Frequently Asked Questions.

Do I need a license to operate a canal boat?

No, you will not need a license and you will be given all the training you need to get started.

Is the boat difficult to operate?

No. The waters are mostly current free, and cruising speed is only three to four miles per hour, making operating a canal boat child's play.

Are there any hidden costs?

Mooring is free along the towpath, although if you choose to, you can stay in a marina overnight. Water is free, and we give you a British Waterways key on arrival .Gas and pump-outs (if necessary), and a damage waiver are included in the price you pay.  A fuel deposit is added to the price during the booking process.

Is there car parking?

Free car parking is available at the marina when you hire a canal boat. Our marina is also close to a main line railway station.

Does the canal boat have electricity?

Yes, the boat has 240v (UK Mains) sockets which accept 3 pin plugs. Electricity is produced from the engine by storing it in batteries. An inverter then converts the 12v to 240v electricity.

Do I need insurance?

The boat and contents are fully insured. The only things that are not insured by us are (a), your car, which is probably protected under your motor policy, and (b), your personal possessions, which are also probably covered under your house contents insurance, but please check your own policies carefully.

Where can I get maps?

We sell maps at the marina (subject to stock). You can also buy maps and guides online via our online bookstore if you want to plan ahead. (link opens in a new window)

Do you allow pets on your canal boats?

Yes.Two Dogs are permitted per boat. There is an extra charge made per dog. Please see the booking form for more details.