Our Boats

Day Hire Boats

 

Badger – Maximum number of people on board: 10

Named after the Wind in the Willows character “We like to think he exudes a quiet authority to all he meets. Not even Weasels mess with Badger: a natural leader.

Badger Slimbridge

Badger is a 35′ cruiser style, steel narrowboat and will carry a maximum of 10 people. She is purpose built for day boat hire and comes fully equipped with all the necessary safety equipment as well as basic facilities to enjoy a comfortable day’s cruising.

The boat has a small galley (kitchen), onboard toilet, and plenty of inside seating to accommodate ten people. The front deck has a small seating area big enough for four people to sit, relax, and enjoy the day.

Otter – Maximum number of people on board: 10

Like all our boats, named after the Wind in the Willows character “a faithful resident of the riverbank who looks out for his friends.

Otter Slimbridge

Otter is a 32′ semi-traditional steel narrowboat and will carry a maximum of ten people. She is purpose built for day boat hire and comes fully equipped with all the necessary safety equipment as well as basic facilities to enjoy a comfortable day’s cruising.

The boat has a small galley (kitchen), onboard toilet, and comfortable seating. The front cabin has roll-up sides and is perfect for hot, lazy summer days, or rolled-down forms a spacious dry cabin to sit, relax, and watch the world drfit by.

Toad – Maximum number of people on board: 6

Again named after the Wind in the Willows character “although good hearted and optimistic, he is also arrogant, conceited and impulsive.

Toad Slimbridge

Toad is a 32′ semi traditional steel narrowboat currently converted from our day trip boat, Glevum to a day hire boat. Toad will carry a maximum number of six people in a higher level of comfort designed by us specifically for smaller more discerning groups of family or friends.

The boat has a small galley (kitchen), onboard toilet, and comfortable seating. The front cabin has roll-up sides and is perfect for hot, lazy summer days, or rolled-down forms a spacious dry cabin to sit, relax, and watch the world drfit by.

Your chosen boat will be ready for collection at 9am and you will be given full instruction on the use, handling, and safety features of your craft. Your time on board will allow you a full day to explore the surrounding countryside, or stopping for a picnic or pub lunch. Your boat should be returned at 5pm giving you 8 hours of enjoyment. Probably the best value day out in Gloucestershire.

Holiday Hire Boat

 

Ratty – Maximum number of people on board: 4

Ratty – keeping with the Wind in the Willows theme: Cultured, relaxed and friendly, with literary pretensions and a life of leisure. Ratty loves the canal, he is occasionally mischevious and can be stubborn when it comes to doing things outside his canal lifestyle.

Ratty Slimbridge

Imagine 3 or 4 days away from it all without television, Internet access, and limited mobile phone coverage. Sound like a dream? Well here at Gloucester Narrowboats we have a new boat called Ratty which will be available for 3 and 4 night short breaks and is ideally suited for one or two couples or a small family to explore the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal from our base at Slimbridge.

Ratty will be available to begin your relaxing break on Fridays offering a superb 3 night weekend break, starting at 3pm and returning the following Monday at 9am. Ratty is also available from 3pm on Mondays offering a 4 night midweek break returning on Friday at 9am.

The price for the weekend and midweek breaks is exactly the same but the midweek break gives people with weekend commitments an extra night on board for the same cost making it a decent break away from it all without losing a weekend.

Weekend Breaks

Ratty will be available to board from 3pm and after a full demonstration of the boat and all its features, followed by instruction in the safe handling and operation of the boat by one of our RYA qualified instructors, you are then free to head off for what we are confident will be ‘probably the most relaxing short break you will ever have’. The only pressure will be to have the boat back in Slimbridge by 10am Monday.

Midweek Breaks

Ratty will be available for you to board at 3pm Monday, and after the same instruction (as outlined for the Weekend Break) once our qualified RYA instructor is happy, you are then free to set off for what we hope will be probably the most relaxing short breaks you will ever have. The good news is that you do not have to be back until Friday 10am. How you enjoy the next 3 days on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal is up to you.

On both of these breaks how you spend your time is up to you. You may prefer to head for a quiet peaceful night moored in the in the heart of some of Gloucestershire’s stunning countryside, you may prefer to moor up close to one of the canalside pubs or villages and enjoy good food and drink ashore or you may even prefer to spend a night in Gloucester Docks, right in the heart of the city with its vast choice of pubs and restaurants. The only pressure is to be back in time on the Monday or Friday.

All our boats were purposely designed and built for Day and Holiday hire exclusively on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. The Day Hire boats are licensed and insured for a maximum of 10 or 6 people for Day hire only and our holiday boat Ratty is licensed and insured for a maximum of 4 people to enjoy 3 or 4 night breaks, offering possibly the most relaxing break you will ever have.

Ratty was recently built by RW Davis & Son Ltd and will undertake the major maintenance of all our boats. In our opinion they are one of, if not the, best canalside boatyards in the country.