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Welcome to John Barnard Ltd Narrowboat Painters

As John Barnard Ltd, we offer a comprehensive range of narrowboat painting services for the canalboat owner. Based at Debdale Wharf on Grand Union Leicester line, we operate from a climate controlled paintshop providing a year round service. Conveniently situated just off the A6 between Market Harborough and Leicester, we welcome visitors and are always pleased to let you inspect the quality of our workmanship or chat about whatever project you have in mind.

As experienced narrowboat painters, we perform work reliably, at fair conditions and on time. We specialise in complete back to metal repaints using traditional craftmanship to give you a finish to be proud of. We provide free estimates and consulations, so why not get in touch with your requirements, or better still if you're in the area just pop in.


Whether for a full repaint or minor accident repairs John Barnard Ltd is your dependable partner!

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Our most recent commission


John awarded first ever International Paints Certificate of Craftmanship

Fred Cole of International Paints awarding John with the company's first ever Certificate of Craftmanship at this year's Crick Boat Show

John scores again by receiving a further award from Epifanes

Following the company's recent appointment as the country's first (and so far only) inland waterways International Paints Application Centre, we're proud to announce that we've followed it up with another award - the first ever Certificate of Craftmanship from Epifanes.


Great news for next year, we are to repaint the historic narrowboat "PRESIDENT". We would like to thank everyone involved at the Black Country Living Museum and the Friends of President for commissioning us for the task

New YouTube 

"How to CoachPaint"

We have uploaded a new clip, let us know what you think! Watch Now


New 5 Day Painting Course  

Our new course is aimed at those of you who want to re-paint your own boat or have bought a sail-away and intend on painting it yourself. Held over 5 days, we cover everything you need to know to get that professional finish. The course is held 

at the new Narrowboat Skills Centre and is delivered by John Barnard personally.


Our popular 2-day boat painting courses are running again for 2016 and there are still places available from May onwards. For these or any of the other courses on offer, contact us or use the on-line booking system below:

2016 Signwriting Courses - book now

Following the success of our first signwriting course with Jon Leeson last year, we've organised a further two courses for 2016. The first of these is a Canal Art course on July 23-24 and a second Signwriting course on November 26-27. These courses are expected to fill up quickly, so if you're interested early booking is recommended. Just use the NBSC on-line booking system below:


Birthday Gift Vouchers available

Looking for the perfect birthday gift? How about a boat painting or signwriting course - vouchers available for courses to be held throughout 2016. Buy on-line through our shop.

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Call us now!

Tel: 07598 865684

Or to visit us

John Barnard Ltd

Debdale Wharf Marina

Smeeton Westerby  

Leicestershire  LE8 0XA

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