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Sagar Marine closes

Sagar Marine, which has been building high quality narrowboats and Dutch barges at Brighouse on the Calder & Hebble since 1975, has gone into voluntary  liquidation. 

Founders Stephen Sagar and Wendy Sagar said they had taken the decision reluctantly, due to a downturn in trade.

“Over the last 12 months the lack of business has just got worse due to the economic climate,” Stephen Sagar said. “We decided to go into voluntary liquidation, so all the suppliers and customers have been paid and no-one has been left out of pocket.

“I am more disappointed about the five redundancies we made as most of them had been with the company for at least 25 years.”

Working with sons Jonathan and Andrew, the Sagars had built a reputation in the waterways world, with loyal customers and several awards and were awarded the coveted John Beardsmore award for excellence.

When the Sagars started they were rare amongst boatbuilders in doing almost everything themselves from building the original steel hull to carpentry and upholstery work.  They initially specialised in narrowboats, building their first Dutch-style barge in 1991 and introduced their Mini-Luxe, designed specifically for narrow canals in 1993.

A Sagar Marine barge in Brighouse Basin

Wednesday 14 December  | Andrew Denny  | 2.37pm, Wednesday 14 December 2011


So sad. Realised something was amiss when tried to log on to their site recently and have now learned what I had hoped was not the case. We called in a year or so ago and Andrew showed us over a recently completed 49ft miniluxe. Absolutely superb and we had decided that when circumstances were right we would definitely go for one. Such a shame but guess our position and inability to proceed at present was replicated many times over in these difficult days. Can only imagine the agonies the family went through before coming to the final decision.

Keith Nash  | 10.59PM, Thursday 22 December

Sad to hear of their demise. I worked for them briefly in 1990. Another one bites the dust.

Andrew Thompson  | 2.37AM, Friday 4 January

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