Testimonials
Gypsy Witch
"Thank you for all your hardwork and such an incredible fit out, you involved me every step of the way to ensure I was truly happy with everything. I love the clever use of space, inventive storage solutions and high standard of workmanship.

Such a friendly and professional service, I will be back.

You've made my dream a reality."

Luna

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Semington Dock
Lock House
545 Canal Bridge
Semington
BA14 6JT
Telephone:
01380 870654

Registered in England. Company number: 7537747
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Narrow boat Ivy
"Narrow boat Ivy, came in for a hull survey.

Very pleased on all levels with the service here. Friendly, efficient people. A service of a professional organised team handling it all, which gave me a strong sense of confidence in the place. I had several prospective buyers viewing the survey and there was excellent attention to visitor safety in a workplace with many potential hazards. A really reliable outfit. Charles Riley too, top surveyor, skilled, professional thorough and willing to share his experience.

Thank everyone."


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Boomshanka
"Amazing!  Wonderful quality of work throughout,  Very accommodating and friendly staff who kept us well informed and up to date.  Highly skilled professional team.  Couldn't believe how good the boat looked!"

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Dizzy Izzy
"What a great team - extremely efficient, helpful and wonderful service.  Thank you for the fantastic work done on Dizzy Izzy."

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Rosie
"A radical overhaul done to a superb standard by a great team.  I have more to do.  I won't be going anywhere else to have it done."

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Merlin
"Absolutely fantastic really, really pleased with the standard of work done on my narrow boat Merlin over this autumn.  I will be back to continue with the other jobs that need doing!  Alison Pitcairn"

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Flint
"For a novice such as myself, I’m so grateful to have had Ian and his team at Semington Dock work on my Dutch barge. They are knowledgable, friendly and really reasonable with pricing. The quality of work that they completed is of the highest standard (as reported by people with much more experience than I do. I can’t recommend them highly enough for all works, minor or major."
Candy Girl
"Excellent job, very pleased, will recommend your work to anybody. Thanks Bob and Jim"

Excellent friendly service - Thank you so much Semington! I will be back. Jess - Jenny May"


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Galadriel
"Thank you all, very professional team and we will be back. George and Sue

Thanks Ian & the team for a great service, fantastic facility and good value for money, will definitely recommend this to all. Its been a pleasure. Thanks  John and Mandy

Very helpful and great work carried out on boat. Thanks guys  Toni Lousia May

Very much enjoyed our stay in the human zoo! Thanks for you TLC  of Ella May she looks damn sexy now!"


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Narrow boat Ivy (came in for a hull survey)
"Very pleased on all levels with the service here.  Friendly, efficient people.  A service of a professional organised team handling it all, which gave me a strong sense of confidence in the place.  I had several prospective buyers viewing the survey and there was excellent attention to visitor safety in a workplace with many potential hazards.  A really reliable outfit.  Charles Riley too, top surveyor, skilled, professional thorough and willing to share his experience.  Thank everyone."

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Cresida and Jonah   'Capella'
We arrived arse first out of the lock in the gloaming on a thursday night.  Ian appeared from the fading light of the dock like a kind faced shepherd, in the kind of novels where kind faced shepherds pop into your life, and patiently patiently answer all your questions.  He helped rope us in which was just as well as Capella is a magnificent whale of a boat and we were trying to pole her off the claggy puddling clay which wasn't working...

Then, as an exemplary host, he took us on a tour of the rural idyll in which we would be spending the weekend.  Ian and Liz have a paddock with lolloping rare bread pigs which they raise and convert to protein of the most delicious order.  Not only this!  There are also chickens and ducks, who provide real eggs for breakfast.  The kind of eggs that we city folks think we are buying from farmers markets but aren't.  There are also hedges of honeysuckle round the lock house, and, this being England, several varieties of weather.

We were here at Semington Dock to have a survey done and complete the purchase of this converted historic butty, who is so ancient and lovely that she lives in the memories of boat folks all over the country.  We were nervous, and also new owners, (although not new boaters), and instead of exuding the impatient and frankly toxic rudeness that we have come to expect from London boat yards.  Ian and the whole team were swift, professional, and brimming with advice.  The blacking was thoroughly blasted off by Jeff.  The surveyor was amazed at his thoroughness. (Jeff also spends time rescuing small fish with a death wish).  When a hole was found in the hull it was fixed then and there!  We had clear and knowledgable advice on blacking.  When we needed things they appeared.

This is a real family business, and we felt so happy with the support that we will spend the ten day voyage from the Paddington Arm just to catch up with them, and use these clean and well maintained dry docks again.

Also, the ode-worthy bacon.  See you anon, lovely humans.

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Great Swan
Thank you for email. Hope you enjoyed your holiday.  Apologies for tardy reply - have been away myself. The GREAT SWAN passed the Survey therefore we have bought her. I am sure we will be calling on your services sometime in the future - you do have high ratings from the canal boat fraternity! 

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Busy Bee
We would like to thank you for making the stove, chimney and surrounding area safe for us.
Also please send our thanks to Tony and Mark who worked in a very professional manner at all times.
With the insulated flue we are finding our stove much easier to control than with single skin pipe, clean and we are using less fuel.
Feel free to use any of the pictures of our boat before and after.
Hilary and Richard

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Milliebelle
Thanks once again for everything. Your staff are fantastic. I wish them all the very best .
Phill

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Swallowtail
Hi Ian lovely to hear from you we were moored just below the bridge below your place for a few days this week, came round to get some eggs,but the sign said you had sold out and we didn’t like to disturb you. As for the batteries they are working brilliantly, couldn’t be more pleased when we went away for a week at Xmas the freezer was still frozen when we got back. We are on our way up to Reading at the moment and later up to Oxford all I can say is thank you for all your help last year and when we get round this way again we will make sure to drop in.
Best regards Nigel 


NB Cirrus
"Massive thank you for all your work on our boat Cirrus. The boat is looking great and we won't hesitate to call if we need further work in the future Thanks! Sam and Char."

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Bluebell
"On finding to our shock and dismay that we needed to over plate our base plate we turned to Semington dock for help. Ian and all the highly skilled craftsmen were helpful, enormously approachable and flexible and lead us through all the work that had to be done with care. ( we also discovered that we need a considerable rewiring job and chose to have some welding to prevent water ingress into the engine bay)
At every stage we were informed, consulted and our wishes cared on.
The workmanship and attention to detail was exceptional and it is a pleasure to see that all the team were motivated by the quality of the job they were able to deliver,
I would highly recommend this dock to anyone looking for quality and costumer care, and we were happy that the pricing was competitive.
Ali and Phil."


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Admiral Storey
Following your work on the rudder Admiral Storey now tracks straight and true and self centres (never done that before). Many thanks to you and the team for their exemplary work and best wishes for the future. Neil and Kim.


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Bladu
Excellent fast service, good comms.
Thanks all Marcus

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Lady Dawn
What a lovely lot you are! Thanks so much for your hard work and expertise. We're really pleased with all the work you have done and will be back in future for sure.
Kassia and Tom

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Mickle Muckle
We love this pleasant dock and appreciate all the trusting, helpful friendly staff. We'll be back
Marcus and Egg

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Bluebell
On finding to our shock and dismay that we needed to over plate our base plate we turned to Semington dock for help. Ian and all the highly skilled craftsmen were helpful, enormously approachable and flexible and lead us through all the work that had to be done with care. ( we also discovered that we need a considerable rewiring job and chose to have some welding to prevent water ingress into the engine bay)
At every stage we were informed, consulted and our wishes cared on.
The workmanship and attention to detail was exceptional and it is a pleasure to see that all the team were motivated by the quality of the job they were able to deliver,
I would highly recommend this dock to anyone looking for quality and customer care, and we were happy that the pricing was competitive. 
Ali and Phil