General Information

What does the hire fee cover?

Robert-124Our boats are hired complete with all the equipment and a full inventory of domestic items is on board, it includes washing up liquid, scouring pads, dishcloths, tea towels, spray cleaner and toilet rolls. Bedding is provided by way of pillows, duvets and sheets. When you take over your boat it will have been refuelled, the water tank filled and new gas bottles connected.

Gas and diesel are included in the hire fee. NO EXTRA CHARGE IS MADE FOR THESE. Your boat carries sufficient diesel fuel for two weeks normal cruising.


We are pleased to accept pets on board, but we do ask co-operation in keeping them off bedding and seating. A charge of £25 per pet is made.

Buoyancy Aids

We provide buoyancy aids free of charge for those requiring them. We suggest that children wear them at all times, especially when near locks. They will be fitted on arrival.

Television Sets

Your boat is equipped with a colour television set with DVD player and a radio. By their nature canals tend to be low lying, and television reception may not be as good as you have at home.

Arrival and Departure Times

Your craft should be returned to us promptly by 9.00 am on the last day of hire and vacated by 9.30 am. All our craft need to be refuelled, cleaned and maintained on this day ready for the next hirer and we do require several hours in order to complete this work. However if you want to make the most of your last day Warwick Castle is only a few minutes drive away, and is certainly worth a visit.

Craft are normally available from 2.30 pm and if you could time your arrival with this in mind we shall endeavour to speed you on your cruise as soon as possible.


Free Car Park


We do have our own private car park but space is limited and restricts us to two cars per boat, parked free at your own risk. (For insurance purposes your keys must be left at boatyard).

Stockton Top Marina:

Free parking is also available.


All boats carry a good supply of water but it is advisable to top up daily. It is wise to plan your water stops. The location of water points is shown in the cruising guides.

Pump out Toilets

All our craft are fitted with pump out type toilets. They have a flushing action similar to that of a domestic toilet. Full details of their operation, which is simple, will be given on your arrival.

Clothing, etc.

We suggest casual clothing, wet weather gear and sensible footwear such as trainers. For returning to the boat after dark a torch is very useful. A pack of cards and a few games for evening entertainment.


Your boat is licensed for all British Waterways. Certain other waterways require special licenses which must be obtained before or during the trip. These include the Upper and Lower Avon Navigations, Rivers Nene and Thames. Payment of these licenses is the responsibility of the hirer.

Taking over the Boat

Before you start your cruise we will give you full instruction covering all aspects of canal cruising and  locking. If you have not handled a narrow boat before we will accompany you through a lock. A manual provides valuable information and reminders on safe navigation and you will find a copy of the Boaters Guide DVD and Handbook on the boat. A list of useful telephone numbers and canal information is also included.

Books and Maps

Waterways guides are essential for your cruise as these show the facilities you will need. We have a wide range of guides and maps which are available in our shop. We would be pleased to send your requirements to you in advance of your holiday.



The following supermarkets are within easy reach of the Warwick boatyard:

Marks and Spencers Express – a three minute walk from the boatyard.
TESCO – by canal (moorings at Bridge 46) or by car.

Southam has a number of small supermarkets, including a Tesco,  and is only a 10 minute drive from the Blue Lias base.

You could also have deliveries from the internet supermarket services:

To get a delivery to Stockton Top Marina which is not currently on the address database, Enter postcode – CV47 8HN, the drop down list offers ONLY unit 2 as an address that they will deliver to. Select Unit 2 (which is our boat building unit adjacent to the marina). Put “Kate Boats” and the boat name in the “instructions to driver” box.

Please give the additional information of the name of your boat on the order. The postcode for Warwick (Saturday and Tuesday departures) is CV34 5JB, and for Stockton (Monday or Friday departures) is CV47 8HN

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