David Harris is one of Britain's foremost narrowboat craftsmen. He has been building steel narrowboats for 37 years.
After working at Water Travel and Bob Allen's yard, David has operated from boatyards at Alfred Matty's at Coseley, Stone, and for the past 15 years at Dadfords Ward, Stourbridge.
Steel shells are built to the exact requirements of customers, typically being copies of "Josher" and "Northwich" working boats with rivets, recessed paneling, plank groove etc. being added if required. All boats are grit blasted before painting. A full coachpainting and signwriting service is available.
Boats of all designs, tug, traditional, semi-traditional, have been built, also one narrow beam Dutch barge.
Engines installed include traditional Gardner 2&3LW, Lister JP or HA series, or the modern Beta JD3.
Fitting out work can be undertaken to any stage of completion, again to the exact customer's requirements of layout and material finish. Advice can also be given to customers who want to fit out the boat themselves.
To discuss your new narrowboat or to visit Dadford's Warf to view the current boats being built, please contact David directly.