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There is no itinerary - you set your own agenda. In a week by canal you are likely to cover the distance you could cover in an hour by car, but the journey will be a far richer one! 

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Canal Boat Club Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Pets
  2. Fishing
  3. Bikes
  4. Parking
  5. Cash
  6. Wildlife
  7. Entertainment
  8. Occupancy
  9. Control of the boat
  10. Charges
  11. Canal maps & Guides

1. Pets

Pets are allowed on the boats at all the marinas, please see the following terms & conditions:
Pets are allowed on the boat (Maximum 2) and must be paid for on arrival at the marina, the charge is £30 per pet(Registered assistance animals will not be charged for). Hirers must provide their own pet baskets or blankets. All pets must be properly house trained or caged as appropriate, must not be left unattended, and must not be allowed on bedding or chairs. Pets are not covered under the Company's insurance policy and the Hirer shall be liable for the cost of any damage or extra cleaning required.

2. Fishing

Although most canal banks are leased to Angling clubs, you may fish from your boat and you will be surprised at the variety of species to be caught. You will need a National Rod License, which can be bought to cover short periods, from most Post Offices. Bring your own tackle, if you can, as hiring isn't always a practical proposition. Please return all fish to the water, unharmed.

3. Bikes

The towpath and the country lanes, which cross the canals are an ideal place to cycle. You may bring your own bikes, but we suggest no more than two, these can be stored on the roof of the boat. Rubber mats, to protect the paint work, are an obligatory precaution and may be hired from the marina @ £ per week each. Alternatively bring your own.

4. Parking

Parking is available at all our sites, but in some locations is limited. 1 car per booking is free of charge, additional cars are charged at £3.50 per day.

5. Cash

Whilst pubs and larger grocery stores will accept credit cards, most smaller shops and village Post Offices will not. If you can, bring as much cash as you think you will need, or plan your cruising to pass a major supermarket, the majority of which will have on-site ATM machines.

6. Wildlife

You will be travelling through a rich landscape of woods and water meadows, fields and farmland and you can expect to see a wide variety of the natural flora and fauna of these islands.

Consider buying one of the many handbooks available and, if you have a pair of binoculars, bring them too, as you'll find you will see much more. Remember, however, that it is illegal to pick wildflowers or disturb nesting birds. Don't forget too, to bring enough film for your camera. If you run out, it may not be easy to get more.

7. Entertainment

If you like quiet pubs, in rural settings you will be spoilt for choice, but if you want organised entertainment you should look elsewhere. A few good books are a must and a pack of cards can be worth its weight in gold on a wet day.

If you have children, perhaps some jigsaws or board games might be a good idea, but don't bring the Scalextric! Don't forget also, that each boat is fitted with a television and VHS video player, so a selection of videos might prove invaluable if the weather is inclement.

8. Occupancy

Your boat is designed and insured for either four or six berths, depending on its size and no more than that number may sleep on board. Whilst it is sometimes possible for additional people to be admitted to land-based timeshares it is not negotiable on a boat for legal and safety reasons.

If you turn up at the marina with five people or more for a four berth or 7 people or more for a six berth you will not be allowed to occupy the boat. Children, of whatever age - including babies - count as part of this complement.

Please don't tell us that additional passengers will find alternative accommodation along the way, as others have been afforded this concession in the past and abused the privilege. It is therefore a firm rule that only the prescribed number (or less) will be allowed to take the boat.

9. Control of the boat

You will need a minimum of two fit and active adults, or one adult and a child over the age of 16 years for a 4 berth boat although it is easier with three. For a 6 berth boat two adults.

If on arrival you do not meet these requirements you will not be allowed to cruise and will be offered the choice of remaining in the marina or seeking an alternative land based holiday through the RCI exchange system (availability cannot be guaranteed).

10. Charges

Utility fee per week- 6 berth £60.00, 4 berth £47.50

Diesel- you pay for what you use, leaving a £90.00 fuel deposit before you depart, if you use less on your return you get a refund, if you use more then you pay the difference.

Dogs- £30.00 each, max 2.00 per boat.

Optional but highly recommended damage waiver- £50.00

Car parking- 1st car free, additional cars charged at £3.50 per day.

 

11. Canal Maps and Guides

You can buy canal maps and guides at all the marinas on arrival.

If you would like to order maps and guides before your holiday, you can do so through the Amazon store.

 


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