Who We Are - Boat builders VS retailers

We are a team of master craftsman; experts who take great pride in building boats that will change peoples lives. Because we are builders we can design and manufacture a boat to fit any specification/requirement/dream! We can also customise existing stock boats to better suit the needs of its new owners. Indeed, we have an onsite and online chandlery as well as in-house furniture manufacture to cater through to the finishing touches.

+ Our Mission

is to introduce more people to freedom of travelling along the beautiful rivers & canals of Britain and Europe, whilst offering the ultimate built-in comfort and luxury.

+ After care

Our customers have direct access to expert advice from our designers, who with your input can customise and design your boat from the very beginning.

The only limit is your imagination

You decide what goes where. Would you like a high-level oven in your galley? We can do it. Would you prefer a bath tub in the bathroom? Let’s make that happen. Living aboard has never been easier.

Working on 3D designs, you can plan and apply changes with ease on the screen before production starts, you can see exactly what you are paying for.

We manufacture our own furniture, which gives you a massive choice in terms of colours, materials, and finishes and you can be sure they will fit perfectly in your boat.

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Mix and match a few key options to find your dream boat!


+ What we offer

Our Narrow boats, Wide Beams & Barges are built to order and for sale from stock. They come supplied with official RCD (Recreational Craft Directives) documentation ensuring suitability for sale and use in UK and Europe. We build them according to the safety guidelines as supplied by the British Marine Federation.

Designed to maximise control, safety, and manoeuvrability our boats are easily handled by all, from the unexperienced with just a little training, to the fully experienced boater.

Our standards start at the top. With a powerful Vetus engine (guaranteed 5 years), backed by Vetus running gear (guaranteed 3 years) at the very heart, and a well-designed hull that cuts through the water.

+ Guarantee

We offer 3 years guarantee on our own exterior paintwork, 1 year guarantee on all timber products & internal fit-out.

Up to 17 years guarantee on selected partners’ products.

All other equipment is supplied with the standard manufacturer’s guarantee.

Our hulls are professionally sand blasted first and sprayed with epoxy primer. We then apply two coats of two pack, high build primer above the water line. Finally, we add two pack gloss top coat to give you the ultimate protection with a long-lasting shine.

Below the water line we apply two coats of pitch epoxy, which we estimate will increase the haul-out and blacking periods by at least two to three years. Your boat will be supplied and fitted with sacrificial anodes.

Taking care of your boat

We have the equipment on site to take care of your boat. From heavy lifting equipment to load and launch your boat here at the beautiful Redhill Marina, to the heated workshop that ensure your boat is manufactured and cared for in the best possible environment.

+ We understand your needs

Our technicians have more than forty years of boat building and living aboard experience. An important asset for us because it mirrors our passion in showcasing how wonderful life could be, aboard one of our boats.

We always remind ourselves what it means to be a boater and what we would want from a boat. This creates a bridge of trust between our customers and ourselves.

You really like our boats and the way we work, but you feel your budget may not allow you to fulfil your dreams? Ask us about finance opportunities. We will direct you towards your best options that suit your budget.

+ What can you expect

Our boats are ready to launch, supplied with diesel in the tank, gas, soft furnishings and cruising kit.

For your peace of mind, we include a hand-over. We will accompany you on your maiden voyage, providing you with simple and understandable information on how to steer your boat and use its equipment.

Our beautiful boats are reliable, practical, safe, and user-friendly for both new and experienced boaters.

The investment we made in the latest technology, allowed us to offer a level of craftmanship that is unique in the industry. We only use high-end materials and equipment to make sure we deliver the boat of your dreams. A testament to the care we take when working for you. Buying a boat is such an important decision, just as important as choosing who builds it for you. We are not just boat builders, we are boaters too. Let us impress you with what living on a boat can truly feel like.
— Les Robinson, MD

Why NBC?

