With us your whole rental is personal. We were one of the first, and remain the only, dedicated private boat holiday company in Southern England.  We specialise in helping British, ex-pats and foreign visitors experience our stunning canal system.

Long Term Narrowboat Hire was founded a few years ago by Tricia based on a simple idea of giving people the freedom to hire a ‘private’ boat and go cruising for weeks or months at a time. This is something which the established hire companies could not offer competitively. She has now retired and sold her boat: but not before I felt that it would a shame to close such a unique business… so I bought it instead!

I’ve been boating for over 40 years – many of those living by and travelling on the water. I’ve hotelboated around¬†almost the whole connected waterway system and have with several years in hire boats and and tourism. This makes me uniquely placed to share all of this experience and enthusiasm in helping you plan and enjoy the most amazing extended holiday experience. I’d like to welcome you aboard afloat ‘The Squire’ – a perfect private cruising boat – ideal for winter and summer cruising.¬†

The new owner, David Dare, would be delighted to welcome you aboard The Squire.
The Squire

Why Book our Boat?

If you’ve always wanted to try life on the canals then we are your ideal solution. The cost is similar to renting a house or flat and a lot cheaper than hotels or holiday hire boats. This means you can live aboard for an extended holiday, without all the expense or risk of having to buy your own boat!

The Squire is a perfect private-style boat – ideal for winter or summer cruising. At 55ft long, fully furnished and equipped with all the essential tools, maps and books you need for all-year cruising. She is fully licensed and insured as a ‘liveaboard’ boat with a current commercial boat safety certificate. Full breakdown cover is available. Comprehensive cruising tuition is provided (including on-board practical boating training for the first few hours) allowing you to feel confident to venture forth and discover our wonderful waterways.