Canal Boat Grading

We are committed to providing you with a high quality boating holiday and guest care experience.

Our Self Assessment Quality Grading Scheme for hire boats classifies each boat into one of five quality ratings where Five Stars is the highest award and One Star the lowest.

The criteria used is very similar to other well known star grading schemes so that you can be assured of a consistent quality standard. We endeavour to ensure Boat Handoverthat the pricing and booking conditions are clear and straightforward in order to provide you with good information to help you make the best choice of holiday.


5 Star Rating

Highest levels of decor, fixtures and fittings. Highest range of accessories and personal touches provided. Saloon/Living area not used as sleeping cabin at the lower recommended occupancy level. 240 Volts AC electrical power supply available as described in the individual boat details.

Summary : Excellent to exeptional overall level of quality.

4 Star Rating

High level of comfort and quality throughout with all beds permanently made up at the lower recommended occupancy level.

Summary : Very good to excellent overall level of quality.

3 Star Rating

Interior: Good standard of maintenance and decoration along with a good quality and range of furniture, furnishings and fittings. Generally more space available than 2 star, Colour TV and Radio plus Cassette or CD player fitted. Lighting for each berth.

Summary : Good to very good overall quality.

2 Star Rating

Interior: Radio/Cassette player fitted. Colour TV either available or provided on request

Summary : Quite good to good overall level of quality.

1 Star Rating

Interior: Interior: High standard of cleanliness throughout the boat. Adequate provision and quality of furniture, furnishings and fittings. Galley equipped to meet all essential requirements. Central heating system and lighting throughout. TV available. Shower, toilet and washbasin. Exterior: All fixtures, fittings and finishes maintained in a clean and sound condition.

Summary : Acceptable overall level off quality.


Please note that if a boat does not have a star rating, it may mean it is a new boat and has not been rated yet, or the boat is awaiting a rating.