Nick Thorpe Boat Building

We are a family run business based in Hixon, Stafford.
I started as a apprentice in 1991 for two of the highest regarded boatbuilders in the industry.
Over the years I've thoroughly enjoyed learning and developing my boatbuilding skills, and I strive for complete satisfaction for my clients as well as myself. In 2004 I decided to bite the bullet and go it alone, with the help of my wife Wendy in the office. This means I now build quality narrowboats that I proudly put my own name to.

Quality Narrowboats, Built to Your Specification

Everything is overseen by myself and nothing is overlooked. Each boat is built to the client's specifications and to my own designs on traditional lines. Please call us for an informal friendly chat about your narrowboat.

Complete Narrowboat building and fitting service

After recently relocating to our new premises, we can now offer more to the customer:

  • More build slots, due to extra space
  • In house hand finished paintwork
  • Engine of your choice fitted and commissioned

Award Winning Boats

A Nick Thorpe narrowboat was voted best in show at the Crick Boat Show in June 2012.
Congratulaions to MGM Boats Ltd for the wonderful fit out and also a big thank-you to all the people who cast their votes.

Click on the pictures to see "Snail's Pace"


Call now on 01889 270 040 to discuss your project requirements.

Nick Thorpe Boatbuilding - Narrowboats in Staffordshire

No cost steelwork options

Integral handrail, well deck / tug deck, rubbing strakes welded, side doors, windows / portholes, steel back & front doors, vented gas bottle locker and much more.
Customise your new boat to exactly how you need it.

Engine fitting

We work closely with Barrus and Beta Marine for our modern diesel
engines. All engines are fitted and commissioned at our premises.
If you have a personal engine preference, we can accomodate that.

Sailaway Boats

Sailaway services include ballast, floor rails, floor ply, windows, portholes, roof ventilation, low level ventilation, engine fitting.
Contact us for more details

Nick Thorpe Boatbuilding - Narrowboat Specialist