narrow boat features
Built to last
The hire boats featured here are built from steel and each one hand fitted out internally by craftsmen.
Home from home equipment
The inventory includes a full range of crockery and kitchen equipment through to bedding and a first aid kit.
On - boat entertainment
Warmth and comfort
All featured boats are centrally heated with hot water at the turn of a tap.
'Main' style electricity
The main facilities on board are powered by 12 volt electricity, generated and stored from when the engine is running. (Like a car) Certain boats have additional equipment that use 240 volt electricity provided by means of an on - board invertor, such as a toaster, microwave or domestic hairdryer. (Full details are given in the brochures and on the websites.)
All the boats operating by Narrowboat Hire companies are Tourist Board inspected and given an English Tourism Council star rating each year so you can be assured that the highest standards are maintained.
A 70 ft hire boat weighs about 18 tonnes, so there is no weight-saving required when fitting it out! You will find that kitchens are all fitted with cookers, fridges and kitchen equipment of domestic size and quality - just like a holiday cottage.
One factor you may find a preference for is the style of the rear deck. The cruiser stern is very open - easier for getting on and off if a larger group are making a lot of stops (e.g. doing many locks). The semi-traditional stern has an enclosed seating area, useful for when there are small children on board.
Cruiser stern (1)
Cruiser stern (2)