundation. If you’re serious about maximising the potential for success and minimising misinterpretation give The Fit Out Pontoon a call on 0115 727 0165 to discuss your project in more detail.
GREAT CUSTOMER FEEDBACK MAKES IT ALL WORTH WHILE…
“We had very little experience of boating but some unique and specific requirements for a boat that would form the basis of our business. The Fit Out Pontoon were wonderful, they grasped our vision for the boat the very first time we met. Mark guided us through the practical stuff, but more importantly he, and his team, brought creativity and craftsmanship, they never shied away from a challenge. We always felt they went the extra mile, from that first meeting to delivery and showing us the ropes at the handover.
The finished boat is exceptional and we constantly receive compliments on it. What’s more it was built to the budget we’d agreed at the outset.
If you’re considering getting a boat built, you’d be bonkers not to call Mark at The Fit Out Pontoon.”
Jon & Daisy Gedny – Telling Tales Bookshop Boat