About Us

Hand crafted boating excellence built from the water up.


Ortomarine is a small family business lead by  Rob Howdle and Caroline Badger.  Rob has more than 30 years of experience in Industrial Automation and has developed a unique and sophisticated boat monitoring system, incorporated in all our boats.  Caroline, a management accountant by training, has overseen the running of the parent company Ortomader Ltd since its formation in 2001.  We are proud to have an excellent credit rating and first class reputation with both customers and suppliers.  Caroline manages each of the build projects and uses her considerable interior design skills on the boat layouts and in turning customers’ ideas into reality.

Rob and Caroline lead a team of skilled craftsmen with many years of experience in both boat-building and general industry.  Ortomarine began building hire boats in 2015 and have since established a reputation for high quality, innovative and highly individual private boats, including 6 diesel-electric hybrids and 2 all-electric boats. As of July 2020, we have built 27 boats, many of which have been reviewed to high acclaim in the professional press .  Our boats are not just superficially attractive; we design with maintenance in mind and pay exceptional attention to ‘invisible’ detail 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.

Each Ortomarine narrowboat displays our passion for the small details and demonstrates how we seek to incorporate new and exciting features to further enhance your boating experience.

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