Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently-asked questions and answers. If you wish for any more information, feel free to contact us, or check out the downloads below :

The Boater's Handbook

Guide to the Kennet and Avon Canal


Full safety training provided, which will include the use of life jackets, the fire blanket, fire extinguishers, first aid kit and the life belt. Dog life jackets are available on request. Also the location of safety signage and potential hazards.


An Inland Waterways Helmsman Instructor will spend a minimum of one hour with you. We will explain how everything works on the boat and the boat handling techniques. We want you to feel happy and confident. There is no rush, we have all the time in the world to help and assist you.


Secure parking is available at no extra charge. At your own risk.

Is It Possible For Someone To Steer The Boat

Yes, skippered boat hire is available from 10.00am until 4.00pm at a cost of £15 per hour.

What Speed Should We Go, And How Far Can We Go

Please respect other boaters, excessive speed is always a source of concern. If you are asked to slow down, you are going too fast. As a guide, you can use the rev counter on the boats. On Grand Cru set the revs at 10.000 when passing moored boat and 14000 rev for cruising. On Premier Cru 14000 revs and 18000 revs.

How Many People Can Sleep On The Boat

Grand Cru sleeps six, two cabins with double beds, plus two single sofa beds in the living area. Premier Cru also sleeps six, one double cabin, one cabin with two single beds and two sofa beds in the living area.

What Is Included In The Price

  • Diesel
  • Gas
  • Pump Out Charges
  • Logs
  • Fire Lighters & Kindling
  • Bed Linen
  • Towels (for each person)
  • Bathroom Towel, Bathroom Mat & Toilet Paper
  • Car Parking (at your own risk)
  • Antibacterial Hand Gel
  • A Set of Waterproof Clothing
  • An Umbrella
  • Tea, Fresh Coffee, Sugar.
  • Washing up liquid, Bin Bags, Tea Towel, Scourer.
  • Credit Card Charges
  • Life Jackets
  • Hair dryer
  • Pets Welcome (at no extra charge)

What Should We Bring With Us

Non-slip shoes, sun cream, if in an optimistic mood, waterproof jackets and hat, mobile phone chargers. You may bring other electrical appliances but please check with us first. There is a collection of books, DVDs, CDs and games onboard, you are welcome to bring more. Everything else is provided, just bring lots of food and drink.

Fuel & Water

You will be provided enough diesel and gas for your trip, but you will need to top up with water every other day. The water points are marked on the map.


We highly recommend you purchase travel and cancellation insurance..


Pets are welcome at no extra charge. However, we do ask you to keep them off the furniture and the bedding please.

TV & Music

The boat is equipped with a digital radio, freeview TV, 300 watt surround sound system, DVD and CD player. You will be able to connect your phone to the sound system.


Up to four Bicycles can be stored on the roof of the boat, at no extra charge (at own risk)

Welcome Pack

Our Welcome Pack Includes:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Fresh Milk
  • Bottle Of Wine (ready chilled for your arrival)


Children of all ages are welcome aboard

What Does "Grand Cru" & "Premier Cru" Mean

It is a wine classification, top quality red or white Burgundy from France. Get Wikipedia Description Here.


You will need an EA rod licence, easily available. We can advise you on how to get a licence and which bait and tackle to use. Go to waterscape or environmental agency to purchase your rod licence online.

We can also arrange the purchase of local fishing permits. Go to Bathampton AA for expert fishing information.Please Note: No live bait is allowed in the boat please.


You can moor anywhere you like on the towpath side of the canal except: where you see a sign. 'private mooring', moorings reserved for lock or swing bridge use, turning points (winding holes),water points, and between locks that are very close to each other. If you are on the river always moor towards the flow of water.

Overseas Visitors

Phone: +44 (0) 1225 312935. Free collection from Bath Railway Station. If you wish, please bring your national flag to display on the boat.


A 25% deposit is required when booking, followed by full payment four weeks prior to the hire date. All credit and debit cards are welcome. We do not accept Diners or Amex.

How Eco-Friendly Is It

Take the fuel a Boeing 747 consumes during a ten hour flight and transfer it to Grand Cru.

How long would it take for Grand Cru to run out of fuel if the boat travelled for six hours per day, everyday?

Answer: 45 years and 7 months

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