About Us

Narrowboats of Distinction was established in 2007 by James and Sallie Blackburn and have been crafting high quality personalised narrowboats ever since.

Over the years James and Sally developed their own style and layout.

“There’s no doubt that its design and layout is one that will appeal to a great number of people. It’s practical – and it works.”

Canal Boat March 2012 Boat Test of Blue Haze.

We offer a comprehensive service to create personalised narrowboats designed to suit your needs. Our narrowboats are high specification using top of the range fixtures and fittings, finished to an artisan standard by the team of skilful and creative craftsman.

We pay attention to the detail and each boat can take up to 6 month to build. The workshop is located near Newark on Trent where the bare shells are transformed into beautiful boats . All the boats are fully tested and Boat Safety certified prior to hand over so it’s ready for you to cruise the charming waterway. 

Our narrowboats are suitable for living abroad as well as for fantastic holidays. Please browse the gallery to see some examples of our boats.