December 13, 2017
By Beacon_PR

Waterways Holidays answers First-timers FAQs

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, has answered the questions it is most often asked in a blog post titled Newbie’s Guide to Boating

Waterways Holidays introduced over 16,000 ‘newbies’ to boating holidays in 2017.  The company credits TV programmes like ‘Great Canal Journeys’ and ‘Celebrity Carry On Barging’ for bringing holidays afloat to a new audience, and predicts further growth for 2018.

“We speak to many people planning their first boating holiday on Britain’s waterways, and as a team of experienced boaters ourselves, we know the answers to pretty much all the questions a newcomer may have. We can also add guidance on the most suitable choice of location to match our customers’ holiday aspirations.”

The most common questions – and the answers – are:

  1. Do I need previous experience? No: full training is always given on arrival.
  2. How many people can a boat accommodate? Narrowboats sleep a maximum of 12 people.
  3. Can I bring a pet? Dogs are welcome on the majority of boats. Other pets may also be accepted. “We have even had a tortoise, and a duck!” says Nigel.
  4. How long is a narrowboat? Boat length ranges from 32-70 feet. We usually recommend sticking to 60ft for your first hire.
  5. What about home comforts? Radiator central heating, a TV/DVD player, and WiFi can be found on many boats.
  6. What about self-catering? A full kitchen has an oven, hob and grill, along with all the cutlery and crockery needed.
  7. What about power? A lot of boats will have 240 volt electricity supply, so mobile phones can be charged using a regular three-pin socket. Other boats have a 12 volt system, or USB charger point.
  8. What about showers and loos? Bathrooms contain a toilet, shower and sink.
  9. How fast does a boat go? The maximum speed is 4mph, but it is polite to slow down when passing moored boats.
  10. What is it like? Boating is all about slowing down, so take your time, relax and enjoy the experience.

Narrowboat hire in 2018 through Waterways Holidays starts at £355 for a three-night weekend.

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Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400 offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.




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