Narrowboat hire

Dawn Mist - ring 0800 009 6944 ( Monday to Friday 9 - 5)  / 07557 262123 (out of hours) for details, price and availability.







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New to narrowboating?

Narrowboat holidays are an extremely friendly way of enjoying your next holiday. From the moment, you arrive in our Glascote base and board your boat for the first time until the moment you depart you will find everyone connected with your holiday both friendly and helpful


We are always pleased to show prospective customers through the boats – we feel that they sell themselves! If you would like to come and see the boat that you are considering booking, please give us a ring before you visit so that we can advise when it might be available. We even offer pre-holiday training/introduction days if you feel this would help


We will take time to familiarise you to your chosen boat, advise on routes, mooring places, locks and pubs(!). You will be accompanied as you cast off for the first time to ensure that you are comfortable with handling the boat, and then just to get you in the mood after 25m we will take you through your first two locks. (it really isn’t difficult!). We want you to enjoy your holiday with us, and you will be more likely to do that if you are confident about taking control of your boat.


Planning your trip is all part of the fun. With the amount of information available on line now, you will be able to plan it down to every detail including the all-important pub stops. We can if required supply you with guide and we are always available to help. Our location on the Coventry canal, means a lot of customers will take in the Warwickshire Ring. This can be covered in an energetic week, but we feel to get the best from the trip and to take the best route through Birmingham a 10-day trip will be best.


Below are just a few of the many questions we get asked, it’s not them all but hopefully should answer a few of yours. Please feel free to call or e mail us with any questions you may have.

Is the speed limit really 4 mph?

Yes. You need to get used to the idea that you can enjoy life by going relatively slowly. 4 mph is a comfortable walking pace, so someone on the bank can keep up with you. The speed is set to minimize damage to canal banks, and disturbance to the whole host of wildlife that the canal is home to. Why would you want to go faster and perhaps miss something?

And slower past moored boats?

To allow the comfort of the people on the moored boats, we strongly suggest slowing down to a tick over when passing moored boats or fishermen (take care of fishermen’s long poles!) It is likely that if someone is shouting at you that you are moving too fast it’s because you are – just get into the slow way of life (you will enjoy it)

I’ve never done this before – will I cope? You need to have someone in your group able to cope with the locks, which must be pushed, pulled and the paddles “wound”, and someone needs to be able to pop on and off the boat easily to pull ropes and get the boat into position sometimes. 

Are canal holiday children friendly?

Quite simply the answer is yes. Children will love how involved they can be, not only on the boat but in the route planning as well. Our canals are also part of our history so the trip will be educational as well.

What to bring with me?

Bring a torch, sensible shoes, casual clothing and don’t forget your towels, we only provide towels for overseas visitors. When you have paid, you will receive a complete inventory of what’s on board each boat. We also provide a welcome pack for every hire, which includes toilet rolls, Tea Towels, Washing Up liquid, scourers etc.

Can I bring my pet?

We welcome pets on board, but please keep them under control at all times and off the furniture. A small charge is made for each pet.

Is there a fridge?

There is a fridge on board, with small freezer compartment.

What sort of cooking is on board?

There is a full size 4 burner gas cookers with oven and grill. We also supply all cooking utensils and boats are now equipped with a microwave.

What about heating?

Your boat has full central heating that can be left on 24 hours a day if needed.

Are there electric sockets?

The boat has 230v electric with normal 3 pin sockets, there is a limit to what it can run, but fine for charging electrical kit, and a bit more. We supply the hair dryer. If you can’t live without straighteners it will run those.

Have you got internet?

If you can’t live without your daily fix of the internet, then we suggest that most days Wi-Fi will be available at pubs throughout your trip. We have installed on board Wi-Fi but this may not be available in all locations. As a suggestion, why not have at least one gadget free day whilst on your holiday.

What if I must cancel my holiday?

As with any holiday, holiday insurance is an essential part of it. We suggest that you make sure your insurance covers you for this. Please read our terms and conditions for full details of our cancellation policy.

All Male/Female party’s?

We do accept bookings from all male/female partys , however they are subject to a £100 per person security deposit payable prior to the holiday. The main hirer must be over the age of 21

When will my boat be ready?