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Steel Selection

All our hulls are made from a high quality structural steel chosen for its weldability and its ductility. It is a low carbon steel with small alloying additions to get the strength required. It is an ideal material for building boats. Baseplates are 10mm, hull sides at 6mm and cabins at 5mm.

+ Paintwork Preparation

After shot blasting, your hull passes into our dedicated heated paint shop. Here your hull will be faired, sanded, and prepped by our expert team of technicians. The shop temperature is automatically controlled. This allows us to paint boats in a dry, temperature-controlled environment, avoiding any risk of condensation and or frost that would affect the paint and the materials.

+ Shot Blast Bare Metal Hull

Every one of our hulls is put through a shot blasting process before paintwork preparation begins. This process vastly improves the adherance of the paint, translating into a better paint finish that lasts a lot longer. Makes you boat look even better for longer

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Engines

Powered by a Vetus engine you can rely on. Quiet and smooth in operation, it will give you years of trouble free boating pleasure.

+ Equipment

The equipment onboard carefully selected from the Vetus range. Here at Nottingham Boat Co we love vetus equipment. It is of exceptional quality with a global dedicated network of Vetus dealers on hand to support you if you ever run into trouble.

+ Internal Flooring

Nothing but the best, your boat will feature karndean flooring throughout. It forms a waterproof flooring that is both flexible and hard-wearing. Ideal for life onboard a boat.

 

Resources

When purchasing a boat you have to keep in mind what will ou prefer doing with it. Are you looking to stay moored up all the time in your Marina of choice or would you prefer cruising the canals as much as possible, maybe with a Constant Cruising License?

Whatever the answer, there are plenty of resources to help you out make an informed decision.

 

Waterside Moorings easy and quick available moorings search directory

Inrteractive Map of Canals and River of the UK by Jim Shead

Map of Canals and Rivers from the Canal & river Trust

Interactive Map from Water Explorer

Waterways World Map for Wide Beams up to 12ft 6”

Canal & River Trust Guides by Area of interest

These helpful guides will show you incredible places to visit with your canal boat in each area, with tips and advice on fun things to do with the whole family, where to stay and how to get there.

Canal & River Trust Waterways Dimensions

Do you know which canal you want to cruise but are not sure if your canal boat can go through it? Use this simple guide for the Waterways Dimensions by the Canal & River Trust.

Waterways Dimension Guide

 

Let's talk about...Finance

Some people hear the word “finance” and instantly shake their heads. Whether you are worried about finance or have an absolute distrust for finance companies, you still might want to consider the idea of taking a loan to help the purchase of your dream boat.

You can finance your purchase in a number of ways:

 

+ Finance

Known as a marine mortgage - you wouldn't buy a house without borrowing money. The difference here is that you are able to

part fund your first installment payment (usually 35%) with finance,

use it simply to secure the boat build whilst you are selling your home or freeing up cash,

there are no early payment penalties. As soon as the money come in, pay off the rest of the balance and say goodbye to the monthly mortgage payments and finally start living your new life in complete FREEDOM.

Follow this link HERE for more details.

Or give our partners a call - Tel: 44-1432-347-770

+ Part exchange

Subject to the consideration of our management team, part exchange can dramatically reduce the amount of cash you need to put towards your purchase

+ Equity release

(For aged 55 and over) Free up a sum of money from your current home in order to fund your new boat purchase. Learn more about Equity Release HERE

 

News and Updates


What are trim Levels?

 

+ Freedom

The Freedom level give you a fully functional complete bathroom and kitchen. This level i sperfect if you don't want to part with your own free standing furniture.

+ Lifestyle

Everything that you find in the Freedom level, plus a few additions that include a master bedroom bed and wardrobe, a TV unit and a stove. Your boat is just halfway there, she only needs some of your personalised final touches.

+ Premier

Live to the max from the start. The boat is ready for you to move in and just enjoy. Top of the range with upgraded workstops to stone-effect, a fireplace surrounding the stove, and an enclosed stern that could easily become the best entertainment area.

