Customer feedback on Buying a Narrowboat

What Our Customers Say about their experience of Buying A Narrowboat From Whilton Marina

We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, and always do our best help our customers have a positive experience when buying a narrowboat through our brokerage services.  So it is always lovely when our customers write in to thank us.  Below are some customer testimonials that we have received since 2011.  We will keep adding more as we get them.

Customer Testimonials

Google Review - 2nd November 2020

 Google Review - 17th May 2021 

3rd August 2020 - Google review from Tracy Bowen

'We have stayed at Whilton Marina over the past 4 months during lockdown and I can honestly say the staff are just brilliant, helpful, professional and friendly. We have bought boats from them and they have helped us all the way they were brilliant and if we had any questions they were answered i recommend if wanting to buy a boat then go to Whilton Marina.The community are fantastic and we have made some wonderful friends for life. Also the chandlery sell everything you need for your boat and the staff are great next door is a cafe where they sell various food and drinks. We left Whilton yesterday to explore and start a journey but we would definitely return to Whilton Marina.

27th July 2020 - Goggle review from Tony Hopcroft 

'Got our first b oat recently and the team at Whilton are second to none in my opinion, was looking around for a few months before we found the boat we wanted, Harvey and the rest of the team have gone above and beyond and are still always there to give us help and advice when we need it, would highly recommend Whilton Marina to anyone looking to buy a narrowboat.'

18th June 2020 - Google review from Ian Case 

'Its not always the boats but the reception and advice from the sales team that can make the whole buying process such a pleasing experience.
On both counts i struck gold,my salesman Harvey went to extraordinary lengths, answering phone countless questions, advising and keeping me informed during the whole process.
The whole team at Whilton have been first class but especially Harvey in the sales room,Matt and Steve from the yard and not forgetting the mentioned the king of blacking Chris.'

June 2020 - Google review from Jack Renders who purchased his first narrowboat from us:

"If you are looking to buy a narrowboat - buy it from Whilton Marina! Rob has been fantastic throughout the whole process and exactly who you want to buy your first boat from. They have been honest, friendly and not all pushy. Any questions we had were answered very promptly. Thank you! The boat had been surveyed and blacked a few weeks before at the marina - two things you usually have to pay for and arrange at your own expense with a private purchase. The chandlery on site were also very helpful- making sure we had all the right kit and fuel before setting off (as well as the fridge well stocked with beer) We had a beautiful trip down taking the boat back to the smoke - it took 7 days but we were starting at 8am and finishing at 6pm without stopping for breaks. In hindsight, allowing 10-12 days would have been a bit more relaxing. The Grand Union Canal and the Midlands is beautiful and I never knew it existed. I would love to return one day (hopefully working remotely) as well as explore the rest of the UK canal network! Thank you Rob and everyone at Whilton Marina.

March 2020 - Our lovely customers Brian and Denise have created a YouTube VLOG on their recent purchase of narrowboat Pastorale from Whilton Marina,check out their latest video below: 

6th March 2020 - Google Review from Pol Little who purchased a narrowboat from Whilton Marina.

"What a great experience buying this boat has been. Everyone concerned including the shop giving us information has been super helpful, and other outside enquiries about boat related things. Speak very highly of Whilton Marina. What a pleasure and they are very obliging too."

9th February 2020 - Google Review from Neil Collinson who purchased his first narrowboat called 'Huami' from Whilton Marina:

"Whilton Marina an unbelievable experience. I was not back in the UK yet so I subscribed to a few marinas in the hope of finding a boat and immediately I was impressed by the variety and selection of boats at Whilton Marina. On arriving back in the UK, I decided to go and take a look as their policy is to allow you to take three keys and to go and look at the boats on your own. No sales pressure of someone walking around with you, yet after looking around they were available to ask each and every question that I had and I also appreciated their unbiased advice. I felt very welcome from my first meeting with Whilton Marina and being a complete “newbie”, I was able to ask and get answered all the questions that I had prepared. My first 3 viewings were not exactly what I was looking for but I was advised to go and take a look at another boat who they had known from new, so after a complimentary coffee and a bacon sandwich at their cafe (very nice!), I went to see the boat and within minutes I had decided it was the boat for me. I confirmed my interest and after paying a deposit the boat (my boat!) was taken off the market. I was advised about a survey, blacking and acquiring a safety certificate and Whilton offered to do these at their expense which was very much appreciated. I am now “on board” and am very pleased with my new boat “huami” and I continue to be amazed at the after sales service that Whilton offer. The highest recommendation I have ever given. Thank you. Neil Collinson"

1st February 2020 - Google Review from Gavin Rand who purchased his first narrowboat from Whilton Marina.

