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Canal boat and Narrow boat holidays from Hire A Canalboat

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Most of us live in houses or apartments. Boats - well, they’re different. Narrowboats and Canalboats are different again and ours are built for the special purpose of cruising the inland canal waterways of Britain. Narrowboats really are a special breed. They are narrow and tight, long and heavy and the narrowboats hold within them all sorts of surprises.



The great news is that ALL of our Narrowboats and canalboats have been given Four Stars under the recognised industry grading programme for boating holidays. That's a pretty good start, isn't it? The four-burner hob, grill and oven are all gas operated and for those of you unfamiliar with this form of domestic energy, don’t worry. This will all be covered during the reassuring training programme.

Hire a canalboat,  Narrow boat emerging from bridgeIf you are cruising, the canalboat is wholly dependent upon you to generate and conserve the electrical power. Cruising will, subject to you following the proper procedures during your canalboat holiday, generate power and charge the batteries. Thus, you will be able to use the boat’s facilities. However, be aware - if you are out on the canal, do not cruise sufficiently each day of your canalboat holiday and drain the batteries of their charge by improper management, the power will go down! Please don't expect everything to happen by magic. If you decide to remain moored within the marina, staff will link you into mains electricity. The same principle applies to the water supply. The narrowboat's holding tank will need to be replenished every couple of days on average whilst on your boating holiday. This can be done by you at one of the many freshwater points along the canal. These are shown on the map supplied to you on arrival for your boating holiday. Public points generally have free and open access though some commercial enterprises may levy a nominal fee. Please note, that whilst water is delivered through the mains system, it is recommended that all water delivered into and from the boat is boiled prior to consumption, purely as a precaution.

Double bed on canal boatBe aware that beds can often be smaller or narrower than at home though the master bedroom in each of our boats has a very large double bed.
If you want to slow right down, get away from all the commotion in the world and you have that special spark and spirit of adventure.... well, this is the holiday for you.
Our narrowboats are purpose built and operated solely to fulfil the needs and satisfy the expectations of today’s discerning canalboat holiday hirer.
Be aware that with both the electricity and the water, you can only draw out what you put in! Suddenly, all our assumptions that there is always water and the lights will always work are thrown out of the window. On narrowboat holidays, you need to make sure that they do by managing your own space and environment.

For your information, toilet waste is flushed into a holding tank built into the hull of your boat. Generally, there is enough volume within the tank for one week. However, if the tank fills to capacity during your holiday, it is your responsibility to arrange a 'pump - out'. Facilities are available throughout the canal system and like freshwater points, are shown on the map supplied on arrival.

45ft Narrow Boat Plan
*Plan - 45ft craft, sleeps 4 - click here to enlarge & see boat inventory

* Plans are typical but layout, fixtures and fittings may vary.

Pump outs vary in cost though if you budget for about £15.00, you will be fairly close to the mark. Luggage space is at a premium and we suggest that you bring as little as possible and folding canvas or nylon bags are best. Avoid bulky suitcases at all costs. Bring flat shoes, trainers and wellington boots if you can. Try to plan your arrival having done your main shop for supplies prior to check - in.

55ft Narrow Boat Plan
*Plan - 55ft craft, sleeps 6 - click here to enlarge & see boat inventory

* Plans are typical but layout, fixtures and fittings may vary.

Omitting to do this will impinge on the training time. Many guests tend to eat at least one meal a day at a canal side pub. Food is usually good and wholesome and generally reasonably priced. Breakfast is the main on board meal for many whilst on the boating holiday. Do think about stocking up on eggs, mushrooms, cheese, milk, bread, cereal etc as well as lots of snacks for the day. The captain and crew will always welcome a mug of something hot.


You can email your booking directly to (stating dates required and boat size) or telephone 01395 443529

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