Centenary boat build

Published: Monday, 02 August 2010

AQUA Narrowboats based at Mercia Marina on the Trent & Mersey Canal has been commissioned to undertake the fit-out of the 100th shell built by Graham Edgson of Norton Canes Boatbuilders.

The owners of the new shell, Jan & John Callender, who already own a narrowboat moored at Mercia, approached Aqua Narrowboats over a year ago to discuss the fit-out project.

Justin Hudson-Oldroyd owner of Aqua Narrowboats tells us:

"Jan & John have seen our business progress since expanding into the workshop at Mercia in 2008. Impressed with the quality of our fit-outs, they approached us to become involved in the project. We were thrilled to have been asked to be part of this special boat built by such a prestigious builder as Norton Canes and we're confident that our team will produce a top quality fit-out to match such a top quality hull."

The boat, named Honesty, designed by the owners, will feature many traditional elements such as a full boatman's cabin, but will also incorporate more modern technology with the hydraulically driven propeller and LED lighting throughout.

Graham Edgson owner of Norton Canes Boatbuilders enthused:

"I'm very proud to have built my 100th boat for Norton Canes and it was a pleasure to have built it for such knowledgeable customers as Jan & John. It is important to have a good relationship with your customers as you are building their dream. I look forward to watching Aqua Narrowboats completing the build of Honesty".

The fit-out of narrowboat Honesty can be followed on Aqua Narrowboats  blog which will document the step by step progress of all the interior fit-out work carried out by the company. The blog can be found at;