'The guys at Whilton were so helpful to me when I bought my first boat. Their expertise has been invaluable from start to finish. Special thanks to Andy!'

28th November 2019 -Google Review from Roy King

'Being a complete novice I really appreciated the support fromthe guys at Whilton in finding the right boat for me, the ease of the purchase process and subsequent support in getting to grips with my boat, transporting it to my new marina, advice on important aspects of living on the water and subsequent sale back to Whilton. All was made extremely easy from start to finish and everybody I spoke to there, without exception, could not have done anymore to have made it a wonderful experience. Fully recommend this marina for anything from boat purchase and sale to full support and advice' Roy King

14th October 2019 - Google Review from Claire Warhurst 

'Whilton really made our buying experience a pleasure. As new boaters they were patient and always obliging. We cannot recommend them highly enough.' 

12th October 2019 - Facebook Review from Sarah Bryant 

'We can't praise the staff at Whilton enough - We got plenty of hassle free viewing and advice before we bought our first narrowboat and that continued after the sale with hints, tips & technical help. Nothing was too much trouble for the sales team or workshop guys - particular thanks to Harvey, Andy, Steve, Chris & Sam. Also a thanks to the Chandlery staff, all in the cafe and the residents who all made the beginning of our adventure a little easier and stress free. Highly Recommended!'

September 2019 - Google Review from  Jan Reap

'Absolutely superb, the best buying experience and after care I'ce experienced ever, our sale was handled by Jon who was impeccable, as are all the sales staff, everything was explained in detail, in terms we could understand being newbies to life on the cut, and still to this day six months after the sale, they continue to help and guide us, if you are new to narrow boats, this is the place to go, take their advice, you won't get better guidance anywhere from finance to navigating your new boat, these guys so it all, buying a narrow boat is a considerable purchase you need to get it right first time, be assured you're in good hands here.'

24th August 2019 -Facebook Review Peter Yexley

'I purchased my first narrowboat from Whilton a few weeks ago and firstly was impressed by their sales ethic and wealth of knowledge.
Some remedial work was required and the team at Whilton carried out the work to an exceptional standard,
Nothing seems to be too much trouble and there's always someone available to provide professional advice.'

2 August 2019 - facebook review from Jules Holbrook who bought their first boat from us.

'Fantastically helpful, never pushy. We were buying our first boat, so complete newbies and they always had time for my questions. Really friendly and professionsal.

August 2019 - Google review from Judith Tebbutt the mother of purchaser Callum Tebbutt who bought narrowboat Violet Rose

'Our son Callum has just purchased a narrowboat from Whilton Marina and I cannot praise Andy and the rest of the team high enough for all their help. The boat did need work doing on it and this has all been completed with lots of communication to keep us informed of progress. We have spent time decorating the boat and always feel welcome. Nothing has been too much trouble, customer service in this day and age it is good to see, thanks Andy you are a star.'

29th July 2019 - Facebook review from Lauren Katie 

'A big thank you to John and the rest of the Whilton team who helped make our first boat sale a dream!
When we found out that by buying our boat through them meant any work that needed to be completed to make it insurable would be covered by them at no extra cost, this made us feel confident to know our purchase would be safe.
They ended up rewiring the boat for us and carried out lots of other works including organising with the gas man to catch up with us so that we could get going with our journey back to London.
They made a quick turn around with everything and we’re really happy with our buy and the follow up service we are receiving. Any query we have they are quick to pick up the phone and make sure we know what we are doing.
If you are like us and need some help with purchasing your first live abroad I would definitely recommend! X'

15th July 2019 - Facebook review from Tuomas Ketola who bought a narrowboat from us;

'just had the pleasure of buying a boat from Whilton Marina last week and I must say that I have never had such good service when buying anything. The sales representative Jon went above and beyond with every part of the buying process and had great advice at every turn. The repairs on the boat were done quickly on it and he was happy to answer any questions I had. Could not recommend this place more.'

1st July 2019 - Google review from Jason Whetton

'Called in to look at a couple of boats that had taken the eye of my wide whilst she was online hunting, nice greeting and very helpful, so many boats so need more than one visit. will be returning'

30th June 2019 - Google Review from Gary Reay

'I can only say the staff and location are excellent.. I purchased a narrow boat from them. The service was superb. Great customer service. Advice and guidance all the time. I can only say go and find out. Superb'

24th June 2019 - Google Review from Alex Lay 

'Brilliant service and extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff, in particular Jon who helped and advised us through the whole process of buying our first boat and remained patient with mine and my partners constant calls and questions.Also very efficient in sorting out all of the work needed for the boat to pass its survey. Thanks for everything guys!'

