Canal Boat Operation

people operating a canal boat

If you’ve never driven a canal boat 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.

These Beginner Guides have been written especially for our hirers at Market Harborough. Click on the links for access and do check back as we update this page.


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, from 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.