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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