9th October 2018 - Google Review From E Hilton

'Just bought our perfect boat from Whilton Marina, Jon has been extremely helpful and ensured our purchase was hassle and stressfree, highly recommend Whilton Marina. Thank you Jon for all your help'

25th September 2018 - Email from owners of Caretta

It’s a few weeks since we sailed Caretta away to her new Moorings at Dunchurch  Pools Marina after staying at Whilton Marina for a little while 

We would like to say to you all at Whilton a big Thank You.

You may remember we popped over to Whilton for a bacon butty and saw Caretta and the rest as they say is history as within two weeks we owned her  

So Thank you to The Cafe for the bacon butty. Thank you to the Sales Team for the quick purchase. Thank you to your carpenter and engineers for their work on the blacking, engine service and odd bit of work you did for us. Thank you to the chandler for the bits and bobs 

We will always recommend you all to anyone looking for a boat. 

Hopefully we will have many happy years of boating on Caretta 

With our very best wishes to you all

Angela and Alan'

 11th September 2018 - Email from Derek & Lise 

'Hi Fred landed back in Norway and still interested ; more so, in dealing with you guys . We found the meeting was Very helpful and great advice given. We’ve a lot to learn we realise but still determined . I’ve registered now on your search engine and will stay in Touch Kind regards Derek and Lise'

15th May 2018 - Amazon delivery of 12 Beers from Andrew Watson owner of Tsanna 

'All at Whilton - Just to say thank you so much for all your help last year. All the best Tony, Helen, Joe and all who sail on Tsanna'

May 2018 - Thank you card from Tom Ellis owner of WOL

'Thank you to everyone at Whilton Marina for your friendliness and generosity for the buying and fitting out of my fine boat,
it may be may but its Christmas for me , Very best wishes Tom Ellis'

April 2018 - Thank you car from Karen and Rick owners of Jasz 

'To Fred and the team, Thank you for all your help, From Karen and Rick.'

26th April 2018 - Email sent from Lee Hathaway owner of widebeam Tranquillity 

'Hi Jon,
I collected the boat earlier today and am now on the move down to Berkhamsted.
I just wanted to send you a message to say a huge thank you to yourself, Fred, Peter and all the team there at the marina. 
The service and hospitality we have received has been second to none. 
In a world full of automated replies, outsourced customer service, and mediocrity being ok...its an absolute delight to deal with a company that still take pride in what they do.
Many thanks 
Lee Hathaway'

28th March 2018 - Facebook message from Catherine Devenish

'Hi threre, We would like to thank you very much indeed for all your help and support whilst we bough NB Violet May from you. You were always endlessly helpful and very fair in the post sales work that you did for us.The boat came to us in immaculate condition with absolutely everything working, engine service ect ect. You also helped us by winterising it for us until we were finally able to take it away. Thank you once again - we highly recommend you!'

 02 February 2018 - Email From Alan Davis 

'Dear Fred, I wanted to thank you very much for your assistance in purchasing NB Paula, your help was greatly appreciated.'

30 November 2017 - Facebook post from Gwynne & Sue Watkins. 

'What a great company. Many,many thanks to Adrian, Fred, Graham and Becky for their professionalism and directing us to the marinas cafe. Will be back to visit you soon. Best wishes Gwynne and Sue'  

2nd November 2017- Google review from Julie Kendrick-Finn.

'This is a nice clean Marina. It has a great cafe, reasonable prices and value for money with friendly service. The chandlery is well stocked with little bits you might need to keep your boat in good running order & has staff that are not only helpful but practical and have a real good knowledge of the canal & narrow boats. in the sales office all the boats for sale are well documented & staff are knowledgeable & helpful. There are lots of boats of all shapes and sized for sale and enough selection to fit any ones pocket. From a reasonably cheap doer upper to a top of the range. You name it, they'v got it. There plenty of parking (free) and there is also a public toilet' 

19th October 2017 - Thank You card from Karen and Richard Smalley

'we would like the say thank you for your help purchasing montecristo, and for sorting the gear box problem. 
Many thanks from Karen and Richard Smalley'

17th August 2017 - Google Review from Flicx UK

'Thanks to all the staff at Whilton marina for a very easy well organised sales process when we bought our boat in August 2017. 
I have no hesitation in recommending Whilton Marina if you are considering buying a boat!'

