Black Prince Narrowboat Hire in England - Scotland - UK
2017 Hire Rates

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Springer Special
Take your second consecutive week at 50% off brochure price
on holidays commencing March 10th to July 15th inclusive.
Autumn Saver
Take your second consecutive week at 50% off brochure price
on holidays commencing September 11th to October 10th inclusive.
Discount Weeks
10% Off your second and subsequent weeks
Loyalty Scheme
Our new discounts are based on the number of times you have cruised with us and they apply to both short breaks and longer holidays,
saving you up to £200 on top of any other current discounts !
1 Time - 2% Discount
2 Times - 4% Discount
3 Times - 6% Discount
4 Times - 8% Discount

Available Bases:
Acton Bridge Base - Bradford on Avon Base - Chirk Base - Clifton Base - Ely Base
Falkirk Base - Napton Base - Stoke Prior Base - The Peak District Base

2017 Rates are per week and shown in British Pounds
Pick up Date
Princess 2
Duchess 2 Princess 4
Duchess 4 (4/5)
Princess 6 Duchess 6 Duchess 8
2017 Season
2/4 Berth 2/4 Berth 4/6 Berth
4/5 Berth
4/6 Berth 6/8 Berth 8/10 Berth
Clifton Winter Timetable
Nov 4 to March 3
£899   £999     £1,299  
Bradford on Avon Winter Timetable
Feb 12 to March 4
£899   £999   £1,199 £1,299  
March 11
£899 £949 £999
£1,099
£1,199 £1,299 £1,399
March 18
£899 £949 £999
£1,099
£1,199 £1,299 £1,399
March 25
£899 £949 £999
£1,099
£1,199 £1,299 £1,399
April 01
£999 £1,049 £1,199
£1,299
£1,399 £1,599 £1,699
April 08
£999 £1,049 £1,199
£1,299
£1,399 £1,599 £1,699
April 15 (Easter)
£1,199 £1,249 £1,399
£1,499
£1,699 £1,899 £2,099
April 22
£999 £1,049 £1,199
£1,299
£1,399 £1,599 £1,699
April 29 (Bank Holiday)
£1,199 £1,249 £1,399
£1,499
£1,699 £1,899 £2,099
May 06
£1,099 £1,149 £1,299
£1,399
£1,599 £1,799 £1,999
May 13
£1,099 £1,149 £1,299
£1,399
£1,599 £1,799 £1,999
May 20
£1,399 £1,149 £1,299
£1,399
£1,599 £1,799 £1,999
May 27 (Bank Holiday)
£1,299 £1,349 £1,599
£1,799
£1,899 £2,199 £2,499
June 03
£1,299 £1,349 £1,499
£1,599
£1,799 £1,999 £2,299
June 10
£1,299 £1,349 £1,499
£1,599
£1,799 £1,999 £2,299
June 17
£1,271 £1,349 £1,499
£1,599
£1,799 £1,999 £2,299
June 24
£1,299 £1,349 £1,499
£1,599
£1,799 £1,999 £2,299
July 01
£1,299 £1,349 £1,499
£1,599
£1,799 £1,999 £2,299
July 08
£1,299 £1,349 £1,499
£1,599
£1,799 £1,999 £2,299
July 15
£1,299 £1,349 £1,499
£1,599
£1,799 £2,199 £2,299
July 22
£1,399 £1,449 £1,599
£1,799
£1,899 £2,199 £2,499
July 29
£1,399 £1,499 £1,599
£1,799
£1,899 £2,199 £2,499
August 05
£1,399 £1,499 £1,599
£1,799
£1,899 £2,199 £2,499
August 12
£1,399 £1,499 £1,599
£1,799
£1,899 £2,199 £2,499
August 19
£1,399 £1,499 £1,599
£1,799
£1,899 £2,199 £2,499
August 26
£1,399 £1,499 £1,599
£1,799
£1,899 £2,199 £2,499
September 02
£1,299 £1,349 £1,499
£1,599
£1,799 £1,199 £2,299
September 09
£1,199 £1,249 £1,399
£1,499
£1,699 £1,899 £2,099
September 16
£1,099 £1,149 £1,299
£1,399
£1,599 £1,799 £1,999
September 23
£999 £1,049 £1,199
£1,299
£1,399 £1,599 £1,699
September 23
£999
£1,049
£1,199
£1,299
£1,399
£1,599
£1,699
October 07
£899 £949 £999
£1,099
£1,199 £1,299 £1,399
October 14
£899 £949 £999
£1,099
£1,199 £1,299 £1,399
October 21
£1,099 £1,149 £1,299
£1,399
£1,599 £1,799 £1,999
October 28
£899 £949 £999
£1,099
£1,199 £1,299 £1,399
Clifton Winter Timetable
Oct 27 to Dec 08
Dec 15 to Dec 29
£899
£1,299
  £999
£1,499
    £1,299
£1,999
 

