Our quality ethos is based on the over-riding principle that once you have sailed away on your Northwich boat, we would, (in the nicest possible sense), rather not see you again!
That’s why we put considerable effort into ensuring that we constantly review our build processes, so that we deliver the best quality boat to you that we can.
Our sister company, Carefree Cruising, has operated a shared ownership narrowboat scheme since 2002, and has managed a total of 23 share boats. All of these share boats have been built by us.
These boats are used in all seasons, for an average of around 46 weeks per year, which equates to approximately 1,850 cruising hours per annum. When you consider that a hard worked hire boat is out only 26 weeks of the year on average, you can appreciate just how hard our shared ownership boats lives are!
Combine this with 12 different owners per boat, each with different experience levels, cruising styles and attitudes to their boat, and you’ll begin to see just how good these boats have to be to deliver consistent trouble free cruising.
The “hard life” that our share boats have also allows us to monitor how the boat build and equipment stands up to such intensive use. Any failure, no matter how small, is analysed to help improve the quality of future boat builds.
Isn’t it comforting to know that your Northwich Boat is built in the same factory, using the same processes, to the same quality standard and by the same staff as the Carefree Cruising share boats?
From laying the base plate for the shell, to the final coat of paint, all of the work on your Northwich Boat is carried out in our own factory by our own staff.
This ensures that your entire boat is built to our exacting quality standards throughout. Unlike some other boat builders, you will not hear the excuses “the shell builder can’t have handled the steel properly” or “the boat painter can’t have prepped this right”.
We use only the best equipment and materials on your boat.
Our steel is Marine Grade (to EU Standards), and is sourced from reputable quality global steel manufacturers.
Our solid wood and ply panels are sourced from FSC approved sources and are made by manufacturers who source their wood from sustainable woodlands.
Everyone who builds your Northwich Boat is a quality craftsman, who has learned their trade by serving an apprenticeship.
The quality difference that this gives us is immediately apparent when you step onto a Northwich boat. Customers often comment that our boats are “Solid” and “Extremely Well Built”.
We constantly strive to improve our boats. For example, in the important areas of insulation and ventilation, we are the market leaders.
When you make an appointment to view our boats, we will gladly take the time to explain to you why our boats are better built.