Frequently asked questions
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Answers to all of those niggly questions you might have
I’ve never driven a narrow boat before, how easy is it?
Narrow boats are relatively easy to manoeuvre. You travel very slowly, a maximum of 4 mph. When you arrive at your boat, Mark and Lynda will spend as much time with you as you need to feel comfortable handling the boat. You'll be taught about driving, turning, dealing with bridges and locks and instructed on what to do if anything goes wrong. Once you're confident, you can take the boat off on your own.
Remember to appoint a skipper from your group before you reach us. He or she will be responsible for the boat and the crew while you're on your holiday and will be the main contact for us at Lazy Daze Cruises.
If you'd like some more experience before your holiday, we offer orienteering days throughout the year for £90 a head where you can join other novices, and under expert tuition, spend some time driving the boat. The day starts at 10 am and finishes at 4 pm and includes a hearty lunch.
How far can I travel in a day?
If you travel at an average of 3 mph and allow yourself 15 minutes for each lock you go throught it should give you an idea of the distance you might travel in a day. Most people would travel and average of 5 -6 hours a day. There are lots of route maps available for the Kennet and Avon so you can plan you route. Canal and Rivers Trust, Kennet and Avon
What’s included in the price?
Lazy Daze Cruises offers you a luxury cruise. You'll start with a full tank of diesel. Coal is included as is all your bedding, towels, toiletries, life jackets, waterproofs, walkie talkies, torch, crockery, cutlery, glasses, kitchen utensils, pots and pans. There will be a welcome pack on arrival with all you need for a quick evening snack and breakfast the following morning and a cleaning pack with washing up liquid, bin liners, scourers... There are bath robes, luxury silk bedding and cotton sheets, WI-FI, widescreen tv, SMART TV box, bluetooth speakers, a big collection of films and games, a vintage Bang and Olufsen record deck and plenty of records, and a bottle of fizz and the best belgian chocolates. Have a look at what else is included.
What do I need to bring with me?
Bring the clothes you want for the holiday and be prepared for all weathers. There are wardrobes and drawers in both bedrooms, You won't need to bring much else. Make sure you have Non-slip shoes, sun cream (for the summer) and an umberella. If you bring pets please bring their feeding bowls, bedding etc. You might want to bring some of your own toiletries, but won't need to. And then, make sure you bring lots of food and drink.
Can I hire bikes locally?
There are a number of bike hires companies along the canal. However, we offer a pair of fold up electric bikes which can be hired from us and left on the boat for you when you arrive. The bikes cost £85 a week for the pair and can be booked when you make your initial booking.
What happens if I have a problem with the boat?
If there is a problem with the boat, please contact us in the first instance on 01225 447276. There is a Canal Boat rescue card in your information pack. Use this if you're in dire circumstances.
Do I need insurance?
You will need to take out your own holiday insurance, to cover you for if something goes wrong. The boat is insured and carries public liability and you are insured to drive the boat but any damage caused by you to the boat's contents and fixtures needs to be covered by your own insurance. We will ask to see a copy of this. Also, there is a £500 refundable deposit payable before boarding, this covers the insurance excess and any breakages during your stay.
Can I bring my pet?
Pets are welcome on the boat. There is a charge which I hope you appreciate is to cover the extra cleaning costs. First pet is £25 for the week and subsequent ones are £10 each pet for the week.
Can I fish from the boat?
If you want to fish on the Kennet and Avon, you'll need to get a license. They are relatively easy to get from CRT Canal Fishing License. Please don't bring any live bait into the Boat.
Is the boat child friendly?
Children are welcome on the boat. We can provide children's life jackets and gate guards, high chairs and cots. Let us know if you require any of these. The boat's stern is open, so if there are young children on the boat, please be extra cautious with them.
Is the boat disability friendly?
You get on to the boat via a gangplank and use steps to enter the cabin. The corridors are wide, but not wide enough for a wheelchair. Unfortunately this can be a limitation of canal boats.
How easy is it to find overnight mooring?
You can moor anywhere you like on the towpath side of the canal except: where you see a sign. 'private mooring', mooring reserved for lock or swing bridge use, turning points (winding holes),water points, and between locks that are very close to each other. Don't moor up near bridges or on sharp bends. If you are on the river always moor towards the flow of water.
Can you create a bespoke experience for me?
Lazy Daze Cruises pride ourselves on being able to offer you the holiday you want. If you have any specific requirements, a mariachi band, a candlelit dinner, let us know and we'll create the perfect bespoke holiday experience for you.
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