Complete with ipod docking station, honesty bar, beer pump, small book exchange, and just about enough seating for all guests should the weather turn bad.
We prepare good home-cooked food in our little kitchen. You will also find tea, coffee, hot chocolate and fruit which you are welcome to help yourself to.
There are 2 bathrooms, each with flushing toilets (not the pumping yacht style!) and really good, hot, powerful showers.
There are 2 cabins of 4 bunks with a bi-folding door to separate them. Each bunk has an individual reading light and a space for your books, glasses, or phone.
Our cabin is at the front of the boat.
The rear deck is the more sociable area where you can take control of steering the boat and you’re next to the lounge and music. The front deck is very quiet. In fact you can barely hear the engine running, making it the perfect place to relax with a book. There is space outside for everyone to enjoy.
We have 240v sockets throughout the boat which can be used during the day to charge your phones and cameras. We also have central heating for those cooler days and nights.
Wandering Duck’s boat is a 69ft long by 6ft 10 inch wide Narrowboat. With such a restricted boat width you’ll find an ingenious use of space. Tables seem to appear from nowhere at meal times. It’s rather like a giant floating campervan!
Narrowboats are unique to the UK canal system. The canal network was built just over 200 years ago to transport cargo around the UK before the railways. This was one of many innovations that lead to the start of the Industrial Revolution.
Today, there are very few working boats on the canal system. However, recreational Narrowboats are still built to roughly the same dimensions. Any larger and they wouldn’t fit in to the locks and through the various narrows in the system.
Rakiraki is the Maori name for “Duck”.
I had high expectations of the trip, but I had no idea the boat would be so homely and cosy. Showers were really good and great chilled-out music!
– Jen, 26, Manchester