Here at Venetian Hire boats we love our boats. We love the layout, the comfort, the cleanliness and the fabulous night’s sleep we get. We love the big king size beds with fluffy pillows and snugly duvet. We are a family run business and so work very hard to present our boats in the manner that we would want to find them. We hope you love them as much as we do.

Lady Isabella (2) Serenissima (2)
Casanova (2) Lady Sophia (2/4)
Columbina (4/6) Don Giovani (6)


Our fleet is small but growing and being based at the Venetian Marina, we had the perfect theme for our fleet. We are all 6ft tall and so have always found canal boats to be great fun but very cramped- especially the beds. Our first priority has always been comfort, convenience and a relaxing ambiance. Therefore, on all of our boats you will enjoy;

Kingsize beds 


All of our boats have king size beds at the front with snugly duvets, fluffy pillows (3 each if you want) and a privacy door to shut yourself away. If you value your sleep, we are sure you will enjoy our boats.

Satellite or Digital Freeview TV

Wow, TV in bed !!!!!
Wow, TV in bed !!!!!

All of our boats have either “Travelsat” or freeview TV so no matter where you are you should always get good reception. The canal routes are notorious for poor TV reception so we have tried to eliminate that frustration. Full instructions are on each boat.

No Surcharges

When you get to the prices page, you will find that we just do NOT do surcharges. Over the years we have found all the extra charges levied by hire companies to be a source of real frustration. We decided that we will not allow our customers to suffer the same frustrations. So, what you see is what you pay. That’s it.

Welcome pack

There is always the chance that you’ll forget to bring something with you and there is nothing worse than setting off without tea, sugar, milk, or even worse, a glass of wine or beer. We provide a few basics to ensure that you do not need to worry if you forget something. You can set off and start to enjoy your holiday and pick them up later.

Chocolate Fairy chocolatefairy

We are lucky. Here at Venetian, we have found that the Chocolate Fairy visits every boat before it departs. How lucky are we?

When you unpack you’ll find we have anticipated your storage needs, with plenty of wardrobes and drawer space and you will find a fully stocked galley. It has full cooking facilities (gas oven and grill) with a fridge, plus a very comprehensive inventory of kitchen cutlery, crockery and pans.


We have provided a very comprehensive inventory of equipment on our boats to help you have a relaxing and comfortable holiday which even includes bath towels. Click here to see the full inventory and click here to see details of your welcome pack.

Bed linen is of course provided with extra pillows to ensure you are as snugly as at home. We also provide freshly laundered towels in the bathroom to reduce your luggage burden.

All come equipped with full central heating, hot and cold running water, flushing toilets, wash basin , shower and a full tank of fuel.

The boat controls are as simple as can be – start/stop, forward/reverse, left/right.

We provide full Canal and River trust approved on–board training before you depart on how to operate the boat, handle the locks and Canal etiquette.


We love our boats and would love you to think the same so please help us to keep them clean and fresh by not smoking inside any of our boats.


Dave on holiday in France last year
Dave on holiday in France last year

ALL of our boats are are doggy friendly and we will even supply a doggy life jacket if you wish. We consider “Dave the Dog” to be part of the family and there are no extra charges for members of the family.


Our boats are specifically equipped and set out in order to afford you as much comfort and convenience as we possibly can. To start with, they are all of the “reverse” layout from the traditional narrowboat layout. That means the bed is at the front and the galley at the back so communication is improved while cruising and quite simply, the bed is bigger. Traditional narrowboats have the bed at the back which is narrow and cramped and gets wet when the weather is bad. Our boats all have King size beds at the front which will give you a good night’s sleep.

We do 2,4 & 6 berth boats so that you have all the comforts of home. Our 2 berth boats have armchairs instead of bench seats so you can relax properly in the evenings and watch the big screen satellite TV. Our 4 berth boats have a dividing door to the front bedroom so you can ensure your privacy.

Our Canal Boat Layout


All boats come equipped with Central heating, showers, baths (small), flushing toilets, drinkable water supplies (our boats have stainless steel water tanks) full size gas cookers, slow cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge with ice box, TV, DVD, Radio, CD player, bed linen, towels and bathroom floor towels.


And new for 2016 – 

wifi (1)

We have fitted 4G Wifi to all of our boats so you can stay connected with your family and friends and send them the fabulous photos you take on your holiday. The password is in the boat manual.


Of course, in order to navigate the canals you need the right equipment. All of our boats have all of the equipment you will need such as windlasses, BW keys, mooring pins, hammers etc  and you will receive a full briefing and appropriate training on how to use them before you set off on your holiday.

We also provide waterproof capes, and umbrella and a torch and just because we can,…….  a teddy and hot water bottle. Ted loves his hot water bottle.

If you have any specific questions, please visit the Q&A page. If not, please just email us at [email protected] and we will respond as soon as we can.

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