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Boat Hire - Self drive

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Afloat boathire: Afloat Boat Hire is based at Kings Bromley Marina on the Trent & Mersey Canal, with plenty of routes to choose from you can plan your holiday.
Alvechurch Boat Centres: Holiday narrowboat hire from 7 bases. Also boat building and brokerage.
Andersen Boats: Boat hire based at Middlewich on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
Anglo Welsh: A large narrowboat hire company with a good choice of bases and boats.
Aqua Narrowboat Hire: Based on the Trent & Mersey Canal near Burton upon Trent.
Arlen Hire Boats: Four narrowboats from 3 to 6 berth based on the Lancaster Canal.
Ashby Boat Company: Hire boat company on the unspoilt and lock-free Ashby Canal.
The Association of Pleasure Craft Operators: The APCO is the main trade body for Inland Waterway Businesses, representing over 140 independent companies offering River and Canal Holidays.
Avon Canal Boat Hire: Based on the River Avon in Evesham, in the heart of Shakespeare country, just 15 miles down river from Stratford Upon Avon.
Banks Hire Boats: Based in Selby.
Bath & Dundas Canal Company: Boat hire and bed & breakfast at Dundas on the Kennet & Avon and Somerset Coal canals.
The Bath Canal Boat Company: A small canal boat hire business offering wide beam boats on the Kennet & Avon canal
Bath Narrowboats: Cruises on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
Beacon Park Boats: A small family run narrowboat hire company on the Monmouth & Brecon Canal in South Wales.
Bidford Boats: Hire boats based on the Warwickshire River Avon between Stratford-upon-Avon and Evesham.
Black Prince Holidays: Five bases, covering the canal system of England and Wales, with 80 narrowboats for hire.
Blackwater Boats: Canal holidays on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, the secret waterway of Essex.
Blisworth Tunnel Boats: Narrowboat hire on the Grand Union Canal
Boating Days: Canal boating holidays, full weeks, short breaks & day hire based at Acton Bridge on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
Bridge Boats: Boat hire based on the Thames at Reading.
Bridge Boatyard: Located in Ely, Cambridgeshire, on the River Great Ouse.
Calcutt Boats: Boat Hire and marina facilities based on the Grand Union Canal near Napton.
Caley Cruisers: Operate 13 different classes of hire cruisers on the Caledonian Canal.
Cambrian Cruisers: Boat hire on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.
Canal and Tipi Experience: Explore the historic Kennet and Avon Canal, from the Thames, through Reading, over the 29 locks of the Caen Hill Flight at Devises, to Bath and Bristol.
Canal Boat Escapes: A family run company hiring out a modern narrowboat on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Canal Boat Holidays: Canal boats to sleep 4 or to sleep 6, depending on the size of boat from seven bases.
Canal Breaks: Holiday hire boats based at Hilmorton Locks, close to Rugby, on the northern section of the Oxford Canal.
Canal Cruising: Canal Cruising is one of the oldest hire companies on the canals and after 50 years is still operated by the Wyatt family.
Canalboat Holidays Ltd: Narrowboat hire based at Weedon on the Grand Union Canal.
Canalbreaks.com: A family owned canal boat hire company offering self-drive narrowboat holidays from their Coventry base.
Canoe2 - Canoe Hire: Luxury Camping and Short Breaks on the River Nene in Northamptonshire
Capercaillie Cruisers: Canal Boat Hire in Scotland
Castle Narrowboats: Hire boats, including electric powered boats, based on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.
Caversham Boat Services: Cruisers for holiday hire and day boats on the River Thames.
Chas Hardern Boats: Narrowboat hire based at Beeston on the Shropshire Union Canal.
Chertsey Meads Marine: Thames boatyard with all the usual services plus boat hire.
Cheshire Cat Narrowboat Hire: Based at Swanley Bridge Marina on the Llangollen Canal.
Claymoore Navigation: Hire boats based at Preston Brook in Cheshire, where the Bridewater Canal meets the Trent & Mersey.
