Fabulous New Facilities now available at Whilton Marina!
are very excited to announce that Whilton Marinas new workshop and boat lifting
facilities are now complete. We now have a fantastic new working environment
for our engineering and welding teams. Construction of the purpose built 9,000
square ft Narrowboat Maintenance and Repair Workshop, wharf and boat lift was
started at the end of summer 2017 and was finally completed in July this year
when the boat lifting hoist arrived. The project was the vision of one of our company
owners; Director Richard Steele who oversaw the project from beginning to end. He
would often look at coastal marinas while he was away on holiday, and often
dreamed of installing at boat hoist at Whilton Marina.
significant investment is designed to strengthen our position and commitment as
market leader in used narrowboat sales. We have invested £900,000 in the new facilities,
wharf and boat lift. We have also recruited several new staff members to our
engineering and works team, showing that we are confident about our future in
narrowboat sales and the future of our marina.
new workshop is capable of holding three 70ft narrowboats simultaneously for
maintenance and repair purposes. It is fully equipped for the undertaking of
works to new and used steel narrowboats or widebeams; to include stern tube
renewal, new window installations, renewal of gas lockers, wiring, painting,
engine installations, hull replating and refurbishment works. Where previously
our welding team worked under a canopy outside, this superb new workshop will
enable our welding teams and engineers to work on boats out of the water and
under cover in a purpose built working environment.
The new facilities will
compliment our other on site facilities of floating covered workshop, covered
dock and two slipways and put the ‘icing
on the cake’ for narrowboat repair facilities at our marina!
Our brand new Wise 40 tonne motorised Hoist has four wheel steering, which
was named Hercules, by our Crick Boat Show ‘name the crane competition’ winner Mrs Holvey,
be used to lift and transport the widebeam or narrowboat into the new
The hoist is capable of lifting 40 tonnes and up to
72ft long x 12 ft wide boats. This will speed up the process of taking boats in
and out of the water allowing for a ‘one in, one out’ approach for works
A new wharf has also been 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 boat
new workshop is now available for customers to book for the following works on
their narrowboats or widebeamed boats; pressure washing, blacking and anodes,
replating and stern gear work. Customers can contact Whilton Marina by
telephoning 01327 842577 to book (the work will be undertaken by Whilton
Marina, (no 'do it yourself' work is permitted on site)
boat lifting crane is probably the first purpose built facility of this kind on
the UK inland waterways system. It will reduce our carbon footprint as a
company because there will no longer be a necessity to have cranes travelling
to and from our site for the purpose of lifting boats out of the water.
new workshop, wharf and boat lifting facility is designed to hugely assist
our customers through the narrowboat buying and selling 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;
Whilton Marina in Northamptonshire or Venetian Marina in Cheshire.
About Whilton Marina
Whilton Marina has been buying, selling and caring for
narrow boats since 1971 and we are located at Whilton Locks near Daventry on
the Grand Union Canal.