Our Handover Commitment


professional handover as part of the Drifters boating holiday experience

Handing over at the start of a canal boat holiday.

When looking for a company to take your first boating holiday with, you need to be sure you will be given suitable tuition before leaving the base.

It can be a daunting task travelling down the waterways for the first time. It isn't difficult, but in order that you feel comfortable you need to be with a company who takes your enjoyment and safety seriously. All Drifters operators do this. You will be shown how to steer your boat, and simple daily boat checks and safety instructions will be explained. You will be briefed on how to work locks, and told special features of the local waterways. Before you arrive, you will get the chance to watch a film which demonstrates lots of useful boatman’s tips.


The Quality Accredited Boatyard Programme


In addition, many of our members (listed below) are independently assessed in the Quality Accredited Boatyard scheme. This means that these companies regularly undergo an audit by independent expert assessors. This ensures their instruction and handover process to customers includes all the information you will need to be sure you will know how to handle the boat and facilities aboard, so you enjoy your boating adventure to the full.

The scheme draws together good practice from practical experience of the best hire boat operators in the UK.


Accredited Drifters Members:

Anglo Welsh, ABC Boat Hire, Black Prince, Foxhanger Boats, Kate Boats, Napton Narrowboats, Shire Cruisers, Union Canal Carriers.


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