Pick up available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday*
*Falkirk Base only Saturday and Wednesday

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted

2017 Shortbreak are shown in British Pounds
Pick up Date
Princess 2
Duchess 2
2017 Season
2/4 Berth 2/4 Berth 4/6 Berth
4/5 Berth
4/6 Berth 6/8 Berth 8/10 Berth
Clifton Winter Timetable
Nov 4 to March 3
£599 £669     £869  
Bradford on Avon Winter Timetable
Feb 12 to March 4
£599   £669   £799 £869  
March 11
£599 £639 £669
£729
£799 £869 £939
March 18
£599 £639 £669
£729
£799 £869 £939
March 25
£599 £639 £669
£729
£799 £869 £939
April 01
£599 £699 £799
£869
£799 £1,069 £1,139
April 08
£599 £699 £799
£869
£939 £1,069 £1,139
April 15 (Easter)
£799 £839 £939
£999
£1,139 £1,269 £1,399
April 22
£699 £699 £799
£869
£939 £1,069 £1,139
April 29
£799 £839 £939
£999
£1,139 £1,269 £1,339
May 06
£739 £769 £869
£939
£1,069 £1,199 £1,339
May 13
£739 £769 £869
£939
£1,069 £1,199 £1,339
May 20
£739 £769 £869
£939
£1,069 £1,199 £1,399
May 27 (Bank Holiday)
£939 £969 £1,069
£1,199
£1,269 £1,469 £1,699
June 03
£869 £899 £999
£1,069
£1,199 £1,399 £1,539
June 10
£869 £899 £999
£1,069
£1,199 £1,399 £1,539
June 17
£869 £899 £999
£1,069
£1,199 £1,399 £1,539
June 24
£869 £899 £999
£1,069
£1,199 £1,399 £1,539
July 01
£869 £899 £999
£1,069
£1,199 £1,399 £1,539
July 08
£869 £899 £999
£1,069
£1,199 £1,399 £1,539
July 15
£869 £899 £999
£1,069
£1,199 £1,399 £1,539
July 22
£939 £969 £1,069
£1,199
£1,269 £1,469 £1,699
July 29
£939 £969 £1,069
£1,199
£1,269 £1,439 £1,699
August 05
£939 £969 £1,069
£1,199
£1,269 £1,469 £1,699
August 12
£939 £969 £1,069
£1,199
£1,269 £1,469 £1,699
August 19
£939 £969 £1,069
£1,199
£1,269 £1,469 £1,539
August 26 (Bank Holiday)
£939 £969 £1,069
£1,199
£1,269 £1,469 £1,399
September 02
£869 £899 £999
£1,069
£1,199 £1,399 £1,339
September 09
£799 £839 £939
£999
£1,139 £1,269 £1,399
September 18
£739 £769 £869
£939
£1,069 £1,199 £1,339
September 23
£669 £699 £799
£869
£939 £1,069 £1,139
September 30
£669 £699 £799 £869 £939 £1,069 £1,139
October 07
£599 £639 £669
£729
£799 £869 £939
October 14
£599 £639 £669
£729
£799 £869 £939
October 21
£739 £769 £869
£939
£1,069 £1,199 £1,339
October 28
£599 £639 £669
£739
£799 £869 £939
Clifton Winter Timetable
Oct 27 to Dec 08
Dec 15 to Dec 29
£599
£869
  £669
£999
   
£869
£1,399
 

Pick up available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday*
*Falkirk Base only Saturday and Wednesday

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted



 

Rates Include:

  • VAT and Canal Tolls
  • Damage Waiver
  • Crockery and Cutlery
  • Bed Linen
  • Gas
  • Boat Equipment
  • Buoyancy Aids
  • Technical Help
  • Car Parking

Boat Insurance - Damage Waiver:
Damage Waiver is now included in your rates. This gives you full insurance for the boat with no excess payable in the event of any damage / loss or accident to your boat or it inventory. This avoids the requirement for a damage deposit payment of £500 to cover the insurance excess pending any claims.

