Widebeam & Narrowboat Builders

Delta Marine Services have constructed a great variety of steel wide beam boats for the continental waterways and larger British rivers. Every Delta Marine Services wide beam is unique and built to the client’s individual requirements and taste.

This allows each client to realise their own personal vision of the finished project whilst utilising the expert help, advice and experience we place at their disposal.

Quality and finish have been Delta Marine’s utmost concern since the company was formed in 1984. We do not believe in mass producing boats. The meticulous attention to fine detail and hours of craftsmanship throughout construction come together to make each of these craft elegant and very special. These barges represent the leading edge in luxury inland waterways vessels.

Each design is typically based on a traditional cargo vessel such as the Dutch Luxemotor, Dutch Tjalk, Thames sailing barge or a wide beam version of the classic British Narrowboat, although we can build to any design and to any size.

The skill in our brushed paintwork is reflected in the characteristic shine and smooth finish.  Delta Marine Services refuse to use cheaper low quality paints. As standard practice, the steel hull is coated in zinc phosphate anti-corrosion primer with finishing coats of International two-pack epoxy resin to the lower hull and synthetic coach enamel to the upper coachworks. Non-slip surfacing is applied to the gunwales and cabin roofs.

Every craft can be tailored to the client’s individual technical requirements and cruising ambitions. Each barge can be fitted with a bow thruster to complement the main drive system with a choice of engines, a selection of modern navigational devices in addition to the mandatory lights, horn and other equipment.

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Delta Marine Services have been building traditional style narrowboats since the company was formed in 1984. The narrowboat today is a direct descendant of the working boats that plied the English canal system from its creation in 1765. The hull shape has undergone two hundred and fifty years of refinement to create a boat that can slice through the water with the minimum of fuel consumption.

Today we continue to develop this long tradition of efficiency, combined with quality materials and the Delta Marine standard of craftsmanship.

We can build a narrowboat to any length or style and with whatever gauge of steel the client requires. Our narrowboats are all constructed from shipbuilding 43A grade steel and typically have 10mm thick base plate, 6mm sides and 5mm superstructure.

We protect all the steel with zinc phosphate anti corrosion primer, the hull with International two-pack epoxy resin and the upper coachworks are in synthetic coach enamel high gloss. Each boat is fitted with all the necessary equipment including sacrificial anodes for its cruising waters.

The finish and decor are an opportunity for the client to create an individual and highly personal creation whilst retaining traditional designs, patterns and motifs.

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