Welcome to the Blue Otter Boats!

Blue Otter Boats is a small, bespoke narrowboat hire company established in 2018.

With a boat on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Skipton and another on the Stratford Canal in Wootton Wawen, our objective is to put you first.

Whether you explore the historic routes from Leeds to Liverpool and beyond or the scenic waterways through Shakespeare country, we take pride in providing you with a holiday to remember and a boat you won’t easily forget.

Live the Narrowboat Dream

When you take the tiller of Blue Otter, and discover canal life on a narrowboat, a sense of freedom and exploration will quickly become addictive. As you drift gently around each bend, through each lock and under every bridge, a new discovery appears.

Venture further afield to discover the history and intrigue of Great Britain’s canals in all their glory, it all depends on how much time you have and how far you wish to go … and how addicted you become to the narrowboating life!

Whether you’re looking for a holiday with a difference or just want to unwind and take life at a more tranquil pace, Blue Otter narrowboats provide convenience and style for a memorable getaway.

A Seal of Quality

Blue Otter narrow boats are crafted by Nick Thorpe Boatbuilders.

Blue Otter Skipton is a 50ft cruiser built in November 2016.

Blue Otter Stratford is a 60ft cruiser built in February 2017.

Each boat carries a luxurious and elegant feel: More akin to luxury hotel room than Pirates of the Carribean

A Romp is Taking Shape

 The collective noun for a group of otters is a “Romp”.  If you own a boat or would like to build a boat and become part of the Blue Otter Boat romp, managing your own hire operation under the Blue Otter name, then please contact Mark Hopkins with an email to mark@blueotterboats.com