The following exclusions apply to the Damage Waiver:

  • Speeding (witnessed or reported)
  • Malicious, negligent or intentional damage to the boat, its equipment, the waterway, or any other boat or structures.
  • Damage to the rudder or skeg, due to cill damage in locks.
  • Return of the boat in an unclean condition.
    In the case of any of the above being reported, we shall claim full cost of repairs, replacement or compensation.


Rates do NOT Include:

  • Transfers to / from the base
  • Fuel and Oil
  • One Way Surcharge
  • Waterways Guide
  • Security Deposit
  • Optional Extras

Canal Maps and Books:
The following Peasrson Canal Guides are available for purchase. Other books and maps are available for purchase at the base along with various souvenirs.

GUIDE
Price in Pounds
Grand Union, Oxford & South East
£16.50
Cheshire Ring
£11.50
Welsh Waters (Shropshire and Llangollen)
£11.50
Four Counties Ring
£11.50
Stourport Ring
£11.50
Severn and Avon
£11.50
South Midlands & Warwickshire Ring
£11.50
Oxford and Grand Union
£11.50
Pennine Waters
£11.50
Geo Forth and Clyde & Unions
£6.50
For postage overseas please add £3.50 to the price of each guide

WiFi:
WiFi is a permanent fixture on all boats ONLY at our Falkirk base. WiFi is available only on a first come first served basis at all the other bases and must be requested at the time of booking. As there are a limited number of the WiFi units at each base there is no guarantee that a WiFi unit can be provided even if requested. The WiFi usage is NOT unlimited. There is a usage limit of 4 gig per week available after which there may be a charge to the customer. Please remember this is a FREE service provided by Black Prince Holidays and is always subject to availability at the time of arrival.

Short Breaks:
Short Breaks are available as follows:

  • Saturday Afternoon to Tuesday Afternoon
  • Wednesday Morning to Saturday Morning
  • Friday Afternoon to Monday Morning*
  • Monday Afternoon to Friday Morning*
  • *These days not available from Falkirk Wheel

Pick up and Return Times:
Pick up takes place between 2:30pm and 4:00pm.
Drop off takes place by 9:30am.
Do allow time for pick up and drop off procedures.

Late Return:
Should you return the boat later than the scheduled time of 9:30am, a late fee of up to GBP £50 per hour or part there of will apply. Please contact the base if you think you are going to be late.

Gas, Fuel and Water:
The boat has a 100 gallon water tank which should be refilled daily from water points along the canal. Diesel fuel will be charged upon return of the boat and the cost per litre will be slightly lower than supermarket prices. (2012 – average cost £10-15 per day). The boats will typically use between 1.2-1.7 litres per hour depending on driving style. The central heating systems are oil fired, which will also use diesel during colder periods.

Age Limits:
The Hirer must be aged 25 years or over. Though there is no age limit for driving the boat, the Hirer warrants that whenever the boat is driven by a person aged under eighteen years they will always be under the close supervision of a competent adult. Where a boat is occupied by a group comprising mainly young persons, the Hirer warrants that at all times a responsible person aged more than 25 years will be in charge of the group.

Black Prince may at its discretion cancel any booking made in contravention of this condition before or at the start date. In this event any money paid will be forfeit and any balance payment will remain due unless Black Prince is able to re-let. If Black Prince is able to re-let the Hirer will remain liable for 15% of the price to cover administration expenses.

Black Prince may at its discretion cancel the booking and refuse to hand over the boat to any person or group who in its opinion is not suitable to take charge on the grounds of age, inexperience, suspected influence of alcohol or drugs or any reason that may adversely affect the safety of any person, or commercial interests of Black Prince. In this event (and provided that the Hirer is not in breach of other parts of the agreement) Black Prince will refund any monies paid and the contract shall be discharged without further liability on either party.

Black Prince may repossess the boat at any time if in the opinion of Black Prince the Hirer is unsuitable for the reasons given above or if the Hirer is not behaving responsibly or if the boat or any persons are at risk. In this event the Hirer shall remain liable to pay the hire price and no refund shall be due.

Pets:
Pets are welcome, but please provide your own blankets / baskets. They are not allowed on seating or beds and may not be left unattended. Pets are not covered under the company's insurance policy and the Hirer shall be liable for the cost of any damage or extra cleaning required. A maximum of 2 pets per boat. There is a charge of £25.00 per pet.