29th April 2017 - Email from Darren Kirton owner of Narrow Boat Northern Soul

'Hi Jon
Now we have departed and spent some quality time on Northern Soul, I wanted to email to express my heartfelt thanks to yourself and everyone involved for the handling of the sale and sorting issues which inevitably come with purchase of any used boat. 
The team at Whilton are excellent - thoroughly professional, understanding and with an attitude to service which is credit to the business. 
I would recommend to anyone who is wanting to buy or sell a boat to do it through Whilton Marina - I cannot praise you highly enough' 

13th March - Owner of narrow boat Sarah D

'Hello Fred,Thank you to you and all the staff that have helped me get reacquainted with living aboard a boat. I could not have had better support.'

24th Febuary 2017 - Whilton couldn’t do enough to make our dream a reality
A blog Review from the owners of Fantine.  

See review below or follow Fantines blog  

'Now that everything is final we thought it was high time we did a write up on all the wonderful people who helped us on the journey to buying our boat.

The Three Angels That Made our Narrow Home Possible (Kind of)

So throughout our posts we let you know we were buying our boat through a Brokerage. That brokerage was Whilton Marina, and honestly they were great. The first time we went they allowed us to take the keys to of many of the boats as we wanted, which paid dividends in helping us to determine what we did and didn’t want. When our lovely Narrow Home found us Jon (Disclaimer: Despite being an Angel he does not resemble any of the above) at Whilton couldn’t do enough to make our dream a reality.

The process with them was super simple, even though we brought through finance which does make things slightly more complex. When we expressed an interest in our boat they talked us through everything.

So as we were looking to buy through finance the first step was to secure our loan in principle, to ensure that, should the mighty boat buying gods be with us, we would be able to complete. Keep your eyes peeled for Charlie’s Angel 2!

Once this is in place the offering process started and James got his best wheeler dealer on.

Woohoo offer accepted now time to  place the deposit.

Now we would like to delve a bit more into this deposit malarkey. Obviously being the sensible grown ups that we are, we did a bit of research into Whilton before going any further with the purchase. Like all mature adults we took to Facebook and looked at their reviews. It seemed a lot of these reviews focused on the deposit negatively, alarm bells right? Well no not really. Of course we can only go on our experience here but the Deposit secures the boat for you, if you then decide to pull out cause actually you can’t stand the colour of the walls then you loose that. Basically if you pull out for any reason, other than a problem in the safety or insurance of the vessel you loose your money. At no time was this not made clear to us. That’s how a deposit should work, in our eyes from the minute that deposit hit their bank account no other living soul was allowed to view our boat with a view to buy her, if we had then decided to pull out, the brokerage and the vendor would have missed all that potential foot fall for the boat and the selling process is only lengthened. As such this seemed completely fair and knowing that we had found our one we proceeded. Back to the step by step guide…

Arranging your boat survey, we quickly found who we wanted to use for our survey. Handily Whilton provide you with a list of companies they regularly use. This was booked in for the following week, easy peasy.

A couple of very minor items came up on the survey which affected the issuing of the boat safety certificate … cue Angel 1 (Jon) … Whilton then went back to the vendor to advise them of what had come up, and renegotiated the price to reflect the cost of the essential repairs. Meaning that you never pay more than the offer price that is accepted!

We then paid the remaining part of our deposit and got our insurance in place.

Completion of the final loan documents and then the balance was transferred to Whilton Marina.

Meaning we are now Narrow Home Owners! We still can’t quite believe it. So we are currently waiting on the few final repairs to be made, but the transfer has meant we have time to get aboard and prep for the move aboard.

Writing the steps down like that makes what was in total a 6 week process seem a breeze, which once you get round the paperwork and the realisation that in the canal world, everything proceeds at 4mph, it really is a simple process.

Whilton, and Jon, were truly fab, as buyers go I imagine we weren’t the most straight forward, and my worried nature meant a lot of double checking and undoubtedly daft questions. All of which was met with a smile and a feeling of not being able to do enough to help you.

So if you are interested in boats, want to buy a boat or even don’t want to buy a boat, go and see these guys they’ll sell you an awesome boat, and are super-all-questions-answered-heroes.Thank you Jon and Whilton!

James & Kirsty'

8th February 2017 - Facebook post from Madeleine Stephenson buyer of narrow boat Warwickshire Lass witch she later renamed the boat to Whippet.

'I would just like the say a very big thank you to all at Whilton Marina i think your wonderful. You've twice come out and rescued me and fixed my problems. You have excellent customer service and i love you all especially Jon. xx'

16th December 2016 - Email from Terry & Di Harrison buyer of narrow boat Bosworth.

"Dear All, And a Merry Christmas to you, and a prosperous 2017, and thank you for our lovely boat Bosworth which we are both enjoying thanks to you and all your Team.Our best regards,  Terry & Di Harrison, (nb. Bosworth)."

24th November 2016 - Email from buyer of narrow boat Tinane.

