Bates Boatyard and Dry Dock

Recent Work


New bottom, chine and keelson. Stem post replacement and complete new bow planking.

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Wey Barge Reliance

Restoration work for the National Trust. More information on this historical work can be found here

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Rose of York

New bottom, planking, cabin and fit out.

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New bottom boards, chine and keelson, stern, cabin and fit out. Test Run footage

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Replace the stem post and front flashes.
Article on Roger Conservation Work
Handout - Welcome to the Roger

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Maid of Oak

A New Narrowboat
Photo gallery of the stages of the build

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New bottom, stern and front flashes.

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Bustle Stern Saloon Launch Doreen

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RAF 441

Planking and frame replacement followed by West System.

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A complete restoration.

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Severn (Original build date 1937)

ex Thomas Clayton Tar Tanker, complete rebuild.

Severn at Braunston

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» New Wooden Narrowboats

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