Lea Valley Narrowboat Co. Ltd was formed
in 1974 by two canal enthusiasts, Pat and John Milton. The company’s
foundations and their home were soon established on the River Lea
in Hertfordshire, where they have remained until the present day.
Initially, the main business of the company was operating passenger
boat trips aboard the ex FMC Josher ‘Holland’ but, over
the following years the business expanded to include hire boats,
fit outs and repair work, retail sales, boat brokerage and two marinas.
They remain canal enthusiasts and still spend a lot of their leisure
time on their own narrowboat.
The present brokerage business is an offshoot of the original
company but with the bonus of a partner and boat owner Louis Stroud
whose background is in sales going back 30 years.