"Thank you for yours and the sales team help in making the purchase of Tinane No 3 such an easy, enjoyable process!


November 2016 - Thank you card from Tracy and Dave Doughty who bought narrow boat Sapphire.

"To Jon & The Team

Thank you for all your hard work in getting Sapphire ready to start her journey home today.

To Jon, you have been amazing. Thank you for putting up with our endless emails and telephone calls. You're a credit to the Whilton Marina Team.

Once again, many thanks

Tracy and Dave Doughty, Sapphire"


July 23rd 2016 - Thank you card from Janet and Mike Dunn who bought narrowboat Benson.

"To All the staff at Whilton Marina,

Thank you so much for all your help and friendly advice. You have made the whole process of buying our first narrowboat so much easier than we thought possible!

With best wishes

Janet and Mike Dunn"

Janet and Mike Dunn sail off on their new purchase narrowboat Benson
July 3rd 2016 - A thank you card from Sue & Nigel Gray who bought narrow boat Miranda.

"Dear Whilton Team

Thanks for all your help with choosing and buying Miranda,

Best Wishes from

Sue & Nige Gray"

Sue & Nigel Gray aboard their newly purchased narrowboat Miranda

June 2016 - A very kind email from a customer who came to view boats at our marina, but didn't buy after deciding that living on a narrowboat was not for her.

"To the sales team,
I visited your marina last month to view a few narrow boats with the view to buy one.  There were none that appealed to me but I have enjoyed looking at the boats that have become available online.

I have decided against the idea of living on a boat as the lack of storage space would not be suitable for my style of living.

Thanks you for your warm welcome and profesional attention when I visited this lovely marina. I have unsubscribed from your mailing list as of now.

I wish you well in your future sales and hope you have a very busy summer season"

Kind Regards
Jocelyn Fobb

A thank you card from Laurie & Matt who were the buyers of canal boat Edina

Adrian and All Staff at Whilton Marina,
Thank you for making our dreams come true.

Laurie and Matt

A thank you card from Nigel Northcott who bought narrowboat Joan

"Many Thanks for all the advice and help  while dealing with myself during the purchase of 'Joan' please enjoy the drink.

Nigel Northcott

A lovely thank you card from the buyers of narrow boat Brandy Snap

"Thank you to everyone at Whilton Marina for all that you have done for us. You've been amazing"

All the best Lou and Co


26 April 2016 - From Eddie and Judy Stocker who bough Narrowboat Fitou

"Hello Team,
Just a note of confidence in your sales system. You may remember that we bought from you (through you) back in November last year. Yesterday I looked on your boats for sale section and noticed that you recently sold Narrowboat Presque La, we looked at that boat last year when it was for sale via another sales organisation. Your advert for it was much more straight to the point and avoided all of the flowery bits regarding gadgets and gismo's like remote controlled steering and specialised hull paint with a 10 year guarantee. We had to book an appointment to go and see the boat in the marina where it was kept, also the guide appointed to accompany us during our viewing, was certainly not a salesman "quite the opposite"

Anyhow, at the time we felt that it was a bit overpriced for what it was, hence not going for it. But seeing it now on your site (and it couldn't have been for long) and sold, just goes to show that Whilton Marina have got the strategy right. We do have a gander around on the site from time to time, hence how we know that Presque La couldn't have been with you for long. "Good on yer , Team"

Anyhow Fitou is working well, keep up the good work, hope you are all keeping well.

Eddie and Judy Stocker.

14 January 2016 - from Linda & Richard Murdin purchasers of Narrowboat One Day, who not only posted on our facebook page, but also sent us a lovely 'Thank you' card; see below:

"I would like to say I brought a narrowboamt from Whilton Marina (One Day) ... a new experience for me, and the guys have been absolutely wonderful, top marks to Adrian and John Harris, you can't fault these two guys. They have made boat buying easy, so helpful full of information, nothing too much trouble. I've lived on my boat for nearly a month... and I shall be leaving the marina shortly... I wish I could take them with me, I'm going to miss them that's for sure. We had a laugh, everyone here very friendly, the guys in the shop, the cafe, even the guys in the work shop... thank you everyone at Whilton Locks Marina ... can I take you with me... I hope my new mooring will be as friendly and welcoming as you... I recommend if you want a narrowboat buy from these guys"

"To John Harris, Adrian and Crew,
Thank you for all your support and making our stay here at Whilton worth the while - We have enjoyed our time here.
I wish I didn't have to go. (I want to come back)
Going to Miss you all :(

Linda & Richard"


Customer Testimonials 2015

25 November 2015 - Mr Brian Edwards purchaser of Narrowboat Great Escape, via Whilton Marina's facebook page

"Just brought a boat from Whilton Marina, easy transaction, helpful sales team, any and all work that needed doing was dealt with promptly, thank you Jon you were great.

