COVID-19 Update: Currently we can only accept bookings which comply with social distancing requirements. Hirers of dayboats will be required to wear face coverings on arrival and during hand-over in order to protect our staff. Currently we are still NOT able to take bookings for hire of our trip boat Elizabeth of Glamis because of social distancing requirements.
Elizabeth of Glamis
‘Elizabeth of Glamis’, named in honour of HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in the year of her 100th birthday, is a purpose-built all-steel narrowboat in traditional style, 70 feet long, 7 feet in beam, drawing 25 inches of water. She is powered by a four-cylinder CB Marine diesel engine, and cruises comfortably up to the 4 mph, canal speed limit, auxiliary mains is provided by a 24 to 240 volt inverter. Like all passenger vessels, she is subject to an annual safety inspection by the Maritime and Coastguard agency, and carries the required range of safety and life-saving equipment (even if we’ve never had to use any of it!). The passenger accommodation comprises a full-length saloon, incorporating an open-sided area and a raised observation deck at the front, all of which can be fully enclosed in case of inclement weather; central heating is fitted to cope with the cold for winter cruises!
The rear part of the saloon includes the bar, which is kept fully stocked. We carry a range of beers, lagers, spirits, red and white wine, mixers, soft drinks, plus a selection of the popular modern drinks such as Smirnoff Ice and Bacardi Breezers. Our bar prices are held at or below those of local public houses. The layout of the saloon can be tailored to each party – free-standing furnishings available include seating for up to our maximum capacity of forty people, which can be laid out as required.
Tables can be set up for the provision of buffets, or for other displays; or the saloon can be set up as a conference room or theatre for training, sales meetings, conferences or other purposes.
Merlot & Shiraz
For that special day out for up to 12 family, friends or colleagues we are pleased to be able to offer you the chance to be the skipper of your own boat for a day aboard either 'Merlot' or 'Shiraz'.
Both boats have a semi-traditional back deck with space for several people to stand/sit comfortably whilst cruising. Each boat has a small galley area with a gas hob, hot and cold (drinkable) water, cutlery and crockery, and a fridge. Each boat also has a toilet, and there is easy access and sitting space in the foreward part of the boat. The side screens can be raised or lowered depending upon the weather.
We also have a slightly smaller dayboat in the fleet, called 'Barney'. This vessel has a traditional style back deck and a different internal configuration. This vessel has a 12 person legal maximum capacity, but is more compact than 'Merlot' or 'Shiraz' so ideal for a combination of adults and children. The vessel is comfortable for 8-10 adults. As with the bigger boats, there is gas hob, hot and cold water, fridge and a toilet on board. The side screens can be raised or lowered depending on the weather.