Solmate – Customer Review

Navigating in Comfort and Style Solmate, a narrowboat brought to life by the shared passion for water of its owners, Ruth and Iain, is a masterpiece that intertwines functionality, aesthetics, and a dash of their personal story. With Ruth hailing from the USA and Iain from England, their journey began on the open seas, living […]

Wood is good for you

Radio 4 interview I heard an interview on BBC Radio 4 with Professor Miles Richardson from University of Derby talked about the remarkable benefits of being in a ‘woody’ environment. His research sheds light on the physiological changes that occur when individuals interact with wood, highlighting the calming and relaxing effects it has on the […]

Wez is back

Solmate brushes with tradition. Friendly and talented Wez has been putting the finishing touches to Solmate. Narrowboat sign writing, also known as canal boat sign painting, is a traditional form of decorative art that has been practiced in England since the 18th century. It involves the use of paint and brush to adorn the exterior […]

Serious solar

Seroius Solar panels

Solar benchmark Mothership Marine is serious about solar panels. We believe our panels and importantly how they are fixed is the bench mark in the the inland waterways. A very positive attitude to solar panels We aim to generate the majority of the power we need from solar so they better be good. What makes […]

Be nice to the spray foam guys

Battening on a solar electric narrowboat

Two things to think about here. Two things to think about here. The first is to really batten the boat well prior to a visit for the insulation guys coming. The second is to treat those ‘masters of all things thermal’ guys really well. Efficiency and quality Battening is a really important job. Mothership Marine […]

Fixing a solar panel part 1

Electric Boats

Best Practice – how to fit a semi flexible solar panel (Part 1) We’ve now fitted hundreds of these panels and  we’ve found this method to be the simplest. It also gets the best results. It’s really important that the panels are handled gently and is not over bent as this can crack the solar […]

Narrowboat Tranquility ready for delivery

Electric Boat Builders

There will be ‘Tranquility’ on the A1 very soon. Our new shell will be arriving Sheffield very soon for owners Caroline and Veerji. ‘Tranquility’s’ topsides has been painted in 2 pack gloss RAL 5014 Pidgeon Blue. He hull has an epoxy primer. The Mothership team paint the hull. Also a 2 pack system from Jotun […]

Solmate ready for sign writing

Canal Boat Electrical Systems

The name Solmate was put to a vote on Facebook. It’s a play on the boats nearly 2kW of solar cells on her roof and an homage to ‘Sol Beer’ of which the boat owners have had a long relasionship. It’s hard to think that they won’t fit in on the cut.  From a vector […]

Stelvio very close to completion

Stelvio has been a big mountain to climb and is our grandest and longest boat to date at 65′. She has been plauged by supply chain issues and ‘hats off’ to the Mothership build team. These disruptions have called for flexibility and patience. We at Mothership beleive that the interiors of narrowboats should feel like […]

Stelvio Signwriting

Sign writing is an age old narrowboat tradition. Without it boats look a little bare. It all started when narrowboats were working boats and like trucks on the road today it was a way of advertising their company. Nowadays, we give our boats names and not numbers and they are owned by individuals not companies […]