Drifters - All about us


Drifters is a consortium of privately owned self-drive hire boat companies set up to promote enjoyment of canal holidays to potential customers nationally and globally.

We have some 500 high quality holiday boats between us, operating from 37 locations throughout the canals of England, Scotland and Wales so our fleet covers just about the whole canal system. Day Boat hire is also available from a number of locations. We are also associated with Flagships who provide fully catered and crewed hotel boats.

To become a member, you have to subscribe to the highest standards. All our boats are inspected either by VisitBritain or under the Drifters self assessed quality scheme to the same standard. Over the years, we have won many Tourist Board Gold and Silver Awards.

All members are trained and accredited byBM (British Marine) for Hire Boat Instruction and Handover Procedures. Click here for more details........


We are at the forefront in setting new standards in safety and customer care and are currently taking the lead in introducing a new safety DVD for the Canals and Rivers Trust, the third one in which we have been involved.

We work in partnership with the new Canal and River Trust in promoting the canals and offering advice to them for the greater enjoyment of our customers' holidays.

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