 

FAQ

Here at the Nottingham Boat Company we pride ourselves of the investment we made in state of the art design technology, up to the minute manufacturing equipment, and modern management systems. This empowers our staff with the ability to plan and manufacture high-quality boats.

We constantly invest in training, IT, and modern workshop equipment, allowing you to feel more confident while making one of the largest financial purchases of your life.

 

+ What makes NOTTINGHAM BOAT COMPANY the best suited company to build your boat?

Experience:

We have over 50 years of experience in building boats AND living aboard. We know what you will need and how to get you there. We will work closely with you to make sure you get exactly what you want, whether you are looking to relocate living aboard or planning new and exciting adventures.

+ Where can you find us?

We are perfectly situated in the centre of UK, at Redhill Marina.

  • 5 minutes away from M1, junction 24,
  • 5 minutes by foot from East Midlands Parkway Train Station,
  • 15 minutes by car from the East Midlands Airport,
  • We are situated at the junction of the river Trent with the river Soar. Both leading to navigable canals.

Our position allows for an easy test of your narrow boats, barges or wide beams up to 72ft with a 14ft beam.

Here on site we will be able to lift your boat in and out of the river and onto a truck for transportation. Or better yet, you can sail away directly from the marina.

+ What are the boats choices?

  • Narrowboats: From 50ft in length and their traditional 6ft10” width, Narrowboats are known for their history as work boats, and their ability to travel almost anywhere in the Inland Waterways.
  • Wide beams: Doubling the width space of a Narrowboat (12ft) Wide beams tend to be used as liveaboards, giving you as much comfort as a regular flat.
  • Barges: They have a bulky look and may look even bigger than most Wide Beams, incredibly spacious, they will make you forget about your life-on-land.

Before you wish to buy a boat, you should be aware of:

  • Restrictions on the marinas you wish to moor into,
  • Restrictions on rivers and canals locks.
  • Depth of water
  • Width of canals and rivers

You can find all the relative information on the Canal & River Trust website.

+ How do we work on your boat?

With the implementation of CAD (Computer Aided Design), we can offer you schematics of what your boat will look like, allowing you to choose ‘what goes where’.

From the planning stages to completion, so you can follow the progress of your boat every step of the way. All you need is an email address and a PDF reader on your PC/device.

Also, you will receive all the schematics, that show you how your boat is set up and connected, in your RCD (Recreational Craft Directives) package. This will help you to:

Carry out vital maintenance (Always use a qualified engineer),

Give you important information regarding position, method of use, and how to gain access to vital boat equipment.

+ How does CAD benefit you?

CAD is a fantastic piece of computer technology when used by an experienced design engineer. As it is used to produce realistic 3D images of the boat or a product, it allows for any changes to be made prior the actual production.

These images will give you a visual feel for the finished boat, boat layout, equipment level, colour, and style before we start manufacturing your boat.

  • CAD will allow us to:

  • Give you a more accurate price that suits your budget,

  • Better create a building schedule,

  • Provide an accurate inventory of equipment and furniture for you to use as reference.

  • Let you know exactly what you will get, when your boat will be ready, and how much it costs.

Other benefits include:

  • Build efficiency and lay-out,

  • Practicality of use,

  • Accessibility to out-of-sight/concealed equipment,

  • Choose, view and approve your own improvements, styles, textures, and colours BEFORE we start working on the boat.

CAD drastically reduces the possibility of mistakes, which reduces the possibility of delays, which reduces the chances of disappointment.

We will provide you with the 3D schematics.

+ Where do we work on your boat?

Heated workshops:

Did you know that risk of condensation and or frost will affect the paint and materials at all levels?

That is why our workshops and offices are heated using environmentally friendly heating system that uses wood chip from sustainably managed forests. This allows us to paint boats in a dry, temperature-controlled environment.

We are proud to be the only company in the industry that greatly invested in a modern approach.

We take pride in being unique when it comes to care for the way we build your boat.

The warm and comfortable environment also improves our staff’s moral, which in turn raises the quality of their workmanship on your boat.

+ Where do we start to work on your boat?

Sand blasted hulls & epoxy paint:

We use sand blasting to provide a dry, clean steel hull which is a vitally important step before the painting is done.

Sand blasting prepares the hull to be smothered in epoxy paint, which has the best adhesive characteristics of any commercial paint and is 100% waterproof.

Sand blasting and epoxy paint provide the ultimate protection for your boat and a perfect base for the finishing 2K primer and top coat.

Our experience and confidence in the industry, combined with our investment in the latest technology and high-quality materials, has gained us a manufacturer guarantee. You will sail away with a durable marine paint finish to be proud of.

+ How do we test your boat?

Heavy lifting equipment:

We have on-site a 40 tons boat hoist, hydraulic trailer, and heavy-duty slipway that permit us to launch and test your boat.

This allows us to check for any faults or risk of failures prior to the delivery to you.

After our test and the customer hand over, you will be confident that your boat is ready to be hoisted onto a truck for transportation, which we can arrange for you, or have your boat placed directly in the marina.

All is left for you to do is sail away!

+ What are the choices of paint and final touches?

We proud ourselves into being able to offer you a bespoke boat. This means that we will have a range of exterior and interior colours for you to pick from, using the very latest paint technology and high quality durable paints and materials.

We pick the best interior finishing by collaborating with great partners. You will be able to choose from a wide range of kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms styles. Luxury flooring, wooden internal finishing, and soft furnishing are also provided.

As a company we can offer a high standard, bespoke boat. Designed using Computer Aided Design software, we will provide you with 3D drawings and plans enabling you to decide exactly the way you want your boat before we start working on it.

+ How far can you go with your boat?

Most rivers and canals will have you sail at about 4mph, allowing you to take in the beautiful scenery at a cruising pace.

You can visit the Canal & River Trust website for more information regarding speed restrictions or canals and rivers limitations.

+ Where can you keep or moor your boat?

There are many places to keep or moor your boat thanks to the many marinas located all over the UK, on rivers and canals.

Click HERE for a quick search of available moorings.

+ Do you need any licence?

If you have a boat on the water, you need a license. Even in a marina you need a River only or River & Canal or Canal only license. You can upgrade a River or Canal only to a River & Canal license for short periods of time if you want to go travelling for a short period of time or longer one! A Gold licence from the Canal & River Trust will allow you to live and travel the canals and rivers controlled by the Canal & River Trust.

You can also buy or lease your own private mooring.

Click HERE for more information about Boat license.

Follow this link to apply online for a license.

+ What else do you need?

All boats need to be safe and they must pass a Boat Safety Exam every four years. All our new fully fitted boats come with a valid BSE. You also need current insurance. And with new boats, you need to provide the Craft ID Number, which is issued by the boat builder.

+ How many people can sleep on your boat?

Depending on your own preferences of boat size and your current needs, we can provide you with boats with up to 4 sleeping areas.

Each boat description will state the amount of berths and/or beds they have.

+ How many people can your boat safely host?

Regardless of the boat you choose, we always provide our boats with a builders’ plaque which will tell you the carrying capacity, and the number of passengers (including skipper) you are allowed on board without invalidating your insurance.

+ Is there something you can have in a house but not on your boat?

Nope! Any services that you can find inside houses these days, you will be able to find them on our boats. Also, most things can be catered for with extra battery power or mobile WiFi.

+ What are the running costs of a boat?

The running costs for an inland waterways boats are approximately £4,000-£6,000 pa, outside of London. That should include moorings, insurance, and licence.

Maintenance, fuel, and heating will depend on usage, with an approximate estimate of £1,000 to £2,000 pa.

+ You have never driven a boat before?

Safety comes first. All our boats are built with safety and manoeuvrability in mind. We provide you with user friendly equipment, instructions, and essential training if needed.

Even though legally you don’t require a certificate or training to use a boat on the inland waterways, we do recommend to look into a health and safety training prior beginning your adventure.

We can advise and/or arrange your training with our collaborators.

+ Can you actually afford a boat?

You have seen our fully fitted boats, maybe you are looking at those few extras that will make your boat just perfect, or maybe you are tempted by the idea of building your own Sailaway.

We understand that purchasing a boat has a huge financial cost. You may need financial help to assist you in the decision making, or to decide which extras will benefit you more.

We are here to assist you. Our trusted financial partner PROMARINE is always happy and available to discuss options.

+ How long will it take to assess you for financial advice?

5 minutes on the phone with a financial adviser will be enough to go through your requirements.

+ What else?

A personal credit search will be required, alongside 3 months bank statements. A business will be required to supply accounts information.

+ What will you be asked while speaking to our financial advisor?

One of the first questions will be about the reason for purchasing (or wanting to purchase) a boat:

  • Recreational purposes (seasonal cruising, …)

  • As your home (live aboard)

  • Business

Other questions will be about your current living situation and location, and some financial details

+ After all this, who organises all the paperwork?

When everything is green lighted, we will prepare the paperwork for you to fill in and sign. We also have an online Direct Debit form that we can help you complete if you need us to.

This enables the finance company to pay for the boat and draw funds from your bank when required. Your boat must be Comprehensively insured always during your finance term.

+ Are there any TAX advantages?

There are tax advantages (VAT free) when you buy a Wide Beam or Barge, but not when you buy a Narrowboat.

All our boat descriptions will include details regarding VAT and what it takes for each boat to include or exclude VAT.

The general rule goes: any vessel of 60ft x 12ft and up will qualify as being sold at 0% VAT as a liveaboard. This is because of the calculation that has to be in accordance with HRMC calculating gross tonnage for vessels:

L (m) x B (m) x D (m) x 0.16

The D measurement is measured from under the top of the gunwale to the base plate.

The gross tonnage must be above 15 tons.

+ How else can we help you?

We are always on the phone if you need us, normally 7 days a week during office hours.

We have extensive experience in dealing with any issue you may come across after you have bought your boat. Most of these issues can arise as you get used to running your boat, and can be easily dealt over the phone. It is a learning curve after all.

If you require more assistance we will come to see you, or we will help you find competent advice to minimise any inconvenience.

+ Thinking about DIY your own boat?

Visit our “sister” website Sailaways.net for more information on Sailaway projects.

+ What are Sailaways?

Sailaways are boats that you can literally build yourself starting from an empty shell. Here at Redhill Marina we will provide you with everything you need through our on-site Chandlery and Sailaway Centre Park.

You can benefit of plenty of land storage, workshop storage containers, electricity, and water ON SITE.

Plus, there are toilets, moorings, and a good café.

+ Will you be left on your own?

If you buy a boat from us (fully fitted, or especially a Sailaway) WE WILL BE HERE for you. We have 50 years of experience in boat building AND living aboard. This makes sure that we are building your boat (or helping you build your Sailaway) to a high professional standard.

Who provides you with:

  • Water systems?

  • Heating?

  • Gas systems?

  • Electrical systems?

Our chandlery has everything you may need, with assembly instructions too.

+ What about furniture?

We manufacture and supply-to-retail high-quality, flat-pack furniture kits, specifically designed for boats, here at Redhill Marina.

We can advise you with the best options at the best possible price for you, as we strive to get you the best DIY end results in the fastest time.

+ How does the water system work?

The water system on our boats is supplied from a stainless-steel water tank of different sizes. Pressure is provided by a 12v DC or 240v ac water pump through an accumulator tank and transferred throughout the boat using plastic water pipe. Much the same as any household water system.

+ How is gas housed and powered?

The propane gas is supplied from a Gas Bottle supplied by Calor Gas. Then through a gas system to the hob, oven and grill.