Dayboat Hire



Mallard is a spacious Nelson 18. The boat has space for 6 people on-board, with a small cockpit and cosy cabin.  She has an outboard engine and simple controls making the boat easy to operate.

Full instructions will be given to hirers before they depart,along with a map of the river and suggestions for the best places to stop.  On rainy days, the boat has a full cockpit canopy.  If required, the boat has a porta-potty under one of the seats in the cabin.

At 18ft long, she is small enough to explore the river above Stratford, but big enough to navigate the locks downstream to reach the beatiful stretches of the river below Stratford, towards Luddington, Welford-on-Avon, and even as far as Barford. The boat has no cooking facilities, but is ideal for a picnic afloat, or a visit to one of the pubs on the river.


Hire Periods

Hired by the day, or half day, the boat is available from 10:00.  Please allow 30 minutes at the start of your trip for some guidance on the river, safety briefing, use of the locks and to familiarise you with the boat.  The use of locks is an important part of your hire as without them you will not be able to enjoy the full alloted time of your booking.

Boats are to be returned 18:00hrs, but may be returned at a later time by arrangement with us at an additional hourly rate.  The boats may be booked for a half-day hire on weekdays only, not on weekends or Bank Holidays.





Weekends & Bank Holidays

Day Hire (8 hours)
1/2 Day Hire (4 hours)

 Shorter Dayboat hire



Moorhen is also a Nelson 18 with space for 6. Moorhen is designed for shorter trips and as such has the same cockpit and cabin, but no cockpit canopy.

She has an outboard engine and simple controls making the boat easy to operate.

Full instructions will be given to hirers before they depart, along with a map of the river and a safety briefing.
Moorhen can be hired for either 45 minutes, or 1 hour and 45 minutes. Hires commence on the hour and MUST be bought back promptly.  This allows for a smooth changeover and the next customer is not kept waiting.  Any lateness will result in a deduction of your deposit.


1 hour


2 hour


Deposit - £50.00



To book our boats, please use our online booking system, following the click through button below. Select the day yo want and, if available, you can book the day.  Hire charge is paid for online, with the deposit of £100.00 for the Mallard and £50.00 for Moorhen required on the day.  Cancellation can be made up to 14 days before the hire date without loss of your deposit.  Less than 14 days before hire may result in an admin fee being charged.

Please read our Day Boat Terms and Conditions before booking. By making a booking through our online booking system you automatically accept all Terms and Conditions.


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