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.