‘ALL IN ONE’ NARROWBOAT & WIDEBEAM DESIGN SERVICE
If you’re in the market for a new canal boat and like us, totally appreciate the importance of a well refined design, you’ll hopefully be enthused to have found The Fit Out Pontoon – the only independent canal boat design consultancy.
Our Narrowboat & Widebeam Design Service is hugely beneficial for buyers of brand new fully fitted canal boats, and equally for those looking to buy sailaways for a self-fit out. The ‘All In One’ Design Service is just this, beginning with a half day consultation where we encourage our clients to bring all their ideas and questions to run through. This is followed by the design development and refinement process which completes with the production and supply of full set of technical drawings.
‘ALL In One’ Design Service Benefits:
BOAT BUILDERS ARE SKILLED AT MANUFACTURING & IMPLEMENTING GREAT DESIGNS
AS DESIGNERS WE’RE SKILLED IN CREATING & COMMUNICATING GREAT DESIGNS
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Our ‘All In One’ Narrowboat & Widebeam Design Service is much more than just a design service, we begin the process with a one-to-one design consultation where you’ll gain invaluable information, contacts, product knowledge and advice from a team of designers who combined have over 20 years live aboard experience.
The early part of the consultation is focused around gaining as much information from you as possible. The idea is to fully understand why you’re buying a boat, whether it’s for leisure or residential purposes and how you’ll be using it. With all this information at hand, together we will develop a comprehensive list of on-board requirements, equipment and appliances – an essential initial stage of the design process. This is also a great opportunity for you to run through any canal boat related questions and we encourage you to bring along a pre-prepared list.
We also urge you to come to the consultation with sketches, proposed layouts, photographs or any other inspiration you have to hand. During the second part of the consultation we’ll take a detailed look through your material to gain a better understanding of the style of boat you’re looking for. Quite often we’ll get chance to start developing some basic layouts, proving or disproving ideas and concepts we’ve talked about during the meeting which is an ideal place to finish the consultation.
DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT & REFINEMENT PROCESS
Following on from the design consultation we’ll have gathered ample information to start putting some basic design proposals together for your consideration. Generally we evolve the designs and communicate them with you via email and/or telephone. For those a little more computer savvy, we do find considerable benefits from Skype calls as we can take full advantage the facility to share our computer screen and work with you over a live video call.
We developed and refined our design process to maximise efficiency, we initially concentrate on the overall layout, once we’ve agreed this we’ll begin to look at the window, hatch and vent positions, followed by the plumbing and electrical details and finally we’ll look at the lighting circuits.
TECHNICAL DRAWING SET PRODUCTION
Once we’ve finalised the design we’ll put together a final set of technical drawings. Our drawing sets generally include three seperate drawings; a hull and aperture drawing for the initial fabrication of the hull, a general layout with descriptions of each item and a plumbing and electrical drawing.
We have a large format in-house printer which prints high resolution up to A1 size. We supply two sets of drawings, one for yourself and the other for any builders/fitters you’re working with. These are presented in parcel tubes to help you protect them for the duration of the build process.
For customers purchasing sailaways we supply two totally seperate sets of drawings with different details. A set for the builder which will just communicate the details they’re interested in (this will vary depending on whether its a sailaway basic, sailaway lined or additions) and the other drawing set will communicate the fully fitted details.
TECHICAL DRAWING EXAMPLES
'All In One' Narrowboat & Widebeam Design Service
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