Narrowboat Refurbishment Workshop and Wise Lifting
Construction has started of the purpose built 9,000 sq ft Narrowboat Maintenance and Repair Workshop, wharf and boat lift, which we expect to be completed Spring 2018.
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Narrowboat Refurbishment Workshop and Wise Lifting Hoist

Exciting New Facilities Coming Spring 2018....

We are very excited to announce plans to develop an area at Whilton Marina to facilitate a new working environment for our engineering and welding teams. Construction has already started of the purpose built 9,000 sq ft Narrowboat Maintenance and Repair Workshop, wharf and boat lift, which we expect to be completed Spring 2018.

The new workshop will be capable of holding three 70ft narrowboats simultaneously for maintenance works. It will be fully equipped for the undertaking of works to new and used narrowboats or widebeams; to include stern tube renewal, new window installations, renewal of gas lockers, wiring, painting, engine installations, hull replating and refurbishment works and will enable us to work on narrow boats out of the water and under cover.

We are expecting delivery of our brand new Wise 40 tonne motorised Hoist which will be used to lift and transport the widebeam or narrowboat into the new refurbishment workshop (see photograph below of a similar hoist) It is capable of lifting 40 tonnes and up to 72ft long x 12 ft wide boats, with four wheel steering.

A new wharf is also being constructed to allow the Wise Hoist to manoeuvre over the water and lift out narrowboats when surveys are required. This will enable us to react a lot more quickly to our demands on site, which will speed up the sales process.

This significant investment is designed to strengthen our position and commitment as the Number One UK sales outlet for used narrowboats. We will be investing £900,000 in the new facilities, wharf and boat lift, showing that we are confident about our future in narrowboat sales and the future of our marina.   

The new workshop, wharf and boat lifting facility once completed will hugely assist our customers through the narrowboat buying and selling their process, and make us one of the most successful one-stop shops on the canal network, where you can buy a narrow boat, moor it, maintain and repair it, and if you need to sell your narrow boat on, we can sell it for you on brokerage, offer you cash for your boat or part exchange with another boat from either of our marinas.

We will Keep you up to date with the work on our new facility by posting updates as the work progresses on this page. See the most recent photographs of the progress below:

This plan identifies the new wharf, the hoist and the workshop on site.

Monday 26th October 2017, work has started on de-watering ready for constructing the new narrowboat lifting wharf, see our videos below;


Work on the new narrowboat lifting wharf is coming on and should be completed very shortly, below are the latest photographs.

New work shop being built.

New workshop with a completed roof.

The side is on, and the roller shutter doors being fitted.

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