Welcome to Below Decks
Established in 2013, Below Decks is a family run business specialising in bespoke marine carpet and decking solutions. We provide a personal service including templating, cutting, edge binding, boat carpet and synthetic decking solutions. We regularly work on vessels from the following manufacturers: Bavaria, Beneteau, Cobalt, Dufour, Fairline, Hallberg Rassy, Jeanneau, Malo, Monterey, Najad, Nimbus, Nordhavn, Princess, Regal and Sunseeker.
The team of Jan and Nigel Oates set up the company to fill a niche within the market to provide the highest quality of service and product at an affordable cost, keeping clients fully informed at every step of the way. As boat owners ourselves, we feel that this is the level of service that we would like to experience.
Each project would begin with the use of existing carpets as templates, or with the process of making templates from which the carpet is initially cut. The boat carpet would then undergo a pre-fit before the edges are bound. The carpet would finally be fitted to the boat using snap studs if required. We also offer non-slip underlay backing for projects involving loose-laid carpets. This prevents stress on the fasteners, and provides greater acoustic and thermal insulation. We also regularly provide fully fitted carpets.
We work at marinas along the south coast, including Hamble Point, Port Hamble, Mercury, Swanwick, Beaulieu, Lymington, Gosport, Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth and all points in between!
Our clients include private owners, brokers, importers, refurbishment companies and manufacturers. We regularly fit carpets for Berthon, Landau, Princess Service, Offshore Powerboats, Nordhavn, Inspiration Group, Universal Yachting, Marco Marine, Gibbs Boats and Discovery Yachts among many others.
Below Decks began in 2013 when we were unable to find a specialist company to carpet our own boat, Lady J. All boats are different with complicated shapes, but Nigel’s previous career in the RAF as an aerospace engineer has given him an eye for precision and detail and his fitting skills are legendary!
Our aim is to provide a tailor-made personal service to all clients depending on their needs; one that keeps them fully informed as the project proceeds, and that provides those finishing touches to make your boat a home from home.
As boat owners ourselves we totally understand how important your haven on the sea is to you and hope that we will have the pleasure of working with you in the near future.
What our clients say
The work carried out by Below Decks to carpet our 45 foot Trader has been outstanding. Nigel’s detailed preparation prior to fitting has ensured a superb finish throughout the boat.…read more →
A pleasure to work with
Thank you Jan and Nigel. You have been a pleasure to work with and always so helpful. When we first started the project, to replace the carpet and bathroom flooring,…read more →
Five star service
We would like to thank Nigel and Jan for an excellent job. We bought a 30 year old Nauticat that was in need of a lot of TLC! We have…read more →
Made such a difference
We would like to thank Jan and Nigel for their excellent service and advice on selecting the correct carpets for our boat, the attention to detail and professional fitting went…read more →
Would highly recommend this professional, friendly and helpful company
Having been impressed with Jan and Nigel’s Below Decks website, we arranged to meet Nigel aboard our newly acquired Fairline Phantom 37. After a very constructive discussion about ideas, materials…read more →
My Nimbus motorboat went back into the water this week and I went down to have a look at it on Thursday. I just wanted to thank you for the…read more →
Exceptional, dedicated and personal service
Jan and Nigel of Below Decks have provided an exceptional, dedicated and personal service in a relaxed and friendly manner. They helped us to choose the SeaDek solution for our…read more →
Professional and hassle free
We approached Below Decks having found them on the internet to replace the carpets in our sail boat, which were literally falling to bits after many years of hard use.…read more →
Where we cover
Below Decks is based near Poole on the South Coast of the UK. We offer a fully fitted service between Portsmouth, Hampshire in the east to Weymouth, Dorset in the west.
If your boat is located elsewhere in the UK then we can make new carpets using your old existing carpets or from a template you send us. We can post new carpets to anywhere in the UK.
We are happy to offer advice for any of your custom boat carpet and decking requirements, simply give us a call or drop us an email to see how we can help.