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 and his team have the experience to build high quality, reliable, low maintenance boats.  Caroline Badger (Rob’s other half) is a qualified Management Accountant and 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.

We employ skilled craftsmen with experience in both boat building and general industry.  Rob and Dave’s sister Patty Denning combines a creative eye with top skills in painting and soft furnishings to give our boats a unique and innovative look, inside and out.

We don’t just want our boats to be pretty, 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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