Frequently Asked Questions

Do you operate day hire? No, our boats have accommodation and can be booked for a minimum of 3 nights.
Do you need experience or a license to operate the canal boats? Experience and licenses are not required to hire our boats. We give full boat tuition, lock training and route advice as part of your holiday induction training when you pick the boat up. The training is included in the cost of your holiday and usually takes up to a couple of hours.
What time do I pick the boat up and return it? Each boat has different checkin and checkout times. Please refer to the booking form for time details.
Where can we go with the canal boat? Once you have completed your induction, you are free to travel the canals wherever you want. Just remember that you need to allow enough time to return to your hire base. The marina staff will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have regarding routes.
How do I see what boats you have available? Use our holiday calendar on the left hand side. Select you month and year of travel and then click the 'search' button to begin your search. The calendar will show days that have boats available in green. Click the button for the day you want to see more options.
Is there a minimum age requirement to operate the boat? Yes, one person on the crew has to be aged 21 or over. For insurance purposes, the number of crew cannot exceed the maximum berth specified for each canal boat.
Is there somewhere to leave my car? We have free on site car parking at all our locations.
Can I bring a pet on holiday with me? Most of our boats are pet friendly. Please see options on the booking form when booking.
What happens if I have problems on my holiday? Our dedicated narrowboat hire team are on hand twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies.
Where can I see the terms and conditions? Terms and conditions are specific to each boat and can be found on the booking form for each boat.

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canalboathire.net
PO Box 57, Budleigh Salterton, Devon. EX9 7ZN
P: 01395 443545
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