About Us

Narrowboats of Distinction is a small business based in Nottinghamshire. It was established in 2007 by James and Sallie Blackburn and has been crafting high quality personalised narrowboats ever since.

Over the years James and Sallie have 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 Magazine March 2012 Boat Test of Blue Haze.

All our boats are overseen by James and nothing is overlooked. Each boat is built to the client’s specification using top of the range fixtures and fittings 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 have a  Boat Safety Scheme Certificate prior to hand over so they are ready for you to cruise our charming waterways. 

Our narrowboats are suitable for living aboard as well as for fantastic holidays. Please browse the gallery for examples.