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Narrowboat Escapes

Braunston, United Kingdom
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About Narrowboat Escapes
We are a traditional narrowboat hire and training centre based at the heart of England’s waterways. Our base is within 'Braunston Marina' the former historic boat yard, near Daventry in Northamptonshire. Our boats have traditional engines so if you’re looking to hire a boat that doesn’t look or sound like an average hire boat, we may have just what you are looking for.
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BellowingFoghorn wrote a review Aug 2021
Spalding, United Kingdom36 contributions30 helpful votes
Just had a week on Driftwood, a boat for the those who appreciate and respect canal history. A 75 year old Ailsa Craig RF2 engine awaits you in a full size engine room and it will need grease nipples attending to each morning . This boat will garner admiration from those who know their Russel-Newburys from their Gardners. I've been hiring boats for decades but I learnt a lot this last week. Hand over is very thorough and you undertake a short introductory cruise to familiarise yourselves with rod controls and the speed wheel. Thank you for this unique opportunity Martin.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Paul S wrote a review Apr 2021
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New Boat Owner with zero experience. After first day I was able to navigate a crowded marina and tie up. By the end of the 2nd day I was confident to handle the locks and tunnel as a solo boater. Excellent tuition and approach to the subject. Highly recommended and thanks for 2 very memorable days.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Andreas K wrote a review Oct 2020
Redruth, United Kingdom3 contributions
My girlfriend and I had a brilliant trip on the Oxford Canal a few weeks ago in Driftwood. Having been boating for a number of years with more modern engines, taking a trip on a traditional boat with a vintage engine was an extra special treat. Martin at Narrowboat Escapes was very helpful and knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble throughout our stay. We could tell that the boat is very well loved and in great working order. If you are new to boating, they also run great courses to get you started. We would definitely love to come back!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Mark G wrote a review Oct 2020
Cardiff, United Kingdom2 contributions
We completed a two day training course with Martin on his traditional narrowboat. What an experience!! Superb!! This was the first time we have driven a narrowboat and what an excellent course it was. Covering steering, emergency stops, winding hole turning, locks, tunnels and basic boat maintenance, it gave us all the confidence then to go on our first narrowboat holiday. we thoroughly recommend Martins course to novice and experienced boaters too.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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A n K wrote a review Sep 2019
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We have completed 3 days of training with Martin who has been an excellent and very informative trainer. We had no experience of boating, but now feel confident taking our boat out on the canals. The training was on our own boat, which was really good to get used to handling her, and we had a variety of experiences which Martin worked through with us. He is very patient, very knowledgeable and we would very highly recommend his training days.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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