New On Site Narrowboat Maintenance Workshop and Wise 40 tonne Boat Lifting Hoist Coming Soon...
We are very excited to announce plans to improve our narrow boat refurbishment facilities at Whilton Marina. Construction has already started of the purpose built 9,000 sq ft Narrowboat Mainitenance and Repair Workshop, the new wharf and boat lift, which will facilitate an improved working environment for our engineering and welding teams. We expect the new development to be completed in Spring 2018.
The new workshop will be capable of holding three 70ft narrow boats simultaneously for maintenance works. It will be fully equipped for the undertaking of works on new and used canal boats and widebeamed boats; to include stern tube renewal, new window installations, renewal of gas lockers, wiring, painting, engine installtions and repairs, hull replating and refurbishment works and will enable our engineers and welders to work on narrowboats out of the water and under cover.
We have ordered a Brand New Wise 40 tonne motorised hoist ( see photograph below of a similar hoist) capable of lifting 40 tonnes and up to 12ft wide boats, with four wheel steering, which can be used to transport the narrow boats, or widebeams out of the water and move them into the new workshop for maintenance or repair purposes.
A new wharf is 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 facility is designed to strengthen our position as the Number One UK sales outlet for used narrowboats, making us one of the most successful one-stop shops on the canal network, where you can buy a narrowboat, moor it, maintain and repair it, and if you need to sell your narrowboat on, we can sell it for you too!
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 workshop, wharf and boat lift, showing that we are confident about our future in narrowboat sales and the future of our marina.
The new workshop and boat lifting facility, once completed will hugely assist our customers through the narrowboat buying and selling process. It will add another fantastic facility to our already well equipped marina, which already has a floating dock and wet dock, plus two slip ways, a narrowboat showroom and office, plus on site chandlery shop and cafe.
To follow the progress of the building of the new facilities see our Narrowboat Maintenance Workshop page.