Our Boats

Day Hire Boats



Badger was our first boat 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.” She was launched in January 2015 and has been working hard all season.


Otter, again after the Wind in the Willows character: a faithful resident of the riverbank who looks out for his friends. She was launched in June 2015 and again has worked hard ever since.

Both boats are fully equipped with a flushing toilet, two burner hob, and are provided with enough crockery and cutlery for up to 10 people. Tea, Coffee, Sugar and milk are also provided. Both boats have a frying pan but you will need to bring your own sausages and bacon!

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 – 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. She was launched new in January 2017.

Gloucester Narrowboats Ratty

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 right in the heart of Gloucester Docks.

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, finishing at Sainsburys superstore, leaving you free to provision the boat and 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 Gloucester Docks by 9am 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 leaves you at Sainsbury’s you are then free to provision the boat and 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 9am. 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 Gloucestershires 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 people for Day hire only and our new 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.