Clifton Cruisers: Narrowboat hire based on the Northern Oxford Canal near Rugby. Also boatyard services and boatfitting.
College Cruisers: Narrowboat hire based in the centre of Oxford on the Oxford Canal.
Copt Heath Wharf: Barston Lane near Catherine de Barnes, Solihull, West Midlands.
Cotswold Boat Hire: A small family company operating from the Trout Inn at Letchlade 0n the River Thames.
Country Craft Narrowboat Holidays: Holiday boat hire based by the five locks at Llangynidr, on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.
Countryside Cruising Holidays: Cruising on the 70 foot, 8 -10 berth narrowboat Lazy Days.
Countrywide Cruisers: A family run canal boat holiday operator based at Brewood in Staffordshire.
Crest Narrowboats: Narrowboat hire from bases on the Trent & Mersey and Llangollen canals.
Dragonfly Narrowboat Hire: A narrowboat hire company, based at Swanley Bridge Marina, on the Llangollen Canal.
Empress Holidays: Narrowboat hire based at Nantwich, Cheshire.
Farncombe Boat House: Boat hire, day boats boat sales, etc on the River Wey
Fox's Marina: Boat building, marina and hire boats based at March in the Middle Levels.
Foxhangers Canal Holidays: A family run business who have been providing holidays on the Kennet & Avon Canal since 1974.
Galleon Marine: Narrowboat hire on the Basingstoke Canal.
The Good Boat Company: A boat hire company and marine chandlery on the Norfolk Broads.
Guildford Boat House: Narrowboat hire on the Wey and Godalming Navigation.
Harmony Narrowboat Hire: Based at Evesham, on the River Avon for cruising to Stratford Upon Avon and the canal system which takes you onto the Stratford canal, Worcester & Birmingham canal and River Severn. The Avon Ring is available as a two week holiday only.
Hireboats2go: Hundreds of late booking canal holidays, selected from over 40 top quality family canal holiday firms across England, Wales and Scotland.
Holiday Narrowboats at Barton Turns: This site has been set up to offer unused Narrowboat holidays at Barton Turns Marina for rent, by owners not wishing to use their weeks.
Jannel Cruisers: Marina services and boat hire based at Burton upon Trent.
JD Boat Services: Produce narrowboats to all stages of completion and have hire boats and share boats.
Kate Boats: Well established firm of boatbuilders and hire boat operators.
Kennet Cruises: Self-drive day hire for up to 12 passengers and 4-berth narrowboat for holidays and period hire plus party charter hire for parties of up to 44 passengers.
Kris Cruisers: Twenty cruisers for hire at Datchet on the River Thames.
Lady Antonia of Pangbourne: A hire boat that has a double bedsit, galley with gas hob, fridge and oven, large walk-in shower room and flush toilet and sleeps two adults comfortably.
latelink.com: Live availability on Last minute boating holidays and short breaks in the UK, France & Ireland
Lee Valley Boat Centre: Offer short breaks or weekly holidays aboard 2 - 12 berth narrow and wide beam self-drive and day boats from their base in North East London.
Luxury Afloat: Blithe Spirit is a beautiful 58' semi traditional narrowboat for self drive river and canal holidays. Based on the River Soar between Loughborough and Kegworth at Zouch marina.
Maestermyn Cruisers: Together with Welsh Lady Cruisers hire boats from their base on the Llangollen Canal
Marine Cruises: Operate from three canal holiday bases, on the Llangollen Canal at Swanley Marina, on the Trent & Mersey Canal Kings Bromley Marina near Lichfield and at their Scotish Base at the foot of the Falkirk Wheel.
Messing About on The River: Trip boat and day hire boats on the Bristol Avon.
Middlewich Narrowboats: Hire boats based on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
Moonraker Narrowboat Company: Medusa is a luxury canal boat on the Kennet and Avon near Bath.
