Heart Of England Narrowboat Experience Days.

At Heart of England Narrowboats we realise that whether you're considering a canal boat break or even looking to purchase your own narrowboat that proper experience is essential to your enjoyment and safety whilst using the inland waterways. Our managing director is an RYA qualified Yacht Master Cruising Instructor and our operations manager is a qualified RYA Day Skipper. Between them they have over 60 years experience of both offshore and inland boating on sea, rivers and canals. Both have been fulltime liveaboards on their own boats and both have cruised the networks single handed.

With all of this in mind we decided to offer a narrowboat experience day from our base at Hinksford in Staffordshire. The day gives you the opportunity to explore the techniques required for safe boat handling, lock operation and provides guidance on essential boat maintenance and regulations. We will also take you through some of the essential etiquette requirments for happy inland boating.


9.30am - Arrive at Hinksford Wharf.
10.30am - Onto the boat: Pre-start boat checks, basic knots, inland rules, etiquette and setting off.
11.15am - Boat handling and approaching a lock, lock entering, operation and departure.
11.30am - Time to cruise.
12.30pm - Mooring up and securing the boat, lunch (Provided) and review.
1.15pm - Time to cruise and winding (Turning the boat).
3.30-4pm - Back to base, post cruise checks and debrief.

Experience prices (Including lunch and experience materials) are:

- £195 for 1 participant.
- £220 for 2 participants.
- £245 for 3 participants.
-£260 for 4 participants.

Experience days are available weekdays or weekends but are very limited. Call Neil & Rob now on 0800 009 6766 to discuss available dates and for any further information. 

Please note that these are experience days only and you will not recieve a qualification or certificate at the end of the day. If you decide to take the plunge and invest in a canal boat holiday from Heart of England Narrowboats, all Participants will recieve a 10% discount from their booking*

*Not to be used in conjunction with any other current offers.

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Company Details

Sail & Trail Trading as:
Heart of England Narrowboats
Hinksford Wharf
Hinksford Lane

Registered Office Address:
Curzon Street Business Centre
Curzon Street
Burton upon Trent
DE14 2DH

Vat No 930 4992 14
Registered as a company in England no 5803069
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