We were so happy with your service, we sold our old boat through you too, again well done, sold within a month, we are very happy and would recommend you to anyone buying or selling a boat, very happy customer."

22 September 2015 - Narrowboat Queenie

To Robert and all the staff at Whilton,

Thanks you once again for an EXCELLENT service!

Pete & Mandy Tucker

The Tucker Family who bought canal boat Queenie

21 July 2015 - Narrowboat Daisy

" To everyone at Whilton Marina,
Thanks for helping us find narrowboat Daisy. We're looking forward to many years of cruising the waterways - could life be any sweeter?!

Jane & Debbie"


July 2015 - Narrowboat Rambling Rose

The buyers of narrowboat Rambling Rose said we'd help them 'Realise Their Dream' when they sent us a lovely hand made thank you card. The card said:

"To All at Whilton Marina, thank you so much!
We would like to say a huge thankyou! To everyone who helped us make our dream come true.  All done very professionally willingly and lots of smiles, Thank you!!
Martin & Sue Jordan"

see the card pictured below:

25 June 2015 - Narrowboat Bosworth

Our Sincere Thanks
to all concerned with our recent purchase of Bosworth
Your kind assistance was Very Much appreciated.

Di & Terry Harrison & Ruby

February 2015 - Narrowboat Hunky Dory

Thank you for your help and support through the past months.
Enclosed key to the showers -thank you
All good wishes

John & Julie Hunky Dory

Email received 9 January 2015 from Bev Crome the new owner of narrowboat Kestrel No7

'Hi Peter,

I hope you are well. I just wanted to drop you a quick e-mail to say thank you to everyone at Whilton Marina so much for all your patience and help during my purchase of Kestrel No 7 last month. We are happily moored up in London now, after a very pleasant journey and everything is going swimmingly. She runs (so far) like a dream and I am settled and completely thrilled with my new home.

Thanks again to everyone for all your help and support.

All the best


Customer Testimonials 2014

Email received 8 December 2014 from Bev Crome the new owner of narrowboat Kestrel No 7

Thank you Peter,

All of you at Whilton have been wonderful! Thank you so much for your help every step of the way.  So excited about my new life :-)

All the best and thanks again,


Thank you card by post October 2014 - from Trevor Smith (Supertrev) the buyer of narrow boat Spice of Life, Trevor also moored the boat at Whilton Marina for several months before moving on to new pastures.

To All the sales and service staff at Whilton Marina,

Thank you all for your help and advice following the purchase of my narrowboat Spice Of Life.
You have ALL been absolutely brilliant.

Trevor Smith

Thank you card by post August 2014 -  from the buyers of narrowboat Straight & Narrow

To you all at Whilton Marina

Many thanks for an excellent service

Pete & Mandy

By post 12th August 2014

Peter & Staff

Thank you for all your help with the purchase of Singleton.  She is a lovely boat and suits me perfectly.  I've had no major problems at all.  It's a pleasure.

Kind Regards

Craig & Cindy Howlett


By email 19th May 2014

Thank you all at Whilton Marina for the smooth process in buying Moira S. Thanks for the help and support when we picked her up, we would have struggles without it.
Thank you for the photo's too.
She is half way home, should be in Cowroast Marina by the end of the week, hope the weather lasts.
I was touched to read the message from Eddie the previous owner, would it be possible for me to have his email address as I would like to contact him and reassure him we will look after her and maybe give him regular updates if he wishes.
Many thanks again,

Customer feedback from the buyers of narrowboat Moira-S


By email 6th April 2014

Hi Guys

We recently bought Jentel Touch a 54ft trad stern from Whilton Marina.  The boat is now on a mooring at Cranfleet and we're almost reasy to live aboard!

We can't thank employees at Whilton Marina enough for all the help, kindness, and knowledge they shared with us.

Everyone in the marina was so helpful to us it was humbling and we began to already feel a warm welcome to the waterways thanks to you all.

We hold you all in the high regards, thank you for making our first boat purchase a great experience, and wish you all the best!

Warm regards

Richard and Rebekah.

customer feedback from the buyers of narrowboat Jentel Touch


 Customer Testimonials 2013


1st October 2013, by email


We now have Missy Mouse safely at her new home.

Thank you for your excellent service during the buying process.

The whole team made this a very pleasant and problem free experience.

