Traditional & Modern

Canal Transport Services (c-T-s) has been narrowboat builders at Norton Canes since 1964. Our family business started by Denis Cooper continues to this day on the site of the old Yates Boatyard amidst a significant canal boat community. Having quickly gained a reputation for being a builder of traditional narrowboats and tugs of renowned quality, the tradition continues with son Matthew who shares the passion for canal boats old and new.

The company continues to build superior narrowboats , custom built to any stage of completion and offer the flexibility and commitment only a family-run company can provide. In addition c-T-s offers all of the boatyard services you might need together with painting schemes to suit all requirements. Having been in the narrowboat industry for so many years we have the experience to advise on best practice, can develop your ideas and tailor a solution to suit your budget and taste.


We encourage discussion at all stages of a customers project are keen to incorporate innovative ideas and are able to call on mature craftsmen to deliver a cost effective solution. As a company we are small enough to offer a personal service, skilled enough to take on larger projects and passionate enough to deliver a superior product.