Do you or does anyone you know want to learn the basics of how to steer and manoeuvre a narrowboat? Well, we offer ‘experience days’ to learn just that - the 'experience' will last for 4 hours and in that time you will learn the following:
The training will be done by me, Hester. I own and have operated Star Narrowboat Holidays since 2012. I hold Quality Accredited Boatyard status (QAB). The QAB status is not a star rating, it's an accreditation that offers reassurances of safe and legal practices together with good customer service. This means that my handovers (including teaching boat management skills) and customer service have been assessed by British Marine who run the QAB scheme with licence from VisitEngland.
Many people who hire with us are beginners, though happily an increasing number are 'returners'! Here's some feedback from the Guest Book and online reviews:
We are now, well and truly hooked, thanks in no small part to Hester at Star. The quality of her boats, her tuition, her dedication to ensuring that you enjoy yourself is second to none. Adrian & Andrea (Ireland, UK).
A little daunted at the prospect initially but Hester’s laid-back nature and expert tuition put me right at ease, got the hang of it in no time. Cat & Scotty (Yorkshire, UK).
Experience days are usually run from November to April - other times may be available please enquire.
Due to the current pandemic our Experience Days are not running (temporary measure)
Note: This is not an accredited Helmsman Certificate, please see the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) for information about accredited helmsman courses.
The cost for the 'Experience Day' is £100 for 2 persons for 4 hours training, hot and cold drinks will be provided (please bring your own lunch). Payment can be made by bank transfer, cash, cheque, credit card via Paypal (add 2%).
If you’d like an ‘Experience Day’ with a night spent aboard the boat back at base, on our linear mooring (not with me of course ;)) the cost is £240. Bedding, towels and coal for the solid fuel stove is included in the price.
Tel: +44 (0)7944 404 227
Star Narrowboat Holidays
14 Quayside Close
Manchester, M28 1YB
The 'Experience' starts here!
Lilli at the helm photo by Brendan
Stay for the night - the 'Deluxe Version'!
Receive a 10% discount on 7 or more nights hire if you complete an 'Experience Day'.