Booking Agreement
A booking is a legally binding contract. Submission of a completed booking form is an offer by the Hirer and the booking agreement is made only if and when the Company gives a written boat hire confirmation. Telephone bookings do not create legal agreements and any offer by the Company to hold a reservation is not legally binding except where the booking deposit is authorised by the hirer by credit card when acceptance by the company shall create the booking agreement though the hirer shall also complete a booking form. The contract includes these conditions which the Hirer accepts having read and agreed them.

The entire contract between the Company and the Hirer is contained in these Conditions and the booking form and no representations, terms, warranty or condition expressed or implied shall be deemed to be or have been made or agreed or imported by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. No agent, servant or representative of the Company has any right to alter or vary or waive any of these conditions. Nor is any such person authorised to undertake any liability whatsoever on behalf of the Company.

These conditions can only be varied with the written permission signed by a Director or the General Manager of the Company. The Hirer acknowledges that no statement or representation which may have been made by or on behalf of the Company induced the Hirer to enter into the contract and that any such statements or representations do not form part of the contract. Any liability of the Company and any remedy of the Hirer in respect of any such statement or representation is excluded save in so far as liability in respect of any particular statement or representation may not be excluded by law.

In accepting a booking, the company's responsibility does not extend beyond the provision of the boat and in particular there is no warranty that any particular route will be available for navigation during the period of hire. Where more than one boat is booked on the same booking form each boat shall be deemed to be the subject of a separate contract. Bookings for optional extras are taken subject to availability on the start date.

Group Bookings, Age Limits and Unsuitable Hirers
The Hirer must be aged 25 years or over. Though there is no age limit for driving the boat, the Hirer warrants that whenever the boat is driven by a person aged under eighteen years they will always be under the close supervision of a competent adult. Where a boat is occupied by a group comprising mainly young persons, the Hirer warrants that at all times a responsible person aged more than 21 years will be in charge of the group.


The Company may at its discretion cancel any booking made in contravention of this condition before or at the start date. In this event any money paid will be forfeit and any balance payment will remain due unless the Company is able to re-let. If the Company is able to re-let the Hirer will remain liable for 15% of the price to cover administration expenses.

The Company may at its discretion cancel the booking and refuse to hand over the boat to any person or group who in its opinion is not suitable to take charge on the grounds of infirmity, ill health, disability, suspected influence of alcohol or drugs or who have failed to demonstrate a reasonable standard of competence following appropriate instruction in boat handling. In this event the Company will refund all monies paid for boat hire and the contract shall be discharged without further liability on either party.

The Company may repossess the boat at any time if in the opinion of the Company the Hirer is unsuitable for the reasons given above or if the Hirer is not behaving responsibly or if the boat or any persons are at risk. In this event the Hirer shall remain liable to pay the hire price and no refund shall be due.

Cancellations and Changes
The agreement including the payment terms is a legally binding contract and may not be cancelled or amended except as provided in the Conditions. Should the Hirer wish to cancel or amend the booking they must advise the Company immediately by telephone and at the same time send written confirmation by Recorded Delivery post.

The company reserves the right to levy an administration charge of £35 for any alteration to a booking made by the hirer after it has issued a booking confirmation. In the event of a cancellation, the deposit will be forfeited and the hirer will pay the balance price on the due date. The Company may at its discretion waive the balance price if it is successful in re-letting the boat for the whole of the hire period. It is therefore strongly recommended that the hirers protect themselves against cancellation liability by taking out cancellation protection.

In the event of any claim being disallowed for any reason the hirer remains liable for the full hire charges. In the event of the operator being unable to re-book the boat the hirer will remain responsible for the full hire price unless covered by a cancellation protection scheme.

Hire Period, Collection and Return of Boat
The hire period is as shown in the booking confirmation. The Company will endeavour to have the boat ready for the Hirer between 2.30pm and 4pm on Saturday start dates and from 9.30am on Wednesday starts. The hirer must notify the company of any likely delay in arrival as soon as possible by fax or telephone.

Before the Hirer departs with the boat the Company will give the Hirer such instructions, demonstrations and trials as it thinks fit and require the hirer to check and sign for the contents, inventory and Boat Acceptance. In the event that the boat is not available because of circumstances beyond the company's control the Company may substitute a boat of similar accommodation but if no such boat is available the Company shall refund any payments made but shall not otherwise be liable and the contract shall be discharged.