Your boat will be ready around 2.30pm on the first day of your holiday. Handover procedures take about 90 minutes. The boat must be returned no later than 9.00am on the last day of your holiday and vacated by 9.30am. This is to allow us to clean, service and generally get the boat ready for the next hirer. This takes us about 4 hours, so we really do have no lee way.

Is there Parking?

We can accommodate up to two cars per hire FOC. Please leave your keys in case of emergency. Cars are parked at owner’s risk

Can I go fishing?

Fishing is allowed on rivers and canals provided you have an Environment Agency rod licence, which is available on-line or from any post office (except when fishing is prohibited on rivers between 15th March and 15th June). Many clubs will not object to fishing from boats but some may require you to buy a day ticket. Live bait must not be taken on board the boat.

Terms and conditions

Please read these conditions carefully. They are part of the hire agreement and describe your rights as well as your responsibilities to the company

For the purpose of these conditions the hirer refers to all parties over 18 years of age named on the hire agreement. If there is more than one of you, you shall each be individually responsible for complying with these terms and any conditions written on your booking forms.

1.Bookings: A boat is not reserved until the completed Booking Form, together with a deposit of 25% (to the nearest £) of the total hire fee, has been received by Sail & Trail Ltd and confirmed by email or in writing. We accept payment by debit card, Credit Card, Amex or by BACS (account details supplied on request)

2.Balance of hire fee: The balance of the hire fee shall be paid not later than 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the hire period. Bookings made less than 8 weeks before travel should be accompanied by the full amount.

3.Cancellation: The agreement is a legally binding contract and can only be cancelled in accordance with these conditions. If you want to cancel your booking you must give the company written notice, the date this is received will be the effective date of cancellation. We suggest that you make sure your holiday insurance covers cancellations. The company will make the following charges for cancellation, depending on the date that the cancellation note is received. However, the company will take reasonable steps to re hire the boat, if this is achieved only the deposit proportion of loss to the company will be charged.

More than 60 days – Loss of the 25% deposit (including any parts not yet received)

40 – 59 days – 50% of the total hire cost

25 – 39 days – 70% of the total hire cost

8 – 24 days – 85% of the total hire cost

7 days or less – 100% of the total hire cost

4.Changes to bookings: Once your booking has been confirmed, changes to dates and/or boat may be made up to 6 weeks before the start of your holiday for a £50.00 administration fee.

5 Hirers: Bookings cannot be accepted from persons under 21 years of age. We reserve the right to refuse to hand over the boat to any person or group who in our opinion are not suitable to take charge. In this situation, all money paid will be refunded in full and the hirer shall have no further claim on the company. We may levy a deposit per person on single sex bookings.

6.Insurance: Sail & Trail Ltd insures the boat and its equipment, and the hirer’s liability to other parties. The policy does not cover personal accident or the hirer’s personal belongings and hirers are advised to make their own adequate personal insurance arrangements.

7.Hirer’s property: We regret that we cannot accept any liability for loss or damage to hirer’s property, baggage, motor cars etc., however caused. (Keys for cars parked in our yard must be left for safety reasons)

8. Repairs to hire craft: These are the responsibility of Sail & Trail ltd and shall not be arranged without our authority.

9.Booking period: Boats are booked from 2.30pm on the first day of your hire and must be returned by 9.00am on the final day of your hire (see point 11). You must notify the company as soon as possible if you know your estimated arrival time is delayed or disrupted as this may lead to difficulties and delays in making your boat available to you. There will be no rebate if you fail to arrive at our base in office hours and we will not be responsible for any extra cost this may incur.

10.Handover: After a verbal briefing and a suitably sufficient on boat training session, the hirer will be responsible for the safe operation of the boat and the security of its equipment. (we will offer as much on boat training as is deemed necessary). Please make sure you have read any information sent to you prior to your holiday start date.

11.Return of boats: Boats must be returned to the base they were collected from by 9.00 am on the final day of hire and vacated by 9.30am in a clean condition. It is your responsibility to allow sufficient time to ensure a timely return to our base. A surcharge of £50.00 per hour for late return of boats may be levied. Hirers are responsible for refuse disposal before vacating the boats. We reserve the right to make a reasonable charge if the boat is returned dirty.

