Welcome to Blue Otter Boats!

Bespoke Narrowboat Hire

Blue Otter Boats, established in 2018, offers bespoke narrowboat hire experiences, providing the perfect opportunity to explore England’s tranquil waterways while enjoying a countryside retreat on the move.

Located on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal in Skipton and the Stratford Canal in Wootton Wawen, our mission is to ensure your canal holiday is both relaxing and memorable. Whether you are a first-time boater or a seasoned boat pilot along England’s water highways, our team is dedicated to your safety and comfort. For beginners, we offer guidance through the initial swing bridges and locks until you feel confident navigating independently.

Canal Holidays in England

Embark on a journey along historic routes in Yorkshire and Lancashire or traverse scenic waterways through Shakespeare’s county to Stratford-upon-Avon. We take pride in delivering a holiday experience that leaves a lasting impression, accompanied by a boat that embodies comfort and charm.

Award-winning Boat Holiday Experience

In 2022 and 2023 we were delighted to be named winner of Nautical Tourism Awards as Best Canal Boat Holiday Experience – England.  The judging focused on a range of factors such as performance, ratings, customer feedback and testimonials. We would like to thank all our Blue Otter Boat guests for their reviews on our booking agent page at Hoseasons, as well as engagement on our social media pages across facebookinstagram, LinkedIn, and Google. All feedback is welcomed and we constantly strive to improve our service and keep the boating experience fresh.

Live the Narrowboat Dream

When you take the tiller of Blue Otter, and experience 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 narrowboats are crafted by Nick Thorpe Boatbuilders.

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

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

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 group, managing your own hire operation under the Blue Otter name, then we’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch with an email to our Chief Executive Otters at ceo@blueotterboats.com

Narrow boat moored up at dusk to a sunset in Yorkshire. Pretty flowers on the roof of the boat. Navigating the waterway