Planet Narrowboats
Planet Narrowboats

Planet Narrowboats is a training centre for Steerer and Boat Handling Training. RYA certified instructor. 

Helmsman, steerer or skipper, narrowboat, canalboat, barge - what ever term you use, we can help. 

Solo Boat handling a speciality.

Author of NARROWBOATING SOLO - WITH A CREW a unique book detailing a method which will prepare the reader for solo narrowboating whether by choice or not. Crew, in this method, are a bonus but not a necessity.

Click here or see Training for details or ring 07970 103217 or email to discuss.

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Skippered hire - discontinued
Skippered hire - discontinued


The idea of Skipper Hire has been over taken by training and we are now involved only with training activities. The descriptions below still provide details of the boat that is used for training and show the standard of fit-out and comfort provided to our trainees.



Narrowboat Mercury has recently successfully completed safety checks for Boat Safety Scheme Certificate and Small Passenger Boat Code. The Recreational Craft Directive assures that all these different aspects of boat and passenger safety are adhered to and at Planet Narrowboats we hold safety as the most important factor in our operating procedures. With a skipper constantly in charge when travelling, no gas aboard, high spec equipment and high standard of maintenance due to constant involvement with boat operation we ensure that as maintenence becomes necessary issues are dealt with promptly to avoid breakdowns and delays to the visitors.

Please contact us for updates on 07970 103217 or email at