Best Wishes

Mike & Christine Bennett


Mike and Christine Bennett collecting their new narrowboat Missy Mouse
customer feedback from the buyers of narrowboat Missy Mouse



customer feedback from the buyers on the purchase of narrowboat Mel N Coley

To everyone who has been so helpful,

We could not of wished for better people to guide us in buying our narrowboat, nothing was too much trouble.  We thank you so very much and hope one day we will see you again.

From Jean Oakley and all the family

Narrowboat Mel N Coley



customer feedback from a customer looking to purchase a narrow boat

Dear Team

I would like to thank you for all your help both in advice and allowing my wife and I to look at several boats.  We are not quite ready to purchase the boat we desire but this did not stop you from being so nice and helpful.

It is a real pleasant surprise to receive such good customer service, no hard sell, no pressure, just genuine interest in giving a good service to potential customers not just those with a pocket full of cash.....10 out of 10 for you guys.

I always look at your mailing list to see what is available.

Again many thanks

Steve and Michele Maggs



Name: David And Hazel Child

"Can you please add the following comment to your Buyers’ Customer Feedback page: We would like to congratulate Whilton Marina on this post-purchase service we received. We purchased a used boat through Whilton Marina in November last year. Since the sale went through, we suffered a couple of problems, firstly with a battery and then with the engine. We would like to say that we were extremely pleased with the service we received from the engineer, Mark, sent out from Whilton. On his first visit, he replaced a battery for us which corrected the problems we were having and he also provided us with a fair amount of advice and answers to queries that had caused us some consternation since the purchase as we were novices in the world of narrow boating. On his second visit, he spent a considerable amount of time (in very cold weather I might add) searching for the problem in connection with the engine. He returned to the marina to research the problem and returned to our boat in a couple of days with the answer that solved the problem. We found him to be very dedicated to his work and very helpful in his answers to our questions. We were most impressed with both his knowledge and his willingness to take the time to share this knowledge with us"


For Customer Feedback 2012 and before see below:


July 2012 - Customer Feedback from New Narrow boat Owner Sheila Abrams


My son, Richard Kruller, has brought a boat from you - Steadfast - and yesterday we came to give it a clean, fill it with diesel and add a few basics.

Every one of the people we came into contact with at the marina greeted us with a smile, were pleasant and helpful.  It made a huge difference to the day.

But one person above all shone out: Keith from the workshop. We apologise for taking so much of his day, but we were extremely greatful for his sensible advice and practical help - all delivered cheerfully.  He made a massive difference, and I think his advice will continue to make a difference in the years ahead.

Steadfast is not a prestigious boat (though we're pleased with her), but it's very good to see that, no matter how much or little is spent on the boat, your after sales service is excellent.

Thank you,
Sheila Abrams

Ps - apologies for this being sent from my work e-mail, as my internet connection at home has failed. My home e-mail is [this has been blocked out]


March 2012 - Customer Feedback from New Narrow boat Owner Jonathon

Dear Andy,

I am just writing to say thank you to yourself and all the staff at Whilton Marina. 

I would also like to say thanks to the guys in the workshop who gave me advice and to the guys in the shop.

I would also like to apologise for not going in and thanking all personally, as I was stuck because of the ice for two weeks and I was excited to get on my way.

Thank you for your kind words as you ran past me just as I was about to reach Braunston.

Kind regards,



For Customer Feedback 2011 and before see below:

To Everyone at Whilton Marina,

Thank you all very much for all the help and support you have given us both.  From the four years of searching to completion of the purchase of narrowboat 'Maltese Beauty' we love our new home, and hopefully she will give us years of happy cruising, once we navigate out of the marina!'

Dave and Bev Welsby, Walsall, West Midlands

Dear Sirs,

Firstly, may I say what a pleasure it has been doing business with Whilton in relation to buying the above narrow boat, which is my first one, so a difficult process. All of the staff have been so friendly and would mention specifically Claire and Adrian at Wigram where we first saw the boat. You have all made buying the boat that much easier and I commend you all on your professionalism and helpfullness.

I am sure it will not be my last dealing with Whilton and you have made my first ownership so far, a pleasing experience, thank you all.

Alan Allmond
Leighton Buzzard, By email

Can I thank you for both your help and, more importantly, your positive attitude in this matter, it made dealing with what could have been an unpleasant situation a very positive experience.

In addition, it has ensured that I have absolutely no qualms about recommending Whilton Marina to anyone!'

Mr John Gilks, Kent


I would like to thank Tony for all his hard work and patience with me on Sunday, as he explained the working of the boat, I am fairly new to the world of narrow boats and making a life style change, he went through all the working of the boat and answered my many questions, making me feel comfortable and that nothing was too much trouble, I work in retail and understand the importance of good customer service and his was excellent very natural, I am looking forward to working with your company over the next few weeks as we finalise my purchase of the boat.
Once again than you

Janice, Hertfordshire

Office Staff, aka first friendly faces at Whilton,

Thanks for all your help, time and chats!

