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 are one of the only 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 days 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 and these will be on display during our open day.
58ft Bespoke Narrowboat with a square stern to enhance the alfresco dining area, a short bow incorporating the bedroom, followed by a walk-through bathroom, galley, saloon and a cloakroom area at the stern. Fitted with an oak and painted interior throughout, iroko worktops and solid oak trimming. Vetus M4.45 42hp engine, bow thruster, Webasto heating and Reflexs diesel stove. The exterior of the hull has been shot blasted and is being painted in a two pack acrylic paint system.
57ft Bespoke Narrowboat with a square U shaped stern, a short bow incorporating the bedroom, followed by a walk-through bathroom, saloon, dinette and galley at the stern. This narrowboat will be at a completed hull stage.
66ft x 11ft Bespoke One Bedroom Wide Beam with a square wraparound stern with seating, hydraulic steering, Barrus 90hp engine, Webasto heating, bow thruster and multifuel stove. Fitted with an oak and painted interior throughout, oak galley worktops and solid oak trimming. The exterior of the hull has been shot blasted and a two pack acrylic paint system has been applied.
52ft x 10ft Wide Beam Lined Sailaway with a square stern and open seat rail with tiller steering. Fitted with a painted lined interior and ash bulkheads and trim. The exterior of the hull has been shot blasted and is being painted in a two pack acrylic paint system.
Please call us to arrange an appointment to visit us and see these boats in progress or just pop along to our open day on Saturday 25th June.
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