Welford Lock

If you’ve never driven a narrowboat before, boat operation can be a daunting part of your trip. When you first arrive at Union Wharf Marina, your dedicated trainer will show you how to operate your boat, but it helps to do a little preparation first.

We are building up a vault of Beginner Guides, especially for our hirers at Market Harborough. Click on the links for access to these. We will be compiling these over the winter of 2019, so do check back for updates.

Boat operation Beginner Guides

  • Setting off
  • Steering
  • Turning round
  • Mooring up (foolproof method)
  • Tying up a Boutique Narrowboat
  • Tying up a Day Boat
  • Changing a gas bottle
  • Going aground
  • Lighting the pot-bellied stove (Boutique Narrowboats)
  • Propeller tangled
  • Putting on a life jacket
  • Refilling with water
  • Reversing onto a finger mooring (Union Wharf)

If you are new to narrowboating, you might also be interested to read some of our Local Navigation guides before you arrive at Union Wharf for your holiday.

It is also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Canal and River Trust’s Boaters’ Handbook , a general guide to inland boating.

We offer all kinds of narrowboats, fromĀ Day Boats to Boutique Narrowboats and boats suitable for families. All our hires involve full training and we welcome complete beginners. As part of that training we will always explain how to use any waterways features that you’ll encounter by navigating from Market Harborough.