Duncan & Nicky
Narrowboat Water Nymph

Hiya Andy,

'May I take this chance to Thanks you for all your valued information and help.  Myself and my children look forward to many happy times at Whilton Marina.'

Thank you,
L Linford, Cardiff 

Dear sirs,

I have now purchased a boat and therefore, will not need further information on boat sales. Thank you for continuing to send information,it has been most useful. Although I have not purchased from you I must congratulate your team on their friendly approach, sharing information and advice over a number of months. During the last months searching for a boat has meant visiting a number of marinas and I have to say yours was by far the most friendly and approachable.

Thank you again.

Yours sincerely
Mr M E Stevens, Loughborough

Just a quick note to advise you that our narrowboat has performed faultlessly over the last 4 days and is now permanently moored at Thrupp Wharf. Many thanks for all your assistance to a narrowboat newbie, and I would certainly recommend you to anybody wanting good VFM in the purchase of a boat. I expect to replace this narrowboat within 5 years, and will certainly bear you in mind when looking for her replacement.

Adrian Follows, Manchester

To all at Whilton Marina

I thought I should drop you a line to say thank you for your assistance in my attempted purchase of narrowboat .....

I have been grateful and impressed with the service which I received with my dealings with everyone at your Marina.  My calls were always promptly returned and dealt with in a professional manner. Thank you particularly to Tony and Andy.

I am very impressed and happy in receiving my deposit cheque so quickly when the sale sadly fell through.

I would definitely recommend you to my friends and hope to eventually find a suitable boat to purchase from you.

Your sincerely
Jeff Stamford, Essex

To All at Whilton Marina,

Thank you for making us feel very welcome at Whilton and helping us buy our first boat.

Best Wishes
Liz Roberts, Kettering

Dear Adrian

We both wish to thank you and Clare at Wigrams and all the sales and engineering staff at Whilton Marina for your friendly service with the purchase of our narrowboat.

From our initial viewing, when Rob pointed out the recent work done, to the sale with deal with you, the assistance at Whilton when we gave it a coat of blacking on the slipway to the work carried out by the engineers to put right the survey defects, the service has been outstanding.  Despite the friendly banter!

If we know of anyone looking to buy or sell a boat we will defintely recommend Whilton Marina.Could you please pass our thanks to all at Whilton.

Many Thanks.
Mr & Mrs Rufford, Stamford  


Having now reach homebase I must thank you all for the understanding and help that was given in my hour of need

Thanks you
Mr and Mrs Leitch, France

Hi Gentlemen,

Many thanks for your rapid response to my distress call yesterday.

May I re-iterate that I am very pleased with the way I have been treated by Trevor and all at Whilton & Wigrams.

I shall be vacating the berth around 09:00 on Saturday Morning with a huge grin on my face!

Thanks again
Mr Mallinson, Derbyshire

Dear Andy & all at Whilton Marina,

Thank you for a great service and support in buying our narrowboat. We made it back to Leicester in 25 hrs safely & had great fun doing so.

Yours sincerely
Jeff O'Neil, Ireland

Dear Whilton Marina,

Thank you for emailing the boats to us and the excellent service you gave to us when we visited your Marina. Fortunately for us we have now found the boat that is right for us and won't be requiring the boat details anymore. Thanks again for all your help.

Kind regards
Miss Dennerly, Staffs

Dear Andy

Many thanks for all your efforts in battling on our behalf for the sale of our new narrowboat Could you please thank Toni as well for his efforts, thank you. We got there in the end!!

Yours sincerely
F Masters, Southampton

Dear 'All at Whilton

I am writing to thank you all for your kindness and patience while we have been searching for the right narrowboat.  It has taken 6 months, but now we have found a buyer for the house and the perfect boat.  We would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone looking for a narrow boat.

Thanks again
Kind regards A Kincade, Reading

Many thanks for all the teams help during my recent purchase it has been a pleasure meeting you all and your support and advice has been great.


Kind regards
S Garfield, Edinburgh

Dear Sir,

I am sorry to inform you that I will be moving my narrowboat to another marina at the end of March.  My only reason is that the other marina is very close to where I live.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the help you gave me in purchasing my boat and the advice you gave have given me this past year

Kind Regards
Mrs S Harper, Derbyshire

It's fantastic having so many boats in one location, it makes it so convenient when looking to buy a boat.  Thank you for all your help and support during the buying process

Mr and Mrs Welsh, Runcorn

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