Living in the Slow Lane

Long term Canal boat hire


About us

We have been hiring canalboats in Stone Staffordshire  for nearly 70 years, shortbreaks. weeks, 2 weeks up to 6 weeks.  

For the last few years many customers have asked if we rent them out for longer periods, for  more than 6 weeks.

Yes we do!!

 Last year (2016) we had a lovely couple visit from Canada who went out on Lucy for 18 weeks with there dogs.  

A trip which took them over to the Pennines, Manchester  and into Wales.  



Whats included, how do we start?

Long term canal boat hire, whats included.  Your boat will be serviced, cleaned and ready to go with bedding, towels, gas and diesel.   A short intro into living aboard to cover the day to day bits for example i.e. servicing the engine, toilet pump outs, water filling etc.   

W arrange to meet up at a convenient spot for yourselves to do the various oil and filter changes, this happens every 8 or so weeks.    We also - for your peace of mind - operate a call out service.

So All you need to do now is choose your route and how long a trip? 


What size boat is it?

How many travelling?

We have several boats for canal boat long term hire for example -34ft Angela, 47ft Alice, 60ft Lucy, 68ft Olivia and 70ft Lillian.  (We do have other layouts, so give us a ring)

All are cruiser stern and have bow decks. Fully central heated,  open plan lounge areas, full size fridge, full size cookers, 240v and 12v electricity, hot and cold water, small hoover and table top washing machine (if needed). 


Which boat do I choose?

How much comfort do I want?

For example:-

Lucy has 2 bedrooms, one with a fixed double and 1 with 2 singles which can make up a double.  In the rear cabin there is a toilet and separate wash hand basin.  In the middle cabin we have a shower/wet room which also has a toilet and wash hand basin.

Lillian has 3 sleeping cabins  3 doubles or 2 doubles and a set of bunk beds. She has 2 shower/wetrooms with two toilets. 

For more info on our other boats, contact us.

All boats have open plan lounge areas with TV's/DVD and radio/cd players and all have either fixed seating or loose chairs and dining tables.  

In the galley we have full size cookers and fridges. All your pots, pans and crockery. 



Where can I go? You are only restricted by the length of boat. The Leeds and Liverpool canal will only accept 56ft through the locks.  The rest of the canals are fine. We are based on the Trent and Mersey in the midlands. 

You will be able to see most of the Shires of England from your floating cottage.


How long can I hire and the Costs involved?

How much is it? Prices starting on a 2 person boat from £750 per week for a minimum of  15 weeks upto a maximum of 25 weeks, Or for example, going on a larger boat able to sleep  8, the cost is approx £1000 per week. A returnable security deposit of £2000  is required.  Availabilty for 2019 is now limited  and we are  taking bookings for 2023 and 2024. We have shorter lets 3, 6, 9 and 12 weeks please contact for a price quote for 2022.

The boat will be full of diesel, have 3 full gas bottles, bedding, towels and serviced.  Toilets tank/s will last about 10 days -  2 weeks with careful use. 


Do I need a licence?

Is boating knowledge required and do we need a driving licence? No, we give you all the infomation and training you will need aboard and on the canals. 

Our boats are licenced for all the Canal system and certain rivers.


Opening Hours

Mon - Sat: 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Sunday: Closed



Want to know more? Why not get in touch either ring, email or why not call in? to discuss your needs.

Canal Cruising Co Ltd
Crown Street, Stone, Staffordshire. England

Tl: 01785813982

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