Phone: +44 1753 543930


Self Drive Boat Hire

Planning Your Holiday

Arrival Procedure

On your arrival, please check in at reception before boarding your boat. We aim to have all boats ready to board from 2.30pm. If your journey brings you to us earlier than this time, just pop into our office to let us know you have arrived and we will be able to update you with a time for boarding your boat. Then why not visit one of Datchet's pubs/restaurants for lunch or pick up some groceries from one of our village shops.


What To Bring ?

While packing your favourite choice of clothes, make sure you leave room for those all essentials, deck shoes or trainers are advisable when walking around the boat. A torch can come in handy when returning to your boat, after spending the evening visiting one of the Thames village pubs or restaurants. A first aid kit, and you may even wish to bring a waterproof coat or umbrella, just in case.


Food and Essentials

When it comes to food, please bear in mind the storage on a boat is not as spacious as your average home. Food for the first couple of days would be ideal, particularly fresh food as most fridges are about the size that would fit under your kitchen worktop, with a freezer compartment big enough for ice cubes and a small bag of frozen peas etc. To save space in your car, you can even have your food delivered direct to your boat by ordering online with either Sainsbury's, Ocado, Waitrose, Asda or Tesco. All we ask is that you have your food delivered after 1pm as we will be unable to put your food on-board your boat or put any cold items into your fridge before this time.


Electricity on Board

All of our boats are fitted with USB charging points which allows you to charge your mobile phones, Ipods, MP3 players, tablets and cameras etc. All of our 4 Star boats are fitted with an inverter supplying 240v with an output of up to 1500W, which your can also use with the above electronic items. We supply a travel hair dryer as most ladies hair dryers are too powerful to use and an iron on-board. All of our 5 Star boats are fitted with an inverter supplying 240v with an output of 2000W to run the microwave and vacuum on-board. Our 5 star Elite boats have a power supply between 2000W and 2500W.


Late Arrivals

If you are unable to arrive by 5pm, you can still board your boat but you may not be able to receive your trial run until the following morning. If you are going to arrive late, please telephone us on 01753 543930 with your arrival time so we can make arrangements for you to collect your keys and book a convenient time for your handover and trial run.



If you would like to receive any information, or cannot find what you are looking for, please call 01753 543930 (or from outside the UK, +44 1753 543930) or e-mail