“The quality of their work is up there with the higher – profile boat builders, and with just one boat built over a six month period, we got 100% attention from the team.”

“Sea Glass has exceeded our wildest expectations.  She is absolutely stunning. She turns heads everywhere we go, as we proudly cruise the canals of England.  We are so pleased we trusted Narrowboats of Distinction to build her for us.”

Sea Glass/ Kevin & Catherine

Living in Australia and looking for a floating home on the English canals when back in the UK, I spent a while researching options.  However, when I hit upon James’ website for Narrowboats of Distinction, I instinctively knew that this was who I wanted to use.  Over the next 4 years we met on a number of occasions and exchanged countless emails.  The result is Passing Clouds, a testament to their craft and an amalgam of his experience and my own ideas.  The whole exercise was great fun and hugely rewarding.  So, if you are looking for somebody to listen, manage the project and create your own dream craft at an affordable price, you could not be in safer hands.
Passing Clouds/ Colin & Ali in Australia

“I purchased my 60ft narrowboat Georgia on my Mind in 2007. Even before we took delivery I was impressed by the quality of the build and the thought and consideration that had been put into the project. James was very helpful in putting his experience and advice with our requirements.

Everything, from shell through to the woods he chooses for the interior finish, is carefully selected. Once afloat, the boat draws admiration for its layout and general ambience everywhere we go.

Unlike some builders, James kept in touch and was at pains to ensure we were happy with the boat, putting right the inevitable teething problems with the minimum of fuss.

I would have no hesitation or reservations in commending James and his work to anyone thinking of a new build.”

Georgia on my Mind/ Paul MacDonald October 2011

“Are you looking to buy a boat ?

Are you a novice like we were ?

Do you want something that will be the envy of other boaters ?

If so, go to Narrowboats of Distinction Ltd.

We are the proud owners of their fifth boat built, fitted to their own unique design which cleverly balances, space, storage, and all of the modern conveniences that you would expect to fins in an apartment. But the plus is, you are free to travel the whole canal network, sit in the sun and enjoy the wildlife all year round.

The well thought out design and choice of materials has been finished by James and Sallie to a very high specification. James has always been more than happy to give advice, and has never hesitated to visit us with his toolbox to fix any teething problems.

17 months after taking receipt and having survived the worst winter in many years we sit here warm and with no regrets with our choice.”

Sweet Baby James/ Tim and Janet