Hirers leave our base at Saltisford and join the Grand Union Canal, then pass through the two locks at the Cape. Thence make the journey through Warwick and Leamington Spa and then through open countryside to Radford Semele bottom lock where they turn around and head back along the same route. The total journey time ( round trip) is about 5 to 6 hours.
(Please note we do not allow Saltie II to attempt the Hatton Flight)
Full boat handling instruction is given, and we hold the British Marine Federation Handover Audit Certificate as part of the Accredited Boatyard Scheme.
For safety, life jackets can be supplied for all those requiring them.
Saltie II was built locally in Warwickshire and is designed to enable everyone to get afloat regardless of mobility.
The 35 foot long boat is wider than a narrowboat at 9 feet, making it very stable and is extremely manoeuvrable.
Normally the hirers must include 3 able bodied adults to do the steering and work the locks.
Hirers are reminded it is illegal to steer a boat whilst under the influence of alcohol.
SaltieII has a raised stern area for tiller steering, giving good views of the passing countryside and a generous deck area which allows steering to be a social activity with plenty of space for the crew to stand and chat. The boat features a small kitchen area, with fridge, sink and two-burner gas hob; crockery and cutlery is provided. A nice idea is to pack a picnic to enjoy with family and friends aboard.
The main saloon has roll-up canvas sides and padded benches and a large front windscreen for forward views. Saltie II’s toilet is wheelchair accessible. To enable wheelchair access to the main saloon an hydraulic lift is located in the galley area and gives access to rear deck. Two benches fold to create space for up to 5 wheelchairs.
Saltie II is available to hire daily (9.30 am to 5.30pm), between March and October- subject to the canal being open to navigation. Summer weekends tend to be very popular and early booking is recommended.
Look out for lots of wildlife along the canal route.
Special rates are available for charities and bonafide community groups.