Napton Narrowboats: Hire boats at two Bases in the UK on the South Oxford and Shropshire Union Canals
Narrowboat Zinfandel: Zinfandel is a 46-foot Sea Otter aluminium narrowboat, launched in 2003. Her home mooring is in Chesterton on the River Cam. She is available for hire by experienced boaters who will promise to treat her nicely.
Nene Valley Boats: Holiday narrowboat hire for days, short breaks, weeks or longer from our base near the historic market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire
Norfolk Broads Crewed Cruising: Holidays on a crewed boat on the Broads.
On the Wey Narrowboat Hire: A small, family business which offers holidays aboard their luxury self drive narrowboat Box of Delights.
Oxfordshire Narrowboats: Two to twelve berth narrowboat holidays on the South Oxford Canal.
Paper Mill Lock: Canal cruises along the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation aboard Victoria or hire a boat.
Pennine Cruisers: Boat hire based at Skipton on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Reading Marine Company: Boat builders and boat hire.
Red Line Boats: Boat hire on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.
Road House Narrowboats: Boat hire based at Gilwern on the Mon & Brec.
The Roving Boat Co: A small family run company hiring Seamaster 27ft Cruisers on the River Thames
Saisons: Boat hire business that is run as part of the Canal Shop at Whilton Locks on the Grand Union Canal.
Sally Boats Ltd: Sally Boats, based in of Bradford on Avon on the Kennet and Avon Canal, has a fleet of 16 narrow boats
Saltway Narrowboat Hire.co.uk: A family-run narrowboat hire company located at Droitwich Spa Marina on the beautifully restored Droitwich Junction Canal.
Savanna Canal Boat Hire: Enjoy a family boating holiday aboard an eight berth holiday canal boat based on the River Wey & Godalming Navigations in Surrey. Starting from Guildford.
Sherborne Wharf: Based in Birmingham city centre Heritage Narrow Boats offer hire boats from here and from Scholar Green on the Maccelesfield Canal.
Shire Cruisers: Hire boats based at Sowerby Bridge where the Calder & Hebble meets the Rochdale Canal.
Sileby Mill Boatyard: Holiday narrowboat hire and day boats. Situated on the rural River Soar, part of the Grand Union Canal.
Silsden Boats: Canal boat holidays on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Snaygill Boats: Hire boats based on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Skipton.
Spirit of Endeavour: A luxury wide beam canal hire boat on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Starline Narrowboats: Since 1980 they have provided narrowboat holidays from their base at Upton upon Severn on the River Severn.
Teddesley Boat Co: Narrowboat hire on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.
Thorn Marine: Boat Hire and boating services on the Bridgewater Canal.
Tradcraft: Have two brand new fully fitted traditional tug-style narrow boats named Thomas and Brunel.
Union Canal Carriers Ltd.: The Adventures fleet of 2-12 berth boats for everyone from a small family to a large school party.
Valley Cruises: A small family operated business based at Nuneaton on the Coventry Canal.
Viking Afloat: Four bases (Worcester, Whitchurch on the Llangollen Canal, Rugby and Gailey) hiring narrowboats.
Warwick Wanderer: Day boat hire based on the Grand Union Canal between Hatton and Napton Junction close to Leamington Spa.
Water Babies Luxury Holidays Afloat: Holiday hire on the Lancaster Canal.
Waterways Holidays.com: Searches a database of self-drive hire boats to check availability instantly for preferred holiday dates.
Wessex Narrowboats: Hire fleet on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Trowbridge.
West Highland Sailing: A large hire fleet of both yachts and cruisers based on the Caledonian Canal and the lochs it connects.
Wharf House Narrowboats: A builder of distinctive and bespoke narrowboats situated in an historic canalside building at the Bottom Lock in Braunston.
White Horse Boats: Boat hire operating from Devizes Wharf on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
Willow Wren Cruising Holidays: Group hire of 10 or 12 berth narrowboats. Based on the North Oxford Canal at Rugby.
Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd: Narrowboat hire based at Leighton Buzzard on the Grand Union Canal.
York Marine Services: Boating services on the River Ouse including holiday hire cruisers and day-hire boats.

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