RE: Narrow Boat ' LILY '
We are writing to thank everybody at Milburn Boats following completion of our narrow boat ' LILY '.
We attended the Crick Boat Show on four occasions and visited a number boat builders before carefully
choosing Milburn to build LILY. The beautiful finish, high material specification and detailing
of the finished craft are testimony to the fact that we chose our builder well. This did mean
that we travelled quite some distance from the North of England to view progress during our build but
it was very much worth it.
When making our choice, it was very clear from our discussions with some of the other builders
that they wanted to define and restrict much of the boat specification themselves.
In contrast, all the Milburn team couldn't have been more helpful and supportive in providing technical advice
and expertise throughout the build and thereafter. Milburn gave us exactly the boat design that we wanted and
we wouldn't change anything. The craftmanship of everybody involved in the build was second to none.
We are rightly very proud of ' LILY ' and she receives countless admiring comments from boaters
and walkers whilst we are enjoying our boating life.
Roger and Ros Mellor
E-mail from owners of Lily - June 2012 (Lily launched Nov. 2010)
...We recently met up with fellow members of the ex-hire-boat boat-share co-operative we were in back in the 90's who had their own boat built over 17 years ago. They came on board and were so complimentary about all the work you had done, especially the beauty of the wood and your skilled fit-out. Also, a young couple and their family on a brief visit who had never been inside a narrowboat, were overwhelmed by it's complexity and comfort!
I just wanted to share with you the pleasure and joy we still experience with the boat and our ongoing admiration and appreciation of all your family's (and Reeves') knowledge, craftsmanship and skill which has gone into the building of this beautiful craft.
We are so thankful to be out and about on it exploring so much of our wonderful country.
With every good wish to you all
from Chris & Helga Rushton
Letter of appreciation from owners of Stray Away- July 2012 (Stray Away launched 2006)
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have, and are, helping us in getting the boat operational this year. In Particular our fit out company Milburn Boats have been superb.
Milburn Boats Limited were the people who helped us plan and fit out the boat. Everyone understood what we are trying to do and have worked with us in achieving our vision“
- from ladyteal.co.uk - 2010
“When we started this, and since, others in the business have told us that the Milburns would build us a lovely boat. They have not only done this, they have built us the boat we wanted. They don't have 'trademarks' - their trademark is quality. It has given us huge pleasure to hear them tell us that QISMA is one of the best boats they've built.”
QISMA blogwww.aswatridge.com - 2010
A comfortable cruising boat with a superb standard of finish
John Milburn’s was one of the first boats we tested in Canal Boat, and at the time he himself had only been in business a couple of years. Now, ten years after he started, he is well established, with over 52 craft to his name, and a reputation to match.At the time we were impressed with the quality of the boat we looked at - it’s standard of fit-out, and the ideas he was using for the interior layout. In fact we borrowed some of them for our own boat that was being built at the time, and have not regretted it!
... We liked Milburn Boats when we first met them, and the standard has not fallen. The joinery is of the highest quality, while the layout and detail finish is excellent
Canal Boat magazine (May 2004)
“... The boat gives us so much joy and we think of you all with gratitude. Whatever time of year, every time we are on board, we appreciate anew how much thought has gone into everything you have done. “Each time we marvel at the skills you and the family have to produce a boat as complex as this. We particularly appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship and still get much delight from everything you have done.
“Many thanks again and sincerest regards to all.”
- extract from another satisfied customer - 2006
“Milburn Boats and Reeves build great boats ... “For someone wanting a bespoke boat with a very high quality fit-out, they are the people I would recommend”
Allan Matthews (Ownerships)Quoted in Canals and rivers magazine (April 2008)