Narrow boat moored at the side of the canal. Food and drink to enjoy while cruising.

Cruise at your own pace and moor up at the side of the canal wherever you choose. If you want to make some distance, eat and drink on the go. Travelling at 4mph, you can take in the scenery and eat at the same time!

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

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Secondly, but equally important, the culinary department

Blue Otter narrow boats have fully-equipped kitchens with a gas oven, fridge and Belfast sink. All kitchen equipment is supplied.

Canal boating holidays are ideal for self-isolating and self-catering staycations with a fully-equipped kitchen. After your initial grocery shop, you will be stocked up for your entire cruise. The only question each day, is who is cooking and who is piloting the boat?

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

Add to your canal holiday with creative pursuits of music or drawing. Dine outdoors with portable chairs and dining table to fit the stern area.

Enjoy the time between cruising with guitar playing or drawing on Blue Otter Skipton. Our foldable chairs and table fit comfortably on the stern area for alfresco dining, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, an aperitif or dinner.

(We also provide welcome canapés for your arrival)

On Board

    Central heating

    Fire extinguishers and blanket

    Keychain hanger

    Small torch

    Toilet roll

    Soap bar

    Covid-19 hand-sanitzer

    Folding chairs and table

    King-sized duvet

    4 Pillows

    Mattress protector

    Fitted sheet


    Warm water for the shower, bathroom & kitchen sinks

    Artist set and guitar on request (Blue Otter Skipton)

    Wifi (Blue Otter Wootton Wawen)


    Smart TV

    Navigation maps

    Otter Soft Toy

    Kindly note that we no longer provide games

    or reading literature on board due to covid-19


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 from one of our guests on a journey along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal with Blue Otter Skipton.

Narrow boat bed showing the soft toy, towels and wardrobe. Also the outdoor seating area on the stern of the narrow boat.

Luxury canal boat interiors showing comfortable bed, wardrobe and relaxed outdoor seating for meals on the stern of the narrow boat.