About Us

 Technology Meets Tradition

Ortomarine first started building narrowboats in 2015 and there are now over 40 of our boats cruising around the UK canals.  Our highly experienced and skilled team are lead by Rob Howdle and Caroline Badger who have successfully run the parent company, Ortomader Ltd, since 2001. 

Our aim is to bring new and inventive ideas to the boats we build.  Rob has more than 30 years’ experience in Industrial Automation and has developed a unique boat monitoring and control system “Ortomate”, which is integrated into all builds.  His extensive electrical engineering knowledge coupled with Caroline’s keen eye for design and ability to work with customers to realise their dreams, has been instrumental in the success we have seen over the past 5 years.  Both are keen to innovate and push the narrowboat industry forward towards a greener future.

Based in Worcestershire, Ortomarine have established a reputation for high quality, high tech and highly individual boats. We believe in providing a very personal service, precise attention to detail and great after-sales support to the whole Ortomarine family of boats. 

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


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