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Welcome to Rose Narrowboats

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Given the current global conditions in regards to the Corona Virus we have produced some temporary terms and conditions.

We are hoping these will help our customers.

Please click on this link for Covid-19 temporary t&c’s which should be read in association with our normal Terms and Conditions.


Following the general advice regarding non-essential travel during the Corona Virus outbreak and Canal & River Trust’s advice that boat movements should be for essential purposes only until 14th April at least, we have suspended the operation of our hirefleet until such a time as the restrictions are lifted. We have contacted all our customers with bookings commencing before the beginning of June, and we will continue to monitor the situation, postponing more bookings if necessary.
Our office, shop and chandlery are also closed. If you require urgent assistance please contact us by email and we will do our utmost to help.

Rose Narrowboats

Bridge 30

Trading since 1972 we are one of the oldest established narrowboat hire fleet companies and excellence in hiring canal boats is what we continue to be best known for today.

Hire Fleet

Fanfare on Oxford Canal
Fanfare with Bridge 30

From our boatyard in the heart of the English canal network we operate a fleet of quality narrowboats ranging in size from 2-10 berth.

All our boats are available to hire almost all year round, from 2 days up to 6 months or anything in between.

Our location also means we are the perfect starting point for a wide variety of routes, all with their own features.

All our boats including the Day boat ‘Rosette’ are self-drive.

We give full instruction of how to operate your boat so even if you have not been on a boat before you will find it very easy.

Please check out our ‘New to Boating’ page.

Overseas Visitors account for about 30% of our clients at Rose Narrowboats. We have some extra useful information if you are coming from overseas but as always please get in touch with us if you have any special requirements.

Long Term Hire, 4 weeks or more, can be a great way to see England and Wales by boat with lots of interesting places to visit. Taking your accommodation with you, so no need to keep packing and unpacking from destination to destination as you travel around the country.

Day Boat

Rosette Day Boat Hire

As well as our hire fleet we also have a popular self-drive day boat.

The Oxford Canal in this area offers a great day’s boating for any occasion or gathering of up to 12 people.

With a choice of travelling North or South from our base you can enjoy the stunning scenery with the choice of pubs to have lunch or bring along your own picnic.


Rosette and Shop

With a team of highly skilled engineers, painters, carpenters and electricians employed at the yard we can carry out any kind of work from minor repairs to major refits, upgrades and new boat builds.

Using our slip-way we are able to carry out any out of water maintenance such as hull blacking, steelwork repairs, stern gear replacement and marine surveys.

Mobile Repair Service

Workboat 3
Surveyor checking side of boat

From our fully equipped mobile workshop we are able to offer a prompt and professional breakdown and repair service covering a wide area of the country.

As well as standard breakdowns and servicing we can do major repairs including welding.

We are also qualified to carry out Marine Surveys for boat integrity.

No job is too big or too small.

We are Achilles registered, guaranteeing high quality work with an environmentally and safety conscious approach to everything we do.

Decorative Painting and Traditional Chandlery

Traditional Canalware in the shop

We are the only UK based manufacturer of traditional water cans and handbowls available either unfinished or fully painted in house.

We can also supply traditional ironwork by Keith Thomas, a blacksmith based here.

We have a well, stocked shop holding everything from souvenirs, food and boating essentials to all the parts you need to build or repair a boat.

We also sell the traditional paintwork items that we manufacture.

Commercial Workboat Hire and Repair

Slough pushing a hopper

Keeping canals well maintained is important to us, and we have a dredger, a fleet of tugs and various general, purpose workboats available for hire with or without operators.

We have full facilities to refurbish and maintain commercial fleets.

We are pleased to have Canal & River Trust as one of our customers for whom we carry out reactive repairs, servicing and maintenance work.