Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

JD Nar­row­boats con­sists of Darron How­ell, who co-founded the busi­ness in 2003, and Andy Darken (pictured), who joined the firm about ten years ago, at about the same time as it moved to a canal­side yard on the Trent and Mersey in Shard­low.

Darron is the firm’s fab­ri­ca­tor - in fact, he de­signs the hulls as well as building them. He pro­duces one a month, with many sold as sail­aways to peo­ple who want to fit out their own boat. There’s a choice of trad, semi-trad, or cruiser, which can either have the elip­ti­cal stern seen here squarer de­sign. The boats can be com­pleted to any stage, depend­ing on how much you want to do your­self.

Andy is in charge of the fitouts, of which JD com­pletes about three a year, all of them be­spoke. The firm em­ploys a hand­ful of staff to help with the work.

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