PERFECT BOAT FOR COUPLES: GREAT FOR SMALLER FAMILIES ON A BUDGET
These centrally heated boats offer super-comfy and cosy accomodation for a couple, featuring comfy lounge chairs and a folding chair/table set for dining indoors or alfresco. For a family on a budget the lounge chairs fold out to form two single beds suitable for children/smaller adults. The bathroom features a bath/shower and the 6ft 6" double bed has a memory foam mattress. The cruiser stern offers seating and space for all the party to cruise together and there's a cockpit at the front of the boat for those who wish to while away the hours quietly enjoying the ever-unfolding vista as they cruise along.
The plans provided are a guide to the possible arrangement of beds - options are:- 1 Permanent Double, 1 Permanent Double & 2 Fold-down Singles for children/ small adults
Stylish and Spacious for Couples – perfect for Romantic or City Breaks, honeymoons (we have hosted several!) and just as suitable for longer cruising holidays
Great Value for Money for a Small Family - The two easy chairs double as fold-down single beds by night for the children. A fold-out gateleg dining table seats four with folding chairs: it can even be moved outdoors for alfresco dining if you prefer...
As with all the Oxfordshire Narrowboats fleet these boats were designed and built by us at Heyford Wharf based on years of boating and boat hiring experience. We were the first company to standardise our fleet with ‘reverse layout’ narrowboats which mean that the living area is at the rear of the boat allowing a more sociable cruising experience with the steerer and crew not being at opposite ends of the boat! All of our boats feature super-silenced, economical, modern marine diesel engines with plenty of power for river work on the Thames, Kennet, and Avon. They are widely regarded as some of the easiest handling holiday hire narrowboats around.....and don’t forget that Oxfordshire Narrowboats offer the most friendly, comprehensive boat handling training afloat!
A level cruiser stern deck (which means that there is lots of space to socialise with family and friends...and the skipper!) makes for easy boarding. Through the handcrafted glazed hardwood rear cabin doors there are three steps down to the cabin which is all on one level and has 6ft 6” headroom at the centre, fully carpeted except in galley and bathroom areas which feature non-slip safety lino.
Stepping inside, the lounge/saloon features two easy chairs which can be used as fold-down single beds if required for smaller/ younger guests. The DVD TV is located here, as are the 240V sockets. There’s a breakfast bar with shelves and a cupboard under, leading into the compact galley which nonetheless features a standard domestic 4-hob gas cooker and under-counter electric fridge – fully equipped with all kitchenware and crockery, cutlery & glassware for up to 4pp. We also include dishwashing kit and a complementary starter kit of rubbish bags, soaps and toilet rolls -we feature Ecover cleaning products to do all we can to care for the environment.
Moving forward, the bathroom (toilet, washbasin, shower and small bath) is to one side of a short corridor before you reach the main bedroom (fixed/ double bed) and then to the front door which opens out into a seated bow cockpit.
Storage consists of a wardrobe (hangers provided) in the main bedroom, a low-level hanging/kitchen cupboard under the breakfast bar, and two heated cupboards on the rearmost cabin wall which are ideal for coats, drying items, boots etc.
Central Heating is provided by a diesel heater powering radiators...and the cabin is also spray-foam insulated throughout.
Hot Water is by simply provided means of the main boat engine running each day – but the diesel heating also can top this up as required.
Drinking Water enough tanked drinking water for at least two full days’ cruising even if you both have a daily shower. (We’ll show you how and where to refill the water tank when we show you round on arrival).
Lighting We were the first hirefleet to standardise on low-power eco-friendly LED lighting throughout – soft LEDs for the bedroom areas, brighter LEDs for the galley and bathrooms. Individual berth lights.
240V Electricity is powered from an inverter which itself uses battery power: the maximum load is up to 800W so is suitable for appliance charging and lower powered hair straighteners/ dryers etc. The inverter cannot be left on overnight and for this reason we do not recommend reliance on 240V for health-critical medical machines e.g. breathing/ sleep apnoea etc etc. Note that the 240V sockets are at the rear of the lounge only.