Based on our own experience of cruising the canals for months at a time, the following list forms the core items you will find on board your boat.

First, the boaty bits.

Boating Equipment

    3 ropes (1 each end and 1 in centre)

    2 windlasses

    1 T-bar key for secured locks and bridges

    3 mooring stakes

    1 hammer

    Hosepipe for filling the water tank

    Opener for water cap, fuel cap and pump-out cap


    Life ring

    Keys for boat ignition, back and front doors, and British Waterways key for locked water points, and operation of electric bridges

Secondly, but equally important, the culinary department

Kitchen Items

    Belfast sink

    Fridge with small freezer

    Gas cooker

    Kettle with whistle

    3 saucepans with lids: small, medium, and large

    Frying pan

    Baking tray

    Pizza tray (please do not put pizzas direct on to oven shelves)

    16 piece set of Knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons

    Serving spoons


    Bread knife

    Chopping knives

    Chopping board

    General kitchen utensils

    Washing up liquid

    Kitchen cleaner

    Dish cloth

    Pan scrubber

    Tea towels

    Corkscrew and bottle opener


    Mixing bowls

    Casserole dishes

    Measuring jug

    Pan stand

    Dinner plates

    Small plates

    Cereal /pudding bowls


    Various serving dishes

    Wine glasses

    Drinking glasses

    Fruit bowl

    Teapot and sugar bowl


    Place mats and coasters

    Rooftop herb garden

Thirdly, the lifestyle elements

(We also provide welcome canapés for your arrival)

On Board

    Central heating

    Fire extinguishers and blanket

    Keychain hanger

    Small torch

    Toilet roll

    Soap bar

    Wool blankets (please do not take soft furnishings outside)

    Folding chairs and table

    Double /single duvet

    2 Pillows (more can be requested)

    Mattress protector on each bed

    Fitted sheet


    Games selection

    Reading library

    Artist set and guitar (Blue Otter Skipton)

    Wifi (Blue Otter Wootton Wawen)


    Smart TV

    Navigation maps

    Otter Soft Toy


With all these items, you’re set to cruise for weeks, spend a long weekend or enjoy an otterly relaxing short break and a completely different lifestyle.

View this short video of a journey on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal with Blue Otter Skipton.