The boat shall be returned to the company's hire base and be vacated in a clean and tidy condition no later than 9.30am on Saturday return days and 2.30pm Tuesdays. Hirers are responsible for ensuring that their cruising schedule allows time for unforeseen contingencies so as to permit their return and vacation of the boat by the scheduled time.

Breach of this condition will incur an additional charge of up to £50 per hour or part thereof. In addition, the Hirer will be liable for any extra costs and/or damages incurred by the Company as a result of the boat not being available on time for the next Hirer. Where the Company has to recover a boat and return it to the base, the Hirer shall be liable for all the costs involved.

Where operational circumstances make it necessary the Company reserves the right to require the boat to start from or return to a place other than its normal base of operation. In such circumstances the Company will where necessary provide transport to the original base. The Hirer is responsible to return the boat to its originating base. If the hirer fails to do so except for unavoidable cause the Hirer will be liable to pay to the Company the cost of recovering the boat.

Insurance
The company insures the boat and its equipment and inventory against public liability risks. The company's insurance does not cover personal accidents or loss or damage to personal effects. Hirers and their crews are advised to take out their own personal insurance cover. The price includes a compulsory accidental damage waiver per booking.

Accidental damage waiver excludes damage arising from speeding, contact with a lock sill causing damage to the rudder, skeg or stern gear, TV aerials, chimneys, malicious or intentional damage to the boat. Also excluded is malicious or intentional damage to other boats and property and the late return of the boat and return of the boat in unclean condition.


The Hirer will indemnify the Company against all costs, damage, expenses, liability and claims howsoever arising from the negligence, neglect or default of the Hirer to the extent that they are not covered by the company's policy.

Maintenance, Repairs, Damage and Breakdown
The Hirer shall take reasonable care of the boat its equipment and contents and shall return them at the end of the hire period in accordance with the company's instructions and in good clean and tidy order and condition.

The Hirer shall notify the company in the event of breakdown, damage, theft or loss and shall provide full details and comply with the company's instructions. The Hirer must not undertake or have undertaken any repairs, adjustment or service without the company's prior approval. Any repairs or replacements by the Hirer without the company's approval will not be accepted.

The Hirer shall be responsible for getting the boat off mud banks or other grounding and for removal of weeds, rope and other matter from propellers.
The Hirer shall notify the Company if any of these operations cannot be carried out without risk of accident or damage. The Hirer shall have no claim on the company as a result of breakdown or failures of the boat and its equipment or for any delays caused by repairs to the boat. The Hirer shall comply with the company's instructions; otherwise the Hirer shall be liable for any loss or damage incurred.

Hirer's Property
Vehicles may be left in the company's car parks at the owner's risk. The company will be under no liability for any loss of or damage to vehicles or contents of the hirers or other peoples property on the boat or elsewhere or howsoever caused except by the company's negligence or that of those for whom the Company is responsible. Hirers are particularly advised not to leave any valuable or portable items in the car.


The Company shall take such action as may be necessary to silence car alarms in the company's car parks and to recover the costs from the Hirer.
The Company may return hirer's property left behind if claimed and following the receipt of payment for postage and packing (minimum charge £10). Property not claimed within two months from the end date will be disposed of by the Company.

Fuel, Gas, Water etc..
The boat is handed over ready fuelled and the price includes the cost of fuel consumed. If refuelling becomes necessary, it may only take place at the premises of suppliers designated by the Company. The Company will only reimburse the cost to the Hirer for fuel purchases that are authorised, and in the case of gas on a like for like exchange, and on presentation of a V.A.T. receipt.

The Company may make a fuel surcharge if there is any material increase of diesel or gas prices or duty. Whilst water supply and moorings on the canals are normally free of charge, any costs incurred are the responsibility of the Hirer. Where pump-outs are required to toilet tanks, the cost is the responsibility of the Hirer unless carried out at the company's base
.

Cancellation Conditions:
If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your booking, send a letter of explanation to the hirer as soon as possible. A cancellation fee according to the following scale will be charged.

More than 56 Days
Loss of 60% of hire charges
Less than 56 Days
100% of hiring fee
Amendment Fees
£50 per amnedment /
£65 after final documents issued
NO REFUNDS FOR EARLY RETURNS OF BOATS

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