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 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 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
REFINED CANAL BOATS REQUIRE A TEAM OF
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‘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 Childrens 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 have been chosen to provide a modern and light environment which will be 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 will be a floating trader continuously moving around the London network for more information please have a look at their Facebook Page
‘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), 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 a thorough, professional design process. Its 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 whole 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 a dream boat then the first step has to be our industry leading ‘All-in-One’ design service, this 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 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.
AN EXPERIENCED, DEVOTED TEAM OF PERFECTIONISTS…
Within our well-equipped workshop Dom runs the production and is responsible for fitting out our narrowboat & widebeam build projects. With a huge skill set, Dom brings decades of experience from high-end shop fitting and in short makes the unachievable, achievable. Confident and more than capable working with traditional timbers through to corian, glass, aluminium, laminates, and faced boards. Importantly for The Fit Out Pontoon Dom isn’t a traditional boat fitter, he doesn’t have fixed ideas on how boats should look and is very much enthused by custom projects which challenge tradition.
Marcus and Dean work alongside Dom in the joinery department. Dean is an extremely experienced, capable and dedicated joiner and Marcus is a time served, qualified machinist responsible for running the panel saw, edgebander, planner and spindle moulder.
In terms of the electrics, plumbing and mechanical side we have Dave who benefits from many years’ experience working in the marine industry. As a live-aboard narrowboater Dave understands the theory/practice along with challenges boating brings.
With regards to Painting Department we have Mark C, a perfectionist in his finish, responsible for both internal and external paintwork.
Bringing these people together The Fit Out Pontoon find themselves in league of their own when it comes to delivering on high-end, bespoke canal boat projects.
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