Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions that we often receive to help you with your booking. If you don’t find your answer below however please feel free to drop us a line through the Contact Page

Q: Do you allow dogs aboard?

A: Yes, however dogs aren’t allowed on the bed or sofa and we do charge a dog surcharge of £30 per week. Also dogs must not be left alone in the boat when you are away from it, and whilst going through locks or swing / lift bridges they must be kept in the cabin for their safety.  We do not provide life jackets for dogs as it would be impossible to account for every size and bread, we would recommend ensuring that your dog has their own life jacket if you are going to bring them on your canal boat holiday.

Q: How many people can stay on the boat?

A: Gemini III can accommodate 4 people via a double bed in the cabin and a sofa which converts to a double bed in the lounge accommodating 4 people for overnight stays.

Raki Raki can accommodate 10 guests via 2 cabins with double beds, 4 single bunk beds & the dinette sofa area also converts to another double bed allowing for 10 people for overnight stays.

 

Q: Do you provide linen and towels?

A: Yes we provide bed linen, bath and hand towels as well as tea towels.

 

 

Q: What are the Check In and Check Out times?

A: Check in and check out is at set times. Check in is from 2pm and it is important that you arrive on time for this as your induction will start promptly at this time. Check out is at 9am. If you require a later or earlier check in or out then please enquire to see if we are able to accommodate your request, there will be a charge of 50% of a days hire for late / early check in or out at a time that differs from the 2pm check in or 9am check out, and is subject to availability of both the boat, and staff to conduct your handover.

Q: Will I be shown how to drive / sail the boat?

A: Yes you will receive a comprehensive induction and handover upon arrival at the boat. To be fully prepared

please see the Boaters Handbook Video or Download the Boaters Handbook PDF.

Q: Do you provide life jackets?

A: Yes we have a life jacket on board for each guest.

Q: Is there a TV / Radio?

A: There is a freeview TV and a DVD player on the boat. There is also a battery powered DAB digital radio aboard Gemini III and a built in stereo aboard Raki Raki.

Q: Can I use my own electric appliances?

A: Yes there is a gadget on the boat called an inverter, which enables the use of domestic mains fed 240 volt appliances. However, as this comes from the batteries on the boat that are 12 volt, there is a limit on the power output.

The inverter aboard Gemini and Raki Raki can only handle appliances that are a maximum power draw of 800 Watts. This means that hairdryers, kettles and other high power drawing appliances will not work.

The inverter should only be used whilst runnning the engine to recharge the batteries and only then for short periods of time.

Should you run out of battery charge due to over use of the inverter then this will damage the battery and electric system so please ensure that you pay close attention to the instructions given on your handover.

Q: Is there internet or wi-fi available?

A: No, the boat is a place to unwind, relax and switch off.  If you do need to get online most areas have good mobile signal, and several of the pubs along the route offer wi-fi.

Q: Is there anywhere to park my car during my stay aboard the boat?

A: Yes.  You will be provided with a parking permit for the duration of your stay.  Gemini III & Raki Raki are just a short walk down the tow path from the car park, we will meet you at the car park when you arrive and show you to the boat. Please remember to return the parking permit for the next guests to use or you will be asked to pay for a replacement, and any parking charges that subsequent guests incur until the replacement parking permit arrives.