At our open days we do not rush anyone and have the facilities for you to spend as long as you wish at our workshops for you to gain the best knowledge and advice necessary.
As Bluewater Boats is one of the few companies that build from steelwork to painting our open weekends have proved exceedingly popular in recent years as it provides an insight to each significant construction process from steelwork to delivery. Our team of experienced staff are always on hand during our open weekends to discuss and respond to any enquiries you have regarding the build process. Many examples of the various processes required to build a boat to an exceptional high standard are on display throughout our open days.
We currently have the following boats under construction:
65ft 6″ x 13ft 6” Bespoke Dutch Barge designed by us and built with an aft cabin, a corridor alongside the engine room, under the wheelhouse and exterior steps up to an aft sun deck area. Fitted with a painted and oak interior. The high specification for the equipment on board includes Mastervolt lithium iron batteries, Mastervolt inverter/chargers, solar panels, Dometic air conditioning, Vetus Deutz 170hp engine, 14 kva generator, hydraulic bow and stern thrusters, hydraulic winch and our superb hydraulic steering system.
70ft x 15ft Bespoke Dutch Barge designed by us and built with an aft cabin, a corridor alongside the engine room, under the wheelhouse and exterior steps up to an aft sundeck area. Built to Category C and the newly introduced ES-TRN rulings, believed to be the first built in the UK. Fitted with a painted and American black walnut interior, this barge has three cabins and two bathrooms including a jacuzzi bath. The high specification for the equipment on board includes Mastervolt lithium iron batteries, Mastervolt inverter/chargers, solar panels, Dometic air conditioning throughout, Vetus Deutz 210hp engine, 14 kva generator, hydraulic bow and stern thrusters, hydraulic bow and stern winches and a bow locker to house two motorbikes. Teak decking is fitted on the bow deck, gunnels and aft deck area, along with collapsible stainless steel railings on the aft deck with rope handrail. Csavargo is completed and we are currently waiting for a date for her to be launched.
A 62ft x 12ft two bedroom wide beam built with our traditional square stern with wraparound cushioned seating. Currently in the early stages of fitting out.
A 60ft x 11ft wide beam hull with wheelhouse at the stern. This wide beam will only be built as a sailaway and will be completed by the owner.
A 69ft x 11ft wide beam hull with a wheelhouse and stern deck. This wide beam will only be built as a sailaway and will be completed by the owner.
A 40ft x 10ft wide beam lined sailaway with a galley and bathroom fitted, plumbing, electrics and fully painted. This wide beam is completed and is awaiting delivery following the Coronavirus guidelines of re-opening marinas.
La Bella B has returned to us!!! We built La Bella B back in 2012 as a wonderful family holiday boat, over the years La Bella B has changed owners. The new owner’s requirements are not for a family boat, therefore, she has been returned to us for some modifications to the interior and some re-painting and some servicing work. It is lovely to see her back and looking in fantastic condition.
Please call us to arrange an appointment to visit us and see these boats in progress. In line with UK Government current guidelines we have face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser readily available for all of our visitors to use during visits, whilst also adhering to the two metre social distancing.
Bluewater’s bespoke widebeam narrowboat aims to give the space for which these boats are renowned – but without the boxy edges. Does it succeed?
Article in Canal Boat 2015 – Review of Ruby Twosday – a bespoke 59ft narrowboat
The owners say that, on the way to Crick, the unusual front end of their boat prompted plenty of comments – and you can see why. Not only does the cabin extend over where the well deck would normally be, it’s also fitted with square timber window frames, made from iroko, which follow the curve of the steelwork. There’s also a set of little doors at the bow. Inside, this area offers a very light and bright seating and dining area, which the owners clearly love.
The remainder of the bespoke boat is more standard, with a cabin at the stern and an off-corridor shower room. The galley has granite worktops and units which curve around. There’s L-shaped seating in the saloon, along with a diesel Lockgate stove and there’s a large dog box in the roof.
The boat is powered by a 52hp Vetus engine and there are AGM batteries and a 2.5kW inverter.
Bluewater build their own steelwork, which is shotblasted before painting with a two pack system.
Verdict: A novel take on the extended cabin