12.Hirer’s responsibility: The hirer is in complete charge of the boat and is responsible for its safe navigation. The only maintenance to be carried out is checking engine oil, lubricating stern tube and clearing weed hatches. Children are not permitted to handle the boat without adult supervision. The hirer shall always comply with the by-laws of the Canal and Rivers Trust or the appropriate Navigation Authority. The hirer is responsible for any claim made for loss of water or damage caused by improper use of lock paddles or apparatus and for any claim made for damage due to excessive speed or improper navigation. Boats may not cruise between the hours of sunset and sunrise without the prior consent of Sail and Trail Ltd. The hirer shall not enter tidal waters or tow other vessels without the prior consent of Sail and Trail Ltd. No boat shall navigate under flood conditions. The hirer shall not allow any more than the permitted number of persons on board as this will invalidate the insurance firearms, live bait, dinghies or canoes will not be allowed on board under any circumstances. Bicycles may be permitted on board in certain situations, but only with written permission of Sail & Trail Ltd. In the event of an accident or incident the hirer must promptly notify Sail & Trail Ltd with the full details and names and addresses of witnesses. Do not admit liability under any circumstances. Take as many photographs of the incident as possible.

13. Group Bookings and unsuitable hirers: Change of crews during the hire period is not permitted except with prior permission from the company. The company may at its discretion cancel the booking or refuse to hand over the boat to any person or group who in its opinion is not suitable to take charge on the grounds of ill health, disability, inexperience, suspected influence of alcohol or drugs or for any other reason. In this event the company will refund all money paid and the contract will be discharged without further liability on either party. The company may repossess the boat at any time if in the opinion of the company the hirer is unsuitable for any of the reasons given above or if the hirer is not behaving responsibly or if the boat or any person is being put at risk. In this event the hirer shall remain liable to pay the full hire price and no refund shall be due.

14.Delays or restrictions: Sail & Trail Ltd cannot be held liable for any delays or non fulfillment of bookings caused by breakdowns, unforeseen defects, obstructions, water shortage, repairs to damage to either our own boats or the waterways system. If unusual conditions arise we reserve the right to restrict the cruising area without notice. If we are unable to provide the boat booked or a suitable alternative, we will refund all money paid in full and the hirer shall have no further claim.

15.Brochure: All descriptions, maps and diagrams are for information only; boats and layouts may differ slightly as we constantly update our fleet for your benefit.

16. Changes to Hire/collection base: The company reserves the right to change the places of handover and return for operational reasons, including change of boats if necessary. In such event except in the case of emergency the company shall be obliged to give you written notice of the change in sufficient time to allow any necessary re-planning of your itinerary and for you to organise any transport which is reasonably necessary for you and your party.

17. Toilets: In the event of an engineer being called out because of negligent misuse of lavatory facilities a fixed charge of £100 (one hundred pounds) may be made by the company to you. Hires of two weeks or more will be informed of toilet pump out procedures.

18.Call outs: You shall be responsible for getting the boat off mud banks or other grounding and for removal of weeds, rope or other matter from propellers and steering gear and for keeping the company informed of any incidents of this nature. In the event of an engineer being called out for any of these reasons by you, a fixed charge of £100 (one hundred pounds) may be made by the company to you.

19. Fuel & Gas: The boat will be handed over to you with a full tank of fuel and two bottles of gas. This is sufficient for a two week hire with normal usage. Any further requirements for fuel are at the hirers own expense.

20. Pets: Pets are allowed and are very welcome on certain boats with the company's permission. You must give notice of any pets you wish to bring at the time of making the booking. The company's charges for pets are set out in the brochure. You must provide any pet baskets, food, drink, bowls, blankets or cages required. All pets must be properly house trained or caged as appropriate, must never be left unattended, and must not be allowed on bedding or upholstery. Pets and pet damage are not covered under the Company's insurance policy and you will be liable for any damage or loss caused by them or any additional cleaning.

21.. Inventory: Any shortcomings in inventory discovered during the hire period must be notified to the company as soon as practically possible so, as to afford the company the opportunity to rectify the matter. You will be responsible for the cost of replacing or repairing any items on the inventory which are missing or damaged at the end of the hire period.

22. Operating Manual/Guide: All our boats have on board a full operational manual/guide which is full of useful information and daily tasks, along with navigational and canal rules. Please make sure all members of your party read it. Incidents arising from non-compliance of items that are clear in this manual will become the responsibility of the hirer and not Sail & Trail Ltd. 

Info on the Warwickshire ring

On the link below you are able to plan a route around the Warwickshire ring

The links below have information on sights to see around the Warickshire ring