When is the next build slot?
The next Boutique Narrowboat will be built from June 2022. Depending on the specification, the fit-out is likely to take up to 6 months. We (Aaran Chapman and Sharon Peach) work alongside our trusted colleagues and carefully-selected craftspeople to create a Boutique Narrowboat. Some of our boats make it into our small hire fleet but a Boutique Narrowboat can also be built for sale to a private client.
How much does it cost For you to build me a bespoke Boutique Narrowboat?
Our boats cost from £150,000 to upwards of £300,000.
The final price is influenced mainly by the choice of propulsion method as well as by the size of the battery bank and associated systems such as solar panels. Our hire boats have the largest power storage systems possible to cope with the demands of modern life but you may decide to lower these costs.
Other major items that influence price include the hull specification (the cost of steel), the fixtures and fittings, and optional extras such as covers. Features such as bespoke or antique furniture and artwork or one-off designs are what make Boutique Narrowboats unique. Your budget will influence every aspect of the build.
What kind of boats do you fit out?
Our experience is with steel-hulled narrowboats under both electric and diesel propulsion. Our fit-outs are always individual and draw on contemporary interior design.
How involved can I be in the design process?
You can be as much or as little involved as you want. We will discuss your requirements early on so that we have an accurate brief of the kind of boat you would like us to build for you. Your ideas will influence any design drawings that we make for you.
As the build progresses, we will give you regular updates and reports. You are welcome to visit as often as you like during the build process and make adjustments where practical, but if you prefer to leave the detail to us, that’s fine too.
Do you fit out old boats?
No, we commission brand new shells and then fit them out.
I like the look of one of your existing boats. Can you create a replica?
Yes, to a degree. But as work progresses, we expect that you will want to make a few changes to make it your own. We will also offer design advice based on our understanding of the brief.
Can we build a boat with you and then hire it out through you?
No, we only operate our own hire fleet from Union Wharf. We don’t manage other people’s boats for them.
I’m interested in purchasing a Boutique Narrowboat. What happens next?
1. Contact us to start the conversation and tell us about your ideal narrowboat. We would be delighted to meet (either at our marina office or virtually) to discuss your thoughts.
2. We calculate costs based on your specification and if you would like to go ahead, we ask for the first staged payment. This is fully refundable if you change your mind after viewing the final plans.
3. We create the final design plans for your approval, including a portfolio for the interior. As the build gets underway, we invite you to regular site meetings to see developments and discuss any appropriate changes before completion.
4. The final staged payment is due two weeks before you collect your very own Boutique Narrowboat 🙂