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Show me the ropes

Learn the ropes of using and maintaining a boat

Show me the ropes

Our ’Show Me The Ropes’ service is aimed at those who are new to boating.

Our friendly and experienced instructors are on hand to guide new owners through all they will need to know to maximise enjoyment of both their boat and the river.

Sessions include:


Onboard checklists

Pre and post a river trip, there are a few essentials to consider. In this session, we cover aspects such as: fuelling, oil pressure, stop cocks, electrics, weed filters, starting your engines, disconnecting mains services, organising ropes etc.


Boat handling

This fun session is all about learning to handle your craft safely and with confidence. We also cover rules & etiquettes of the river, coping with different weather conditions, river levels and so on.


Negotiating locks

This extremely valuable session takes you through the dos and don'ts when taking your boat through the numerous locks you will encounter. In the absence of some initial pointers many first timers can find this aspect more than a little stressful. We show you how it can be done simply, safely and without attracting too much of an audience!


Mooring

This session takes you through the process of how to maneouver & dock your boat safely, avoiding potential knocks to both your boat and the pontoon. We also show you how to tie your boat securely - literally showing you the ropes.


Winterising

We take you through all the essential aspects necessary to protect your boat through the winter months.


Dealing with breakdowns

Here we can advise you of the best course of action should you encounter various problems down river. We also offer a 24/7 helpline & recovery service for a small subscription.

HALF DAY SESSIONS - £100+VAT AND FULL DAY SESSIONS - £180+VAT (+ TRAVEL EXPENSES OUTSIDE OF BEDFORD).

HOURLY RATES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

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