Simpson
Boatbuilding & Engineering,
Cumbria

We love classic and traditional boats, and being in the heart of an area synonymous with maritime heritage we have a large and varied experience of wooden, steel and resin moulded vessels to draw on.

Whether working from the drawing board, from an existing design or rebuilding an existing boat we can provide a detailed and comprehensive approach to building you the boat you've been dreaming about.

We specialise in traditional lake and river boats with a particular specialization in steam powered boats, with lots of experience in wooden launches and small sailing dinghies- we are, after all, placed at the estuary of the two rivers draining the lakes that provided Arthur Ransom with all the inspiration required to write Swallows & Amazons.

We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients and before we take any tools to timber we like to start every project with discussions about your exact requirements and how we can tailor your boat to suit you- in our experience it's the little things that make your boat special.

One of the really nice things about boatbuilding in Cumbria is that we can use the local timber. We had some Larch felled near Coniston recently and the trees have an absolutely beautiful grain which you can see in these photos. The site is very sensitively managed and taking these trees is done in a way which benefits the woodland by carefully controlling the density of the trees so that even parameters like the light level down to the woodland floor are part of the management process.

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