About Us

Hand crafted boating excellence built from the water up


Our business marries Rob Howdle‘s 30 years of experience in Industrial Automation with his brother Dave Howdle‘s 20 years experience of building boats for Black Prince Holidays.  Dave overseas our boat building team who have extensive knowledge of how to build reliable, low maintenance, high quality boats.  Caroline Badger (Rob’s other half) is a qualified Management Accountant and has overseen the running of the parent company Ortomader Ltd since it’s formation in 2001.  We are proud to have an excellent credit rating and first class reputation with customers and suppliers alike.

We employ skilled craftsmen with experience in both boat building and general industry.  Rob and Dave’s sister Patty Denning is also part of the team, she brings a creative eye and top skills in painting and creating the high quality and innovative soft furnishings which we fit to our boats.

We don’t just want our boats to be pretty on the outside, we pay exceptional attention to detail behind the scenes so that our boats provide years of reliable service and are a pleasure to own.

We are proud to say that our boats are British Built.

An Ortomarine narrowboat will display our passion for the small details and demonstrate how we seek to incorporate new and exciting features to further enhance your boating experience.

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