History

Norman Clarke

Norman Clarke

Concoform Marine was founded in 1965 by Norman Clarke. The very first hire craft being an Enterprise sailing dinghy complete with trailer for coastal and estuary sailing. Hire fee £10.00 per week.

From then on Norman purchased second hand boats and restored them. These boats were hired out on the River Thames from 1965 to 1969. The original Duckweed was an experiment in Ferro Cement boatbuilding and was let out as a two berth.

Then came Adventure, an ex naval Piannace. She was largely rebuilt and then Good Fettle was renamed Jenny K after his new apprentice who later became the other half of Concoform Marine and wife. These old boats had teak hulls and a great deal of character. The centre cockpit Dolphin boat Bindweed was purchased to be let on the canals.

Adventure

Adventure

Slipway Building, 1968

Slipway Building, 1968

Then came the move to Weedon. Weedon Boatyard was developed from the then defunct Weedon railways goods yard. Which at the time of purchase in 1968 was a barren piece of land. Much hard labour was needed by all the family including Norman’s very resourceful and supportive parents who would arrive from Berkshire complete with wellies and spades to lay yet another few yards of concrete for the slipway.

From 1969 we began to purchase purpose built hire craft from Harborough Marine at Market Harborough and Barney Boats of Braunston. In 1982 we started our own boatbuilding programme which became the very distinctive Weed Fleet boats. The last boat built was in 2005. She was the 70ft boat Tasselweed which included every possible comfort from Air Conditioning, Bow Thruster, Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer and Generator. This was a far cry from the original Enterprise sailing dinghy.

Since 1965 we estimate that 66,000 holidaymakers have holidayed aboard a Weed boat, leaving approximately 2 million miles in their wake. We introduced thousands of newcomers to the delights of boating many of whom have gone on to purchase boats of their own.

Jenny Clarke

Jenny Clarke

The Weed Fleet

The Weed Fleet

After 41 years of running hire boats, Norman and Jenny Clarke finally closed their doors to holiday makers in 2006 with the closure of Canalboat Holidays. Concoform Marine however still runs from their Weedon marina where they supply mooring, hardstanding and storage services along with RYA Instruction.

CONTACT / LOCATION

Tel: 07905 010 122
Email: info@concoformmarine.co.uk
Address: The Boatyard, High Street, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4QD

SELF STORAGE

Bosun’s Locker Self Storage provides lined storage containers from £85.50 per month.

Short Container:
10ft (L) x 8ft (H) x 8ft (W)
3.5m (L) x 2.4m (H) x 2.4m (W)

Long Container:
20ft (L) x 8ft (H) x 8ft (W)
6m (L) x 2.4m (H) x 2.4m (W)

Access 24 hours / 7 days a week

MOORINGS

Moorings are available:

Canalside available from £3.50 per ft per month.

Offline available from £4.20 per ft month.

Facilities / Utilities include:
16 amp power charged on a metered lead.
Free water
Free parking

Access 24 hours / 7 days a week

HARDSTANDING

Hardstanding Boat Storage is available from £3.50 per ft per month.

Hardstanding is often used for DIY fit out bays or out of the water boat storage

Facilities / Utilities include:
16 amp power charged on a metered lead.
Free water
Free parking

Access 24 hours / 7 days a week