What We Do

Boating Leisure Services build award winning, high quality, luxurious, narrow boats and provide a comprehensive range of maintenance services to keep your boat in prime condition.

We carry out electrical and mechanical servicing, repairs and upgrades, carpentry and painting, and provide Boat Safety Scheme testing.

We take pride in a our work, be that building a boat or looking after yours. Our goal is to provide a service that is second to none at a reasonable price and take the view that “good enough” is not – it has to be right.


Boating Leisure Services provide everything you need to keep your boat in peak performance, looking good, and – most importantly – safe.

We carry out electrical and mechanical servicing, repairs, and upgrades, carpentry and painting, and provide Boat Safety Scheme testing.

If your boat needs to comes out of the water we slip it using our unique trailer which supports your boat; it’s quicker and safer for your boat than lifting by crane. Where necessary, work on your boat will be carried out in our workshop.

We will give you an estimate for the work to be carried out. If we find something that needs doing in addition we will contact you and discuss how to proceed.

Company History

Boating Leisure Services has been maintaining boats since 1998 when Gary Manning founded the company to provide on-site servicing for boats – something we still do today; Gary was joined by Dave Flower in 2003. In 2010 Boating Leisure Services took workshop space at Heyford Marina; adding the marina’s boats to our customer base.

In 2012 the marina owners began a narrow boat build – Midnight Trace – employing Boating Leisure Services to install the engine and electrical systems. Finished to a high standard, Midnight Trace went on to take 2nd place as Favourite Boat at the 2013 Crick Boat Show.

After Midnight Trace it was decided that Boating Leisure Services would take on future builds and in 2013/14 we built Shackleton; she won the Favourite Boat Award at the 2014 Crick Boat Show and sold at the show. In 2014/15 we built Columbus, which like Shackleton incorporated new technology and novel features to make life on board luxurious and was finished to the same high standards; Columbus won the Favourite Boat Award at the 2015 Crick Boat Show.

In 2015/2016 we built two commissioned boats, Serendipity and Silver Melody; both building on our previous experience to provide the highest quality and luxury. The owners of Silver Melody kindly allowed us to show her at the 2016 Crick Boat Show where she was voted Favourite Boat – an unprecedented 3rd consecutive year for us; no other boat builder has won this prestigious award three years running.

Since 2016, Boating Leisure Services has continued to build high quality, customer specific, award winning boats. Success was again achieved in 2019 when Two Hoots won best boat in show at Crick that year.


Two Hoots Favourite Boat Crick Boat Show 2019 Silver Melody Favourite Boat Crick Boat Show 2016 Columbus Favourite Boat Crick Boat Show 2015 Shackleton Favourite Boat Crick Boat Show 2014

Our Address

Boating Leisure Services Heyford Fields Marina Bugbrooke Road Nether Heyford Northamptonshire NN7 3NP T: 01604 833599 M: 07970 746156 E: [email protected]

On Site

Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm

Registered Office

Maynard Heady Matrix House 12-16 Lionel Road Canvey Island Essex SS8 9DE


Boating Leisure Services Ltd registered in England and Wales Registration number 08521882 VAT number: GB 167 3262 02