Towards the end of the 90’s I painted my first Narrowboat, that of Mr Peter Newman, the proprietor of Langley Mill Boatyard, since then I have painted literally hundreds of boats, all over the country.
I’ve always really enjoyed working on boats and have found that narrow-boaters tend to be the most lovely people, one day i hope to join them 🙂
I am a regular painter to the boatbuilders Johnathan Wilson of Sheffield, Cherilton of Shadlow, Starline of Worcester , Riverside Leisure of Ollerton, Anthony M of Mexborough and Nottingham Boatbuilders amongst others.
The average time to complete a boat is 2 weeks. No more firms taking your boat away for 8 weeks!
If your boat is in a bad way more days will be needed.
To keep overheads down, I will paint in your locality so there is less expense unless you rent space for your boat.
There is also the option of hiring a poly-tunnel locally in Nottingham to ensure a promptly painted boat.
Satisfied Customers4.6Based on 14 reviewsStuart Bailey19:09 12 Apr 21Superb job from Robert. Skilled, professional but also someone with morals who is excellent to work with. Probably... can’t be beaten for skill to cost ratio. Had asked for lots of personal touches which Robert delivered on.read moreClaire Mcaleavey09:02 02 Mar 21Robert decorated my 2 bed bungalow and was very positive hardworking and gave my home some positive words which was... lovely. Peace always Robert. Thanks.read moreQuentin Jones15:43 18 Dec 20Really pleased with Robert's work - full repaint. Great attention to detail and an amazing artist. Brian is no faster... but certainly smarter !! Highly recommend.read moreJohn Morris10:07 05 Nov 20Robert has recently finished our 45 ft narrowboat. He did a great job, exactly what we wanted and the cost was nothing... like the exorbitant quotes we received from local boat painters. He is creative, very hardworking and a thoroughly nice man.read moreMorgan Carson10:15 13 Sep 20Robert painted my boat, and I'm very happy with his work, he's also an all round nice guy, probably too nice, which has... inadvertently led to me only giving him 3 stars. But a review must be honest and complete and if I'd read a full 'bones and all' review about him before hiring him, I'd probably have gone elsewhere. This shy and very talented artist works from a base at Redhill Marina, I'm very happy with what he did, although on the first side, I did ask for a small alteration to the illustration and Robert showed annoyance that I'd pointed out a mistake - but did alter it and it's much better now. When I booked it was quoted as being in a tent, which I liked coz I didn't have to worry about the weather, however, the tent was inaccessible because the marina had parked a large widebeam in front of it! Robert did ask the marina to move the boat - and they refused (too much hassle was the reason given) saying couldn't he paint my boat outside? Robert accepted that without question (and without reference to me - his customer) but, day 1 was nice weather, so the first side got painted. Day 2 started with rain, Robert again asked the marina to move the widebeam, they grudgingly moved it back all of 5 foot - not remotely enough to get my 60ft boat past, and this was again accepted without question by Robert. Now you may be thinking that this is a negative review of Redhill Marina (and to be fair it *is*, Redhill Marina is a dump and access to my boat was dangerous!) but, the point here is that when working out the cost of his work, Robert includes the cost he pays for that tent, I booked for that tent, without the tent I would probably have gone elsewhere, and I am accustomed to getting what I order. So it matters to me that Robert just happily folded to the marina owners intransigence, without *any* effort to point out that he was paying to use the tent and couldn't, and without asking his customer if they minded that; subsequently he gets 3 stars instead of 5. Good artist, supremely nice guy, deserves a better workspace and ought to be seeking one.read moreGreg Owens08:32 22 Aug 20Robert occupies a valuable niche in the boat painting market IMHO, offering a professional job that can transform a... boat without going to the time-consuming and expensive extremes of a full 'back to bare metal' repaint (which is surely neither necessary nor affordable for many boat owners). The icing on the cake is the skill and flair he brings to the areas of artwork and signwriting. Not only did he successfully interpret our own ideas, he added more of his own (after the price had been agreed!) and pulled out all the stops to make sure we ended up with something truly eye-catching. All this at a price that would have been more than reasonable for a simple one- or two-colour repaint of the cabin and roof.read moreCarolyn Smith08:44 09 Aug 20Robert has done an amazing job on my narrowboat - the sign writing is perfect and I would highly recommend him. Very... reasonably priced too!read moreFrank Beevers11:28 06 Aug 20Robert has just finished our boat, and has made a very good job of it indeed. It was very tired-looking, and Robert has... transformed it. The preparation has obviously been done thoroughly, and the paint applied meticulously. The artwork and lettering is to a very high professional standard, and all at an amazing price. Robert is a serious and dedicated worker who turned our boat round in under two weeks. He is also a rarity in modern times, an ethical man who sticks to what he has promised and asked only for the quoted price. Due to a misunderstanding there was an overpayment, which was immediately returned. I have no hesitation in recommending this honest and highly skilled worker to anyone.read moreSimon Limb07:56 12 Jul 20Had a full cabin repaint and sign-writing done on my 60ft Trad Narrowboat by Robert Naghi. Both his work and work ethic... is brilliant... I am VERY happy with the end result and would highly recommend Robert to anyone.read more574291 .17:13 10 Jun 20A huge Thank You to Robert who painted our boat this week. His professionalism in the work he carry"s out is second to... none and his ideas of the colours used was fabulous. We are so pleased and will highly recommend him to others. A very talented man. Vince and Kaz.read moresharon perry07:55 07 Jun 20Robert did an excellent paint job on a very tired looking boat. He was professional and worked very hard, he completed... the job in 8 days! I would highly recommend him. His art work is fantastic. Thanks Robertread moreTamzalinaTravels17:20 06 Jan 20Robert did an outstanding job on painting our boat. He did it while we were on holiday for 10 days, and came to us, so... there was absolutely no hassle involved for us in the slightest.. Then we came home to a beautifully painted boat! Perfect! The price we paid was also incredible. It would have cost us way way more if we had of gone elsewhere. We love our new paint job and would definitely recommend Robert. He works extremely hard and gets the job done at a fraction of the cost of others ??read moreLouise Haycock08:49 07 Dec 19To say my boat was in need of a new paint job would be an understatement, Robert with his skill hard work and artistic... flair, totally renovated the exteria of my boat . He worked long hours and bl* *dy hard to accomplish the finnish he achieved . I had been quoted 3 X the price he charged by 2 other boat painters . I am extremely pleased with both the workmanship and cost. His hard work has increased the value of my boat.read more