Starting location?

The Squire is based at Heyford Wharf, Oxfordshire and will need to be returned here at the end of your hire.

N.B. If you have booked ONE WAY HIRE for a month, then your starting location will be either Heyford OR Bradford on Avon, and you will finish at the other.

What additional costs will I have?

  • Diesel for heating and cruising: current cost around ¬£1/ltr – assume 70ltrs/ week if cruising 8hrs/day – a bit more in cooler months if diesel heating on.
  • Gas for cooking ¬£30/13kg cylinder – which may last for up to 4 weeks. Logs or solid fuel for the multifuel stove range.
  • Toilet Chemical – each loo cassette needs scented chemical fluid adding once it has been emptied and cleaned – available at most boatyards.
  • Extra Licences: some rivers are not covered by the standard CRT licence:  an extra licence is required e.g Rivers Avon, Nene, Thames and Wey.

How can I get my mail?

Post Offices offer poste restante. If you know your route, check on the internet for a post office and arrange to have your mail forwarded. Alternatively some boatyards will hold mail for you – but please ask first!

What if something goes wrong with the boat?

This is unlikely but if it does simply call us and we will arrange everything.

Will the boat be warm in winter?

Boats have a small internal space therefore heat up very quickly, they also get cold quickly so in winter the multifuel-stove in the lounge is usually on. There is also an Eberspacher heating system which runs off the diesel with radiators distributing the heat throughout the boat.

How do I get hot water?

Boats have a ‘calorifier’ which utilises heat from the running engine and from the heating system to heat the hot water supply (just like an immersion tank at home). Lots of hot water is available if you boat every day.

How do I empty the toilet waste?

The Squire has a modern electric flush cassette toilet (like modern caravans), together with a spare cassette. These are emptied (usually for free) by yourself at one of the regularly spaced facilities blocks along the canal system.

What about mooring up?

When cruising around the system you must comply with Canal & River Trust (CRT) regulations and moor according to the signage on the towpath. This can be from a few hours right up to a maximum of two weeks before moving on. ¬†Marinas and boatyards frequently offer short term moorings with facilities. If you wish to hire for the winter but don’t want to move very far CRT offer winter moorings around the system which can be acquired but it would be at your sole extra expense. For more information click here to go to their website.

Can I use the boat as a static live-aboard?

The Squire is designed to be a holiday vessel for long term cruising to enable you to enjoy the waterways. We discourage its rental as a long term static live-aboard in one area unless you can provide us with a written mooring agreement (from the mooring’s owner) prior to booking.

We regret that we do not accept any hirer who is or is expecting to be on housing benefit as this boat is not a permanent address.

How do I get power for lights and electrical appliances?

Running the engine charges the leisure batteries (there are three) which run the 12v LED lighting system, central heating, and fridge. Solar panels on the roof also provide charge to the batteries. We recommend the engine is run for a minimum 3hrs/day to ensure the batteries remain fully charged – more hours per day in the winter when the solar panels are less effective. USB points are available to connect/charge phones/laptops etc. For larger 240v appliances (e.g. washing machine) a special 3.5kW generator power directly from running the engine. For smaller 2340V appliances an 800W inverter provides power without the need to have the engine running . Any electrical appliance producing heat or cold is power hungry and will deplete battery resources. Running the engine whilst using these appliances helps maintain battery power.

Can I get a reasonable mobile signal and internet access?

Yes, but it is not guaranteed in every location! There will be ‘dead’ spots where the canal is too low. A USB flash drive or Dongle with a long enough lead to go out of the window helps (but ensure you protect the wire from the weather). Please don’t expect fast broadband speeds but tethering is an option.

How many people can I fit on board?

The Squire is insured for a maximum of 4 people at any given time. Please note that the Squire is designed for 2 people in fixed double bedroom: the double sofa-bed is only suitable for occasional guests because, when folded out, it occupies the entire lounge.

Are pets allowed?

We regret that The Squire is a pet free boat and we request that any visitors you may have respect this booking condition.

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