Alexander Boat Builders welcome both trade and private enquiries.


Alexander Boats Alexander Boat Builders are a small company with a very good reputation throughout the industry for building high quality steel narrowboat shells.

Founded by Jim Sparkes who has been building boats for over 35 years. Jim has a great passion for boat building and has passed on his skills to his young workforce who are 'committed to quality'.

Jim is 'hands on' at all times and makes sure all boats are built to his required standards and would strongly recommend any prospective customer to pay a visit to our workshop to view the quality of work in progress and discuss their boat in further detail.

"An attention to detail you wouldn't find with any other builder"
- Steve Woodbine owner of narrowboat "Magic Moments"

We have a very good reputation throughout the industry for building high quality steel narrowboat shells!


Dear Jim and Team,

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Lyn and myself to thank you for making the first stage of our boat build process so enjoyable. You and your team have always accommodated us on our frequent visits, making some really good suggestions and sharing your expertise. You have contacted us between visits ifyou ever wanted to discuss any potential issues with us, and you put our minds at rest knowing that our best interests were always considered.

We would also like to thank you for taking so many interim photo's of the build progress, which has certainly filled in the missing gaps in our collection. Thank You.

Your craftsmanship, skill and professionalism have made this build a most enjoyable and easy process for us, as you have guidedus through the build process. I very much appreciated your hospitality every time I visited, making me feel very welcome.

Please will you thank your team of workers, and we hope that your business goes from strength to strength in the future and that others will be fortunate to have an Alexander shell, and that their boats will be admired as much on the cut as much as ours will be.

Thank you once again.

Yours Sincerely
Lyn and Steve Smith