Frequently Asked Questions - Canal Boat Holidays
If you have a question that we have not covered below, please feel free to contact us by email and we will do our best to help you with your canal boat hire query.
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.
Do you have day boat hire?
No. Our canal boats have sleeping facilities and are not suitable for day hire. Our minimum rental period is 3 nights, but you can bring the canal boat back earlier if you wish.
Is the canal 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.
Where can we stop?
You can moor up wherever you like. Simply find a nice spot and tie up. If you prefer, you can stop in a marina. Llangollen marina for example charge £5 per night with electric hookup and water points.
Are there any hidden costs?
Mooring is free along the towpath although if you choose to stay in a marina overnight there may be a charge. Water is free and we give you a British Waterways key on arrival. Gas and pump-outs (if necessary) are all included in the price you pay.
When do I collect and return my hire boat?
We ask that you arrive at 1:30 pm on your arrival day in order to provide sufficient time to check-in, load the canal boat and receive the training and tour. On your day of departure, you will need to vacate the canal boat no later than 9:30 am as we wish to avoid potentially penalising the next incoming guests.
Is there car parking at the canal boat holiday marina?
Free car parking is available at all our narrow boat locations. Many of our marinas are also close to main line railway stations.
Does the canal boat have electricity?
Yes, the canalboat 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 canal boat and contents are fully insured. The only thing that is 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.
What happens if we have a problem?
Our dedicated team are on hand twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies. Your safety and enjoyment are our paramount concern.
What are the crewing requirements for hiring your canal boats?
Can I take a pet ?We allow pets at the following marinas :-
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