Welcome to Long Term Narrowboat Hire. Hire a barge or narrowboat from one month upwards, and cruise Britain’s unique network of canals and rivers. Our boats are properly licenced as Hirecraft with the correct Hire Boat Safety Certificates and a thorough Handover period. We provide all the training and tuition you need to set off on your journey with confidence.

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Live your dream afloat exploring Britain’s waterways. Experience the liveaboard cruising life without the hassle of owning. Our long-term rental narrowboats The Squire, The Count, The Laird, The Earl, The Marquess, The Duke, The Princess & The Viscount – and our wide-beam barge Merryweather – can be hired at a fraction of normal holiday hire charges. The minimum hire is one month and monthly increments thereafter; you can hire for any duration provided it is for bona fide continuous cruising with a minimum crew of two adults over 18.

  • Great value for money extended holiday option.
  • Brilliant two month extended summer holiday from just £5950….with your own mooring…come and go as you please.
  • Try the boating life before you buy your own boat.
  • Ideal for EXPATS: explore your heritage aboard your own cruising home with a different view every day.

Extended Holiday Afloat

The stunning British canals and waterways can be navigated from North Wales to the South East of England. If you have ever enjoyed a holiday afloat but felt that you needed more time to explore more of our landscape, then a long term hire may be ideal. Relax and immerse yourselves into life aboard a narrowboat or barge. Cruise the connected waterways on our boats as if they were yours. Find the freedom of the cruising life without deadlines and curtailments, slow-down and de-stress.

Try the Boating Life!

Thinking of a cruising life afloat? Planning an adventure in your retirement? Try before you buy! Hire one of our boats to discover whether the waterway of life is for you without all the capital outlay of buying a boat- we might even be able to sell you the boat you hired! Seize the opportunity to live aboard and cruise.

Expats Welcome!

Explore England’s heritage and tourist attractions from your own private accommodation. The canals connect many famous landmarks including London, Windsor, Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Warwick, Stratford, Manchester, Leeds and Llangollen. Plan an extended tour of the UK with your own pied-a-l’eau.

Just so as we all get off on the right footing please note that we do not hire to solo/single boaters – there must be two adults aboard whilst cruising. Nor do we hire the boats for use as a static liveaboard in a localised area: the boat must be seen to be properly continuously cruising.

Contact us for a bespoke quotation or to discuss your hopes and dreams for an adventure afloat.