Gibson and Kentwright operate at Redhill Marina in the East Midlands, where the River Trent meets the River Soar.

About us







Welding & Gritblasting



We Paint Your Boat

Boat painting, blacking and fitting is at the heart of what we do.

We are a friendly professional narrowboat painting service based at Redhill Lock, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, in the East Midlands.

Only the highest quality materials and paints are used to create the perfect long lasting traditional paint job for your boat.

Thomas is an experienced, professional boat painter and produces some of the best paint jobs on the cut.

Please contact him for a competitive quote which includes signwriting, any length of canal boat traditional and modern styles catered for.

Matt started coach painting for Tristar boats ltd in 2013 and quickly progressed through the ranks. In 2016 Matt decided to go out on his own and started Gibson boat painters from a Polly tunnel at Redhill marina. He quickly realised single part paints were not really the future so soon switched to 2 part top coats. Over the years he perfected techniques and changed to several different paint brands before coming back to Jotun. Using their full system of epoxy base coats and mega gloss ac topcoats. He had been helped massively to perfect the application by Kevin Lockwood formally of Marine Industrial (now of sml paints) and we still use the same system today. In 2019, Matt took over a large painting workshop based at Redhill Marina and began streamlining the business into what it is now.

Thomas started his journey into boat building and painting in 2014. What had started working on boats as more of an ‘Odd Job man’, painting a tiller or replacing a water pump had quickly progressed to working as a freelance boat builder/painter working for companies like Kingfisher Narrowboats, Mills Dockyard, Paul Smith Joinery, The Fitout Pontoon and then took on a role at Tristar Boats Ltd in early 2016 where Matt started to teach Tom the art of spray applications.

Matt asked Thomas Kentwright to join forces in April 2021 as a partner to take over the running of the paint shop after purchasing 2 more boating related business Onboard solar and Marine insulations ltd.

Gibson and Kentwright Boat Painters now employ 3 members of staff and paint up to 20 boats a year from our centrally heated workshop allowing them to work all year round.

Fancy having nice new paint job on your narrowboat?

if so get in touch with Thomas to discuss your all your narrowboat re-paint needs, Thomas Kentwright – 07849156023