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South Island Marina provide a wide variety of traditional chandlery for historic and traditional narrow boats that is becoming hard to find these days. The articles below show you examples of what we can produce. This is by no means a complete list, so please contact us with your requirements if they are not shown below. 

If you are after a Traditional Chimney, please note there is a variable lead time.


We are pleased to be able to offer traditional narrow boat chimneys and exhaust stacks to any required size. So that odd sized collar you could never get an off the shelf chimney to fit is a thing of the past.

We have designed our chimneys off a number of traditional back cabin stove chimneys and our style has been directly developed from numerous measurements. Though breaking from tradition we use stainless steel as our construction material for longevity and we can also fit an integral stainless steel liner if required. Apart from our popular chimneys with their traditional brass adornments, we can also provide plain black chimneys which are most suited to constant winter use. All of our chimneys are constructed with solid traditional rivets and look the real deal.   

If you are interested in a tailored chimney please contact us with measurements using the guide below.

Chimney Measurement Guide

To make your chimney fit correctly it is important to measure the base of the collar accurately, if you were to measure just straight across the collar at the top this would not give the correct measurement, true you can have a good guess this way but if you follow our chimney measuring guide we can make sure your chimney fits perfectly.

The first step to ascertain the correct measurement is if your existing chimney fits perfectly, the best way to measure the base of the collar is to simply measure the internal diameter of the chimney.

If the first step is not an option, the second step is to measure the base of the collar by using callipers or, if you do not have any to hand, by placing two straight edges parallel on either side of the chimney collar and measuring the equidistance of the two.


Over the years we have perfected our methods, enabling us to provide a bespoke working narrow boat cloth measuring and fitting service, which we can provide in different materials such as hard wearing PVC, Regentex or even canvas.

The service we provide can be to just measure and/or install cloths, to a full fitting, including splicing all the appropriate and traditional cratch ropework if required. We have a number of years’ experience in this and can fit easily to wooden or steel gunwales.


To go along with our Chimneys and Cloth work, and to really make these stand out, we also offer traditional rope work in white cotton rope. We make cabin strings, chimney strings, turks heads, decorative mats, traditional cratch rope work and even down to the smallest items like tiller strings. We also have traditional Fire Hose for the front of your cratch. 

All items are made to traditional designs using the old fashioned techniques, Other bespoke traditional rope work is also available on request. 


South Island Marina can make traditional boat mops, using traditional materials, in the style of the old working narrow boats, we can either finish them plain, in blocked colours or in the traditional barbers’ pole decoration. Please contact us for your individual requirements.

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