About Us

Steel Boat Builders based in England

From Dutch barges, steel blue water sailing yachts, The Huffler swing keel sailing yacht, The Huffler Motor yacht, wide beam inland barges, seagoing barges are all well established steel boats in the Peter Nicholls range.

Established in 1973, Peter Nicholls steel boat builders have built many boats that have made excellent live aboard cruising homes. Consequently the cost of owning a running a boat can be justified. The boat becomes a home, whether full time, or for extended cruising while keeping a base on land.

A Peter Nicholls Boat is a source of pleasure and personal fulfillment for people, couples and families from all walks of life and age groups.

With the continuous production of steel pleasure craft since 1973, the founders, Peter Nicholls and Roger Bailiff are still involved in the day to day running of the firm and the next generation is now involved.

Only steel boats give true longevity and robustness. Modern building methods and paint systems, allied with easy and simple maintenance, produces a boat to last. The experience that we have at Peter Nicholls makes this aim a reality.

A Peter Nicholls steel boats have been passed down through the generations.

Our Customers

The Peter Nicholls customer is looking for a boat to satisfy their individual requirements. They want a boat that is comfortable, is well made and handles well. Something with a proven track record.

How the boat will keep its value is important. Buyers are making a substantial investment and do not want to have to do it again. Once having made that investment they can move forward.

They are not necessarily an expert but they have pretty firm ideas about what they want the boat to do. They are looking for someone who will put their ideas into reality and make it happen.

They are looking for an artisan product, built with care and which offers value for money.

They certainly are looking for something that is built to last, not just in terms of longevity, but also in terms of will the boat serve their needs in years to come, as their objectives alter and refine. Nothing stays the same. A Peter Nicholls boat will, if you like, grow with you, and will give pleasure as the years go by, as customers’ requirements alter and develop with experience and age.

They have probably done some research and come across many conflicting opinions and ideas on the Web. They pretty soon realise that they have to sort the wheat from the chaff and that can be difficult, time consuming and in the end unproductive.

Peter Nicholls Ltd can cut through all that with good advice tailored to the